Simon Usborne

Simon Usborne is a features writer at The Independent and i.

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Page 3 returns: The only organisation that comes out looking stupid here is The Sun

Behind the banter and posturing, this is still about women

Have a heart: haggis cannot be exported to the US

Ranald Macdonald and Lord McColl plead for end to ban on export of haggis to US

The latest bid to send haggis across the Atlantic saw a member of the US embassy tucking in. Simon Usborne joined him for his first taste of the chieftain of puddings
Off-piste: tricky visas and circuitous
journeys are deterring foreign tourists from Sochi

Does Sochi suit British skiers?

With the rouble in freefall it has never been cheaper to go to Putin's pin-up venue for the Winter Olympics. Simon Usborne paid a visit

Nice and Vrumi: a room currently on offer on the company's website

Vrumi's rooms by the hour: Do by day what Airbnb does by night

Simon Usborne meets the entrepreneurs behind a new start-up who want to see you renting your study or living room by the hour

Ed Boord next to the park railings of a local park in Kensington where he found Pawel Koseda

If you see someone homeless on the streets, don't just walk on - do something

Outreach workers have no hope of even attempting to help if they don’t know where people are

The hotel stands surrounded by its own park leading to Gstaad's boutique-lined promenade

Le Grand Bellevue, Gstaad: A new kind of luxury

The star of the Bellevue is its extraordinary subterranean spa

A homeless man was found impaled on a spike in a square in London's Kensington - but who was he and why did he die?

When a homeless man's body was found in one of the richest corners of London, the city barely flinched. Simon Usborne tells the story of a man who passed through our capital - and was always passed by

Sheer beauty: the El Cap challenge

Climbing the toughest cliff in the world: The two men on course to make history

Simon Usborne is among the millions who are gripped by their progress

Casting call: the team behind the popular ‘Serial’ podcast includes (from left) Dana Chivvis, Emily Condon, Sarah Koenig, Ira Glass and Julie Snyder

Serial podcast finale: Mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

Simon Usborne finds out who's listening – and what to tune into now that Sarah Koenig has closed her case
This week, one of Peter Lik's photos sold for £4m

Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions

One of the Australian's images sold for £4m this week, but he divides opinion

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Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea