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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Parents can now take their children to raves

Out there: Clicks of the trade

News that won’t change your life, and From the Home Office to the baby rave scene

There are many Facebook groups focused around fast food

'Like' it or not: Facebook foolishness

If the Women Who Eat on Tubes controversy has taught us anything, it is just how many odd groups can now be found on Facebook. And while that particular rumpus has been discussed elsewhere in this paper, it falls upon this column to point out that the story has its origins in a Mumsnet discussion on the site's "Am I Being Unreasonable?" section, kicked off last month by a user named Kate Milner. Milner got in touch to tell me "I'm happy to talk about it, but I really didn't do very much [to get the page removed]." So what other Facebook groups are still doing the rounds that you may wish to avoid/join/petition to be shut down?

The UK's first Museum of omedy will house articles such as Charlie Chaplin's cane

Mia Wasikowska on doppelgangers, dancing and developing survival instinct

A spur in her ankle brought her ballet career crashing to a halt aged 14 – but that was never going to keep Mia Wasikowska down. The actress reveals how she bounced back to become the world's highest-grossing female film star… and why she's returning to the depths of despair for her two latest movies

James McAvoy has stopped a play in order to tell someone off for using their mobile phone

Book review: The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

“Write what you know.” Mark Twain’s sage advice to budding authors has been much quoted but, until now, Tom Rob Smith chose to ignore it. His trilogy of Soviet thrillers – Child 44, The Secret Speech and Agent 6 – made excellent reading, but the life and times of an agent in Moscow’s secret police seemed to have little or no  bearing on the day-to-day reality of a man in his early thirties living in London. Smith’s widely acclaimed trilogy didn’t so much fly in the face of Twain’s advice, as point out that fiction is, by its nature, an act of make-believe (even if those books were based on real-life crimes).

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Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

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Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
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Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

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Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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