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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Our Space asks for donations from members of the public and uses that money “to buy back billboards” in cities around the world and “replace the ads with positive messages”

Be happy - buy back a billboard

In Confessions of an Advertising Man (1963), David Ogilvy, a founder of Ogilvy & Mather, wrote: "As a private person, I have a passion for landscape, and I have never seen one improved by a billboard." Some 36 years after Ogilvy wrote those words, the Canadian author Naomi Klein used them at the start of her book No Logo, which would go on to sell more than a million copies and become a "manifesto of the anti-corporate movement".

The central concept of Death Row Dinners is an interesting way  to make us think more about our food

Out there: A death row diner, the other musicians taking a leaf out of U2's (i)book and rolling up my CV for a smoking hot job opportunity

Maybe a 'last supper' themed restaurant may make us think more about our food

The Bonus Track: Cymande, Israel Nash, Leonard Cohen

One year and counting

Tokunbo Ajasa-Oluwa, a Social Enterprise Ambassador, was surprised by National Geographic's game, The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom

The long walk to understanding slavery

Tokunbo Ajasa-Oluwa is all for educating young black people about their history. In fact, for his work in helping those from “diverse” backgrounds get jobs in the media, Ajasa-Oluwa was appointed a Social Enterprise Ambassador by the Cabinet Office and invited to Downing Street on numerous occasions.

Saskia takes peoples' dating photographs for a living

First impressions count: How to be picture perfect for that first date

Saskia Nelson had been using online dating sites for about seven years and had increasingly noticed that – how to put this nicely? – people's profile photographs did not always accurately reflect reality. "I had one date with a guy whose picture looked like David Beckham, and when he turned up he looked more like Lieutenant Columbo," she says. "The truth is I quite like Columbo, so I was struck by the idea that people need an honest picture to get their date off to a good start."

Scientists have discovered the perfect cheese for pizzas (it's mozzarella)

Life of pie: Hard cheese for academics

Science is a wonderful thing. But because curing terminal illnesses and proving the existence of the Higgs boson particle is apparently not enough, researchers at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, set their collective brains to discovering the perfect cheese for pizza.

Shell shock: How to be more intimate with your dinner

Woody Allen once said: "Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television." Well, sometimes life can imitate good television as well. The US comedy sketch show Portlandia may have had only a limited Netflix release in the UK, but one of its jokes has proved rather prescient.

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