Simon Usborne

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

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Clarkson, Hammond and May Live: Top Gear trio return in – 5 things we learned

'I don’t work for the BBC anymore, I can say what I want!', Clarkson quipped

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
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Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

Art attack

Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
10 best wedding gift ideas

It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

Paul Scholes column

With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor