Simmy Richman

Simmy Richman is Associate Editor of The Independent on Sunday's New Review magazine. He is also a writer and CD reviews editor for The Independent on Sunday

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Dave Wasgij and his Wasgij Party will formerly announce themselves at the Comedy Pub in Piccadilly on 19 March

Give piece a chance: The jigsaw party completes the picture

Tired of the same old political parties? Having second thoughts about your membership of the Greens? Ladies and gentlemen, it is this column’s proud duty to announce the launch of a new political force whose very presence will, in time, shake up the old order into a thousand pieces. I give you Dave Wasgij and the Wasgij Party, which will announce its arrival at a night called Stand Up for Comedy at the Comedy Pub in Piccadilly, central London, on 19 March.

Madonna's new album Rebel Heart will be released next week
Perhaps Peter Blake's best known work is the cover of the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper album

We'd like to take you home with us...The truth behind the Beatles' Sgt Pepper cover shoot

The shoot was a comedy of errors from the start

Leon Bridges was not allowed to listen to “secular” music
The Twitter account 'Fifty Shades of Gran' is run by a fictitious octogenarian, Ellie Steel

Now it’s fifty shades of blue-rinse...

An exclusive interview with the entirely fictitious octogenarian behind the blog-novel and Twitter account Fifty Shades of Gran

Alabama Shakes' success one of the year's most heartwarming stories

The Bonus Track: Alabama Shakes, Dave and Ansell Collins, The Carole King Musical, Public Service Broadcasting

New music from Alabama Shakes, the problem with pop success and Carole King takes to the stage

Telling porkies: 'Peppa Pig' is shown on television in 180 countries

TV cartoon Peppa Pig – now worth $1bn a year – is making the leap to the big screen

Simmy Richman confesses that he's just as hooked on the hugely successful show as his children are
Graham Carter began his boycott of Snickers after they changed the name from Marathon

Local hero: One man's stand against (full-size) Snickers

While online audiences and digital revenues are, in some cases, growing, it’s fair to say that the past decade or so has not been kind to local newspapers. In the past month alone readers have seen the closures (sorry, the move to online only) of The Wokingham Times and the Reading Post, to name just two.

SJ Watson’s debut was a literary sensation

Second Life by S J Watson, book review: Not a great page-turner... but pass the popcorn

If, as seems likely, Second Life is turned into a film, it is hard to imagine it as anything other than one of those erotic thrillers of the 1990s

Rachel Fannan Twitter photo

The Bonus Track: Rachel Fannan, Melanie de Biasio, Michael Chapman, Jose Gonzalez

Rachel Fannan is a mesmerising performer with a Grace Slick-like pair of lungs

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Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn