Simon Usborne

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How a book about our guts has become a surprise bestseller: Breaking the poo taboo

Its author, a German microbiology student, talks to Simon Usborne about the beauty of intestines and the 'masterly performance' that is defecation

Life in the slow lane: as many as 350,000 mobility scooters are thought to be in use

Southampton hit-and-run incident is latest example of growing menace of mobility scooters

A 67-year-old man suffered a broken knee and ankle on Monday afternoon

VE Day: Leaders lay wreaths at Cenotaph on 70th anniversary of peace in Europe

The 70th VE Day served as a reminder of a time when political leaders were united by one cause, says Simon Usborne

Mad for your vote: Howling Laud Hope, the leader of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party

General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

The majority of the 462 registered parties in tomorrow's election have no chance of forming the government. But that doesn't mean they're all a joke, says Simon Usborne

Question time: Russell Brand interviewing Ed Miliband on his YouTube show

Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has everyone talking about The Trews

Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd

The Everest south base camp a day after being destroyed by an avalanche which left at least 17 people dead

Nepal earthquake: One man's desperate escape from Everest base camp after disaster

Nick Talbot was sitting in his tent when the tsunami of snow and rock hit. He was lucky to live, unlike his climbing partner just feet away

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a campaign visit to Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding in Penzance

General Election 2015: Tories and Lib Dems throw their star names west to grab votes

The heat is on to gather votes in crucial marginal seats

Bright ideas: Volvo’s Life Paint was originally developed in Sweden partly to help farmers find their sheep during short winter days

Volvo's new hi-vis paint helps riders and bikes stand out - but not everyone is happy

Hi-vis clothing doesn't have to be a fluoro yellow thanks to a raft of companies that are making safety gear cool. But as Volvo creates a paint that lights up bikes, critics claim that it's tantamount to victim shaming, reports Simon Usborne
On the money? William Cash, the Ukip candidate for Warwickshire North, decorates his Jaguar before campaigning in Atherstone

General Election 2015: Is William Cash the man to woo Warwickshire North for Ukip?

He lives in a moated manor, is married to a society milliner, runs a magazine for the super-rich, and says you can't get the staff these days. Simon Usborne goes on the campaign trail with William Cash

Katie Hopkins has just written a piece so hateful that it might give Hitler pause – why was it published?

As Hopkins becomes more offensive to stay relevant and in work, it’s not ok for us to sit on our hands

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Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
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Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

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