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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Say Ello to the new social network that’s not that sociable yet

It's not Facebook or Twitter, and for many people that’s enough to sell them the idea

Magic roundabouts: York

The magic of roundabouts

Statues, a giant cockerel, windmills … the UK's traffic islands have everything, according to the Roundabout Appreciation Society. The what? asks Rhodri Marsden

Hilary North's 'How My Life Has Changed', 2001

Why do we like making lists?

Overwhelmed by modern life? Then try drawing up a list. 1) It will make you feel in control; 2) It's good for the brain; and 3) It will put you in league with historical figures from the Ancient Egyptians to Pablo Picasso, says Rhodri Marsden

The Chinese flag: flown for the first time on 1 October,1949

Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: The Audiphone

The device was granted a patent 135 years ago this week and offered a 30 decibel boost to ambient noises

Who are you calling a hipster? Vegan cafés, bikes and turn-ups in Broadway Market, Hackney, east London

Hipster hate is everywhere - but is there a little bit of them in all of us?

With their contrived facial hair, fixed-gear bikes and craft beers, hipsters are a highly visible target for condemnation and comedy. But are critics just hypocrites?
It's only a few weeks since everyone was talking about Yo, the app that converts a tap on your phone into a 'Yo!' sound on someone else's

Rhodri Marsden: 'I've deleted Wakie - apps need to be useful, not just fun'

The apps that people write about and read about seem to revel in their own preposterousness -valuing flamboyance over utility

Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: The first British board game

* "He who rests at Rome (48) for kissing ye Pope's Toe shall be banished for his folly to the cold island of Iceland (4) and miss three turns." This was the kind of excitement that awaited players of A Journey Through Europe, a game launched 255 years ago and acknowledged to be the first British board game. Eight shillings got you a cloth-backed map and a set of instructions (or 'Explanation') that promised an educational spin around the Continent.

The animosity towards the Google Glass is overstated

Why is Google Glass the whipping boy for anyone worried about privacy issues?

Other gadgets that don't announce their presence so obviously will continue to do the actual surveillance, argues Rhodri Marsden

Time and time again: the popular daytime quiz has been a fixture on Channel 4 since 1982

Countdown: What's the winning formula that makes this the longest-running game show in television history?

As 'Countdown' becomes the longest-running game show in television history, Rhodri Marsden visits the website where the show's true obsessives go to hone their skills
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Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that? The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year

Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that?

The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year
Hollande's vanity project is on a high-speed track to the middle of nowhere

Vanity project on a high-speed track to nowhere

France’s TGV network has become mired in controversy
Sports Quiz of the Year

Sports Quiz of the Year

So, how closely were you paying attention during 2014?
Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry, his love of 'Bargain Hunt', and life as a llama farmer

Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry and his love of 'Bargain Hunt'

From Armstrong and Miller to Pointless
Sanchez helps Gunners hold on after Giroud's moment of madness

Sanchez helps Gunners hold on

Olivier Giroud's moment of madness nearly costs them
A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect