Simon Kelner

Simon Kelner was Editor of The Independent between 1998 and 2011. He writes a daily column for i.

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Unhappy returns: Yaya Touré didn’t even get a singing telegram on his big day
Manchester City claim Yaya Touré received a birthday cake, a Facebook post and had ‘Happy Birthday’ sung to him

Happy birthday Yaya Toure!

He may have all the money in the world and 47,000 people sing his name in praise every week - but what he craves is validation

‘It's Not About the Nail’ is a lesson in gender politics - and the evolution of modern media

We are no longer governed by schedules or traditional formats

Chemistry lesson: The fact that the bosses of Dixons and Carphone Warehouse knew each other socially helped drive a merger
AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca, please say hello to Pfizer

There is no such thing in the business world as a merger of equals. One party always has the upper hand.

Hollywood protest at Sultan has heart in right place

It is easy to dismiss this as leftie Hollywood posturing that amounts to nothing other than a photo op for the publicity-hungry on a millionaire picket line

Liverpool's English midfielder Steven Gerrard shepherds Liverpool's Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez from the field as he reacts at the end of the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool

The Premier League: a tale without romance

The gods of football don’t like hubris, which is why those who wanted Liverpool to succeed might have to be disappointed

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson talks during a media call for 'Top Gear Live' at the ASB Showgrounds on 12 February, 2009 in Auckland, New Zealand

Jeremy Clarkson’s humour is often on the edge, but he’s not a racist

In the time I have spent with Clarkson, I have heard him espouse all manner of right-wing nonsense - but never anything even borderline racist

Team work: young England football supporters

Why our rainbow nation offers hope for the future

A report shows that non-white people will soon make up a third of the population. Far from this being a threat to our identity, says Simon Kelner, the patriotism shown by those with ethnic backgrounds offers fresh hope for the future

Hopes for a less divided nation

English nationalism is a force that could yet undermine social harmony

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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz