Simon Kelner

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

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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

The Noma restaurant, based in Copenhagen, took home the award as the world's best restaurant at the ceremony at London's Guildhall

World's 50 best restaurants list: food isn't the only ingredient to judge

I've done my fair share of eating out over the years (I have the Body Mass Index to prove it) and I've been to only three of the restaurants on the list

Jilly's jewels: footballer Steven Gerrard

How can you tell a gentleman?

A list of public figures with gallant attributes by Country Life magazine throws a fascinating light on what it means to be a gentleman in the modern world, says Simon Kelner

Alan Titchmarsh was included in Jilly Cooper's list of gentlemen

What makes a man a gentleman?

According to Jilly Cooper, a judge of Country Life's Gentlemen of the Year award, there are many different types of gentleman. But what does it actually mean to be one?

The tell tale signs that I'm turning into my father

A survey released yesterday found that most men morph into their fathers by the age of 38. The similarities between between my father and me are numerous and particular.

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'You need me, I don’t need you'

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Hard to swallow

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Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

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