Rhodri Marsden

Rhodri Marsden is the Technology Columnist for The Independent; he has also written about crumpets, Captain Beefheart, rude place names and string. He's also a musician who plays in the band Scritti Politti, and won the under-10 piano category at the 1980 Watford Music Festival by playing a piece called "Silver Trumpets" with verve and aplomb.

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Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: Lord Winchelsea's red flag

The Locomotive Act 1865 stipulated that any self-propelled road vehicle had to be preceded by a person walking at least 60 yards ahead, carrying a red flag

Getting to know you: Ultra Hal, Zabaware's chatbot

Not even chatbots want to talk about the weather

Rhodri Marsden tried to make casual chat with a bot known as Ultra Hal

Frozen out: Elsa

Let It Go: Why are some song titles used over and over again?

There's no copyright on using song titles again. So, are singles' doubles mistakes on the part of songwriters, or are they nice little earners?

Happy campers: a family relax outside their caravan in Berkshire in 1934

How the world of caravanning has moved up a gear in the last 130 years

The Wanderer was the first touring mobile home, writes Rhodri Marsden, who looks at the enduring appeal of caravanning

Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: The cash dispenser

The cash dispenser was invented 48 years ago by John Shepherd-Barron, then the managing director of banknote printers De La Rue

'Amazon, in case you hadn’t noticed, is about selling stuff'

Let's not get too excited about those five-star Amazon reviews

On the internet, debates about everything are dominated by extreme voices

Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: The doughnut hole

The invention has been attributed to Hanson Gregory, a citizen of Rockport, Maine, who impaled his doughnut on one of the spokes of a ship's wheel

'Craft' is having a moment - but what does it mean that so many of us are now creating our own greetings cards?

Rhodri Marsden is mesmerised by paper dreams on the set of Create And Craft

Had a dull day? Facebook wants to hear about it

Earlier this week, screen shots leaked of a new Facebook strategy that it appears to be trialling: recommended topics

Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: Eadweard Muybridge's 'Sallie Gardner at a Gallop'

Muybridge's famous image sequence proved that horses do (briefly) fly

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