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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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

Bradley Knudson posted a video to YouTube which named and shamed a man whose children had been bullying and racially abusing Knudson’s adopted black daughter

Trial by YouTube: Outrage at social media outrage

Next month, the writer and documentary maker Jon Ronson publishes a book called So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. The blurb tells us that Ronson has spent three years interviewing the “recipients of high-profile public shamings. Once their transgression is revealed, outrage circles and the next thing they know they’re being torn apart by an angry mob, sometimes even fired from their job.”

One dating agency, Mutual Attraction, is currently advertising for a “professional Cupid”

Dating agency requires 'professional Cupid': tact required

“This is not a skill that you can learn at university,” says Caroline Brealey, the founder of the Mutual Attraction dating agency, which is currently advertising for a “professional Cupid”. Brealey has so far received more than 100 applications, but will be keeping the vacancy open for any interested readers of this newspaper.

Slipknot UK tour: The band is riding high in the charts - but who exactly are their fans?

The chart-topping nu metal band are touring the UK, scary masks and all. But can a newcomer appreciate their music? Simmy Richman heads for the mosh pit to try to discover their appeal
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How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth: Would people co-operate to face down a global peril?

How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth

Would people cooperate to face a global peril?
Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

One day to find €1.6bn

Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
Sugary drinks 'are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year'

Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year

The drinks that should be eliminated from people's diets
Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK

Historians map out untold LGBT histories

Public are being asked to help improve the map
Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

This was the year of 24-carat Golden Oldies
Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Thom Browne's scarecrows offer a rare beacon in commercial offerings
A year of the caliphate:

Isis, a year of the caliphate

Who can defeat the so-called 'Islamic State' – and how?
Marks and Spencer: Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?

Marks and Spencer

Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?
'We haven't invaded France': Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak

'We haven't invaded France'

Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak
Isis in Kobani: Why we ignore the worst of the massacres

Why do we ignore the worst of the massacres?

The West’s determination not to offend its Sunni allies helps Isis and puts us all at risk, says Patrick Cockburn
7/7 bombings 10 years on: Four emergency workers who saved lives recall the shocking day that 52 people were killed

Remembering 7/7 ten years on

Four emergency workers recall their memories of that day – and reveal how it's affected them ever since
Humans: Are the scientists developing robots in danger of replicating the hit Channel 4 drama?

They’re here to help

We want robots to do our drudge work, and to look enough like us for comfort. But are the scientists developing artificial intelligence in danger of replicating the TV drama Humans?
Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

'Heritage' is a loaded word in the Dixie, but the Charleston killings show how dangerous it is to cling to a deadly past, says Rupert Cornwell
What exactly does 'one' mean? Court of Appeal passes judgement on thorny mathematical issue

What exactly does 'one' mean?

Court of Appeal passes judgement on thorny mathematical issue