Simon Kelner

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

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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

Godfrey Bloom is wrong about speed not causing accidents, but he is right about road fines

The authorities are motivated more by revenue-raising rather than road safety

England’s Stuart Broad was in imperious form on day one

Simon Kelner: The Ashes - a much better option than counting sheep

Who cares about sleep when you can spend the wee small hours being soothed by the gentle wit and expert reportage of Aggers et al at the Test match

James Anderson (L) of England celebrates after Stuart Broad of England claimed the wicket of Michael Clarke of Australia during day one of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba

Trouble sleeping? Try listening to the Ashes coverage

I found myself tuning in to the live coverage in the dog hours of the night, and found it very comforting

Riding on the back of a motorcycle: Things I never thought I'd do

I had a choice. Avoid something I'd never wanted to try. Or get there quickly and experience the terror of the journey

Rob Ford is digging his way from infamy to celebrity

Reality shows, public appearances, commercial endorsements: that's the way it goes for someone who’s captured the headlines

Racing pundit John McCririck and his wife Jenny

It's obvious why John McCririck was put out to grass - and it has nothing to do with his age

The ex-TV presenter believes himself a freedom fighter for those of a certain age

Is it best to be a bear, like the one starring in the new John Lewis Christmas TV ad, when it comes to investments, or to be a bull instead?

The John Lewis advert betrays the confidence of a market leader

Not a single product shown, no overt sales message, just a simple evocation of that most powerful aspect of Christmas - sentimentality

An image of Mercury taken from Nasa's Messenger space probe

Bad day? Blame Mercury – or check your horoscope more thoroughly in future

Why not try out the idea that the planets exert an influence on us?

Gravity: With effects this special, how can we tell outer space from CGI?

If the moon landings were taking place now, people would be rightly suspicious

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A land of the outright bizarre
What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn
Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Meet the man who doesn't want to go down in history as the country's last Scottish Secretary