Simon Kelner

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

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Andy Murray wins: The BBC Sports Personality Award is really nothing to do with likeability - and that's the way it should be

The most extraordinary moments in any sporting career are simply beyond words

A selfie? On Cameron and Obama's part, this memorial snap was just plain shabby

Self-indulgence is typical of today's youth, but shouldn't be for our world leaders

One World Trade Center towers above the Lower Manhattan skyline

Has Manhattan lost its mojo?

London is now streets ahead of New York as a centre of invention and enterprise

How to clean up this dogs' mess we're in

According to The Dogs' Trust, fouling in public places is on the rise

I won't be invited on Desert Island Discs, but if I was, I've got it all planned out...

My island would be full of the divine sound of the ukelele

Video star: Olympic medal winner Tom Daley

Tom Daley: modern man

The revelation about the Olympian's sexuality, delivered on YouTube to a fascinated world, says more about the age we live in than Tom Daley's love life

Tom Daley says his whole world has changed

Tom Daley's coming out video was brave and honest... and something else as well

Perhaps we saw a hint of manipulation too in this piece to camera

Black Friday is another American nightmare

It's a big thing over there, and now it's coming over here

The ex factor: Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi during their marriage

Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi were a strangely matched pair. But their public meltdown is in every way unpalatable

We were having dinner in London's most unprepossessing, least fashionable restaurant, on the ground floor of a block of flats in suburban St John's Wood. Oslo Court's clientele was largely made up of old Jewish couples arguing loudly with each other, and the menu suggested that the dining-out revolution of the past two decades had never happened.

Charles Saatchi puts his hand over Nigella Lawson's mouth at Scott's in December

Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi's separation is turning into a sad and salacious tale

It is dismaying to watch these two air their dirty washing so proudly in public

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