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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Liz Hurley is selling her shows for charity

Weird web news: An auction for 'kids living on rubbish dumps'

In other auction news, we were alerted to one by perhaps the most un-self-aware tweet in history: “HELP KIDS LIVING ON RUBBISH DUMPS.

The baby list came from comic Rachel D'Apice, who writes a blog the ugly volvo

Weird web news: A 10-month-old baby’s Christmas wish list...

On Wednesday a blog post imagining what a 10-month-old baby’s Christmas wish list might look like went viral.

A new app designed to take the stress out of proposing

Weird web news: Three apps unlikely to take smartphone world by storm

A recent article in Business Insider contained advice for app developers from one Ryan Matzner of mobile app development firm Fueled.

Julie Walters has picked up an award for outstanding contribution British Independent Film Awards

Weird web news: Julie Walters has a way with words

Julie Walters was feeling talkative after picking up the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution at the British Independent Film Awards last weekend.

The Bonus Track: Bad Santas

A sideways look at the world of music

The Bonus Track: Linda Perhacs, Ry Cuming and a Bright Eyes Christmas

A sideways look at the world of music

The Bonus Track: Old school Oasis, Summer Camp and Neil Young

A sideways look at the world of music

For his new film 'Carlos Spills the Beans', one scene involved a challenge as to who can eat the most red chillis without taking a drink. Harry Dean Stanton says: 'We used real chillis on the set and everyone’s faces went beetroot red.'

The Bonus Track: Independents' Day, Neneh Cherry and Britney...

A sideways look at the world of music

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'