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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Tokunbo Ajasa-Oluwa, a Social Enterprise Ambassador, was surprised by National Geographic's game, The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom

The long walk to understanding slavery

Tokunbo Ajasa-Oluwa is all for educating young black people about their history. In fact, for his work in helping those from “diverse” backgrounds get jobs in the media, Ajasa-Oluwa was appointed a Social Enterprise Ambassador by the Cabinet Office and invited to Downing Street on numerous occasions.

The Bonus Track: Cymande, Israel Nash, Leonard Cohen

One year and counting

Saskia takes peoples' dating photographs for a living

First impressions count: How to be picture perfect for that first date

Saskia Nelson had been using online dating sites for about seven years and had increasingly noticed that – how to put this nicely? – people's profile photographs did not always accurately reflect reality. "I had one date with a guy whose picture looked like David Beckham, and when he turned up he looked more like Lieutenant Columbo," she says. "The truth is I quite like Columbo, so I was struck by the idea that people need an honest picture to get their date off to a good start."

Scientists have discovered the perfect cheese for pizzas (it's mozzarella)

Life of pie: Hard cheese for academics

Science is a wonderful thing. But because curing terminal illnesses and proving the existence of the Higgs boson particle is apparently not enough, researchers at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, set their collective brains to discovering the perfect cheese for pizza.

Shell shock: How to be more intimate with your dinner

Woody Allen once said: "Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television." Well, sometimes life can imitate good television as well. The US comedy sketch show Portlandia may have had only a limited Netflix release in the UK, but one of its jokes has proved rather prescient.

Making pins for Nigel: A spiky issue for Farage's press office

Regular readers of this column might remember the story of the Michael Gove voodoo pincushion (9 February), which the Goves, gamely, bought each other for Christmas last year. Well, the woman behind that creation is at it again – only this time the subject of her crocheted ire is Nigel Farage.

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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

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