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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Snow joke: a selection of jumpers made by ‘British Christmas Jumpers’

Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Christmas jumpers used to be unwanted gifts from an embarrassing relative. Not any more. Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind the British Christmas Jumpers brand
Gary Catona has worked with a number of high profile singers including Stevie Wonder, pictured

High pitch: In search of the next Whitney

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.

Fuel to the fire: the vital statistics of an average 'Top Gear' viewer, apparently

YouGov Profiler: What are the vital statistics of an average reader of The Independent?

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

Malinda Kathleen Reese's YouTube channel is caled Google Translate Sings

Mind your language: Song lyrics literally lost in translation

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.

Has Gnasher had his chips?

Comic highlights the fact that from 2016 all dog owners will be legally obliged to microchip their pet
Will Ferrell inspired by Bouguereau

Nobilified's team of artists will turn your picture into the oil painting of your choice

Mona Lisa, American Gothic, Holbein's Portrait of Henry VIII … all these and more are offered on the US company's website
Seeing red: Mick Hucknall has done countless solo shows since the band’s ‘farewell’ tour

Simply Red's reunion tour: Who exactly are their fans?

Simmy Richman on one of rock’s great mysteries

Metro devoted a double-page spread to a book by the American writer Brian Robinson called How to Meet Women on the Subway

The chill of the chase: Overfamiliar on the Underground

In journalism, as in comedy, timing is everything. Chances are that you have seen by now the video of the woman walking down the street in New York and getting more than 100 "catcalls". But while that promotional film for the Hollaback! movement is still getting attention for a variety of reasons, no one seems to have pointed out that the day after the Hollaback! film went viral, the free newspaper Metro devoted a double-page spread to a book by the American writer Brian Robinson called How to Meet Women on the Subway.

It is suggested that entries for the new design “represent Britain in a clear and unambiguous way”

How to apologise for just about everything (with a 'Sorry!' coin of course)

The Royal Mint has asked members of the public to design the 'tails side' of its new £1 coin

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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions