Simon Kelner

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

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Ben Flower fights with Paul Wellens during the Super League Grand Final

Ben Flower’s punch was a shaming moment for the sport I love – but at least it knew how to respond

Rugby League enshrines values which endure, for all the challenges it has faced

Lindsay Lohan, with Richard Schiff, has real presence in her role as a temporary secretary in 'Speed-the-Plow'

My night with Lindsay Lohan showed why the critics can go hang

Theatre audiences like to make up their own minds – especially if a celebrity phenomenon’s up on stage

Why I still raise a cheer for Johnny Rotten

He stood for something valuable, and he hasn’t given up on his beliefs

Someone help me out here – is Karen Danczuk a feminist role model? Or completely the opposite?

‘Selfie’ culture has redefined what it is we’re supposed to admire in people

Brenda Leyland was approached by Sky News at her home in Leicestershire last week

Brenda Leyland’s problem was as much her sense of entitlement as it was the crackpot idea she had about the McCanns

The freedom that Twitter offers does terrible things to people

4 May 2013: The sun rises over Tower Bridge in London. Temperatures across the UK could be higher than several European holiday destinations by Monday, including parts of Italy and France (Andy Hepburn/PA)

London is too rich, and too expensive, for its own good

‘Capital of the world’ means nothing if only the wealthy can afford to live in it

Tim Bell has lamented the fact that people don't do what they're told any longer

Do what you’re told…or else. Now that rings a Bell

Lord Bell, who once represented the interests of the famously anti-democratic Sultan of Brunei, has been trying to assert some authority of his own

Brooks Newmark

If Brooks Newmark is ‘sick’ what does that say about the rest of us?

We’re not only entitled to a private life, we’re entitled to a secret life

Richard Branson: Giving his employees the chance to take unlimited holidays is a weak effort to bolster his image

It’s all right for Branson, it’s his business and he can slip off to Necker Island any time he wants

Richard Branson's Necker Island, in the British Virgin Islands

Choose how much holiday to take? No employee should be saddled with such a burden

Richard Branson is mistaken if he thinks this is an enlightened policy

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Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy
UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

There's hot (London) and too damn hot (the Underground). Simon Usborne braved the Central line to discover what its passengers suffer
Kitchens go hi-tech: From robot chefs to recipe-shopping apps, computerised cooking is coming

Computerised cooking is coming

From apps that automatically make shopping lists from your recipe books to smart ovens and robot chefs, Kevin Maney rounds up innovations to make your mouth water
Jessie Cave interview: The Harry Potter star has published a feminist collection of cartoons

Jessie Cave's feminist cartoons

The Harry Potter star tells Alice Jones how a one-night stand changed her life
Football Beyond Borders: Even the most distruptive pupils score at homework club

Education: Football Beyond Borders

Add football to an after-school homework club, and even the naughtiest boys can score
10 best barbecue books

Fire up the barbie: 10 best barbecue books

We've got Bibles to get you grilling and smoking like a true south American pro
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power
Ron Dennis exclusive: ‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

Ron Dennis shrugs off a poor start to the season in an exclusive interview, and says the glory days will come back
Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most