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
21 December 2014 12:00 AM
It is possible that you are familiar with the story of the first Christmas card. In case not: in 1843 the inventor Sir Henry Cole commissioned the artist John Callcott Horsley to draw a card for him to send to family and friends. The result proved controversial because the British Association for the Promotion of Temperance had just been established and the card depicted a young girl eagerly downing a glass of wine.
14 December 2014 12:00 AM
Regular readers of this column (my eldest brother, essentially) might be forgiven for thinking that I am tiny bit obsessed with the writer and television presenter Giles Coren. This is the third time his name has appeared on this page to date, but what's a person to do when he keeps on providing such priceless material?
11 December 2014 09:38 PM
The worldwide hit crawled to No 75 in the UK chart
07 December 2014 12:00 AM
Chances are that you will have seen by now the "Pregnant Woman Blasts Anti-Abortion Protesters Outside a Clinic in London" video. At the time of writing, it had registered almost two million views. As you might expect when something is shared in this way, the mainstream media have been climbing over each other to find out who the "pregnant woman" in question is. Sunny Hundal, the journalist who shot the footage, on the other hand, is more interested in raising awareness of the story behind his viral hit.
03 December 2014 04:54 PM
30 November 2014 12:00 AM
Now that space exploration really is open to everyone, you might find yourself asking what to send up into orbit. It is a conversation that one writer and his graphic designer friend were having in a pub earlier this year and to them the answer was obvious: a lamb chop.
27 November 2014 09:45 PM
23 November 2014 12:00 AM
Gary Catona would like to teach the world to sing. To that end, the vocal coach who has worked with Stevie Wonder, Liza Minnelli, Andrea Bocelli and Lorde (the list really does go on), is hosting the world's largest ever singing lesson online at Google Hangout on 12 December.
18 November 2014 07:06 PM
If you are reading this, chances are you are also listening to Pete Seeger and about to pop out to Waitrose. Or are you? Simmy Richman questions the findings of YouGov Profiler
16 November 2014 12:00 AM
While certain other less worthy things (let's not name them here) were "breaking the internet" last week, over in a small corner of YouTube, one young American woman's efforts were picking up millions of hits without a hint of revealed flesh.
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more