Simon O'Hagan

Simon O'Hagan is Simon O'Hagan is Editor of The Independent newspaper's Saturday magazine. Formerly Editor of Independent Voices.

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The peloton climbs Box Hill during the Prudential RideLondon Surrey Classic, a 200km route through London and Surrey

The RideLondon cyclist's death is tragic, but compulsory medical checks can only harm it

Adding in extra criteria will only put off riders and change the open nature of a race that traditionally welcomes both amateurs and professionals

Samuel Beckett

No lack of vision at fourth Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival

Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival

The RNLI crew at Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

Lifeboat Station Project: Photographer Jack Lowe captures the RNLI's courage and character

Crewmen and women of the RNLI have been saving lives at sea for nearly 200 years. The faces of the 2015 generation tell their own stories of courage and sacrifice
Michael Gambon and Dame Eileen Atkins in Beckett’s ‘All That Fall’ at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre in 2012

Happy Days Beckett Festival 2015: Samuel Beckett play All That Fall to be performed in the dark

The play was written for radio and Beckett never conceived of it as working in any other medium

Decemberist Colin Meloy

Decemberists, gig review: Triumphant return after four-year hiatus brings new emotional directness

Glasgow's 02 Academy welcomed Colin Meloy and his Portland pals with rapturous enthusiasm

A polar bear on the tube? This isn't magic, it's sacrilege

That the bear is technically brilliant only fuels my objections

Mark Rylance's stage work over the past 20 years has earned him just that accolade in many quarters but who, until now, could walk down the street largely unnoticed

Mark Rylance: King of stage claims small screen

At the Globe and in 'Jerusalem', he was theatre's ruler. Now Cromwell has let television viewers in on the secret

British Museum director Neil MacGregor speaks at the opening of the exhibition on Greek art last year
Nice little learner: a supermarket checkout in 1978

Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs: "I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"

Saturday jobs help young people to avoid future failure in the workplace, says the businesswoman Baroness Brady. So how did these Independent writers earn their first pay cheques?
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Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
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The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
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'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
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Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
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Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
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Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory
Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was lured into believing that what we witnessed at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge would continue in London, says Kevin Garside
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Can Benitez get the best out of Bale?

Back at the club he watched as a boy, the pressure is on Benitez to find a winning blend from Real's multiple talents. As La Liga begins, Pete Jenson asks if it will be enough to stop Barcelona
Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
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Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

Robert Fisk on the defender of the ancient city's past who was killed for protecting its future