Simon O'Hagan

Simon O'Hagan is Editor of Independent Voices

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Musician Samuel Herring of Future Islands performs onstage at Coachella

Let’s get quizzical: What really makes a quiz fizz?

‘Tis the season to answer questions, recall fascinating facts and show off your general knowledge

Drummer Lee Rigby, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale have been found guilty of murdering Rigby outside Woolwich barracks in south-east London

Lee Rigby verdict: The difficulty of responding to such seemingly motiveless malignity

We are left, at the end of all this, with a sense of the utter futility of this murder

Andy Murray, who won Wimbledon this year, will be the first tennis player to win the award since 1997

Poll: Should Andy Murray bother to attend the BBC Sports Personality of the Year?

For many people it’s the highlight of the sporting year – the moment when the public gets to anoint its No 1, and the BBC reasserts itself as the historic home of sport in spite of having lost the rights to so many of the big events. It’s a special evening, no doubt. The signature tune on its own is enough to bring a lump to the throat. The occasion gathers together a Who’s Who of British sport, all in their finery, and there’s no thrill like waiting for one of Gary Lineker’s jokes to fall flat.

The Saturday Quiz: Try our weekly brain teaser

1. Thomas Terry Hoar Stevens, born in Finchley in 1911, is best known by which stage name?

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John F Kennedy: Assassinated, 1963

Kennedy’s assassination had such an impact that even those of us who were very young at the time carry the memory with us

What it was like to be six years old on that day in  November 1963

The Saturday Quiz: Try our weekly brain teaser

1. Thurles, 26 March 1992; Towcester, 7 November 2013. What?

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Why the funeral of Harold Percival touched so many

At a time of Remembrance, this story of a newspaper appeal for mourners shines a light on the loneliness, or at least the alone-ness, of so many old people

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Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before