Simon Kelner

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

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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

Paxman's desire to leave Newsnight was written all over his face

The grand inquisitor of the BBC has left Newsnight, but it's no surprise - his beard was the biggest giveaway

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Italian couples fake UK divorce scam on an ‘industrial scale’

Welcome to Maidenhead, the divorce capital of... Italy

A look at the the legal tourists who exploited our liberal dissolution rules
Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

The vintage series has often been criticised for racial stereotyping
An app for the amorous: Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?

An app for the amorous

Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid. Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?

Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid

Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?
Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

After a few early missteps with Chekhov, her acting career has taken her to Hollywood. Next up is a role in the BBC’s gangster drama ‘Peaky Blinders’
She's having a laugh: Britain's female comedians have never had it so good

She's having a laugh

Britain's female comedians have never had it so good, says stand-up Natalie Haynes
Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LED lights designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows

Let there be light

Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LEDs designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows
Great British Bake Off, semi-final, review: Richard remains the baker to beat

Tensions rise in Bake Off's pastry week

Richard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
Paris Fashion Week, spring/summer 2015: Time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris

A look to the future

It's time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris
The 10 best bedspreads

The 10 best bedspreads

Before you up the tog count on your duvet, add an extra layer and a room-changing piece to your bed this autumn
Arsenal vs Galatasaray: Five things we learnt from the Emirates

Arsenal vs Galatasaray

Five things we learnt from the Gunners' Champions League victory at the Emirates
Stuart Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

This deal gives England a head-start to prepare for 2019 World Cup, says Chris Hewett
Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
The magic of roundabouts

Lords of the rings

Just who are the Roundabout Appreciation Society?