Simon Usborne

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

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Celebrities who we'd like to see on Twitter (clockwise from top left): Tina Fey, Roy Hodgson, the Duchess of Cornwall and Jeremy Paxman

Morrissey and Prince Harry have joined Twitter - so which other celebrities should break their silence (and who should hang up their handles)?

A poll of Independent journalists produced an illustrious list of refuseniks, including Alan Bennett, Baroness Trumpington and George Clooney

Terrain spotting: Iain Cameron contemplates long lying snow at Aonach Beag

Summer, the perfect time for snow-spotting...

As summer arrives and most of us are seeking out a place in the sun, dedicated snow-spotters begin looking for their kind of treasure: the patches that never melt
Listening in: subscribers downloaded 725 million hours of speech last year, almost double the 375 million hours listened to in 2011

Sound and the story: The rise of the audiobook

Audiobooks have become big business, thanks to a former writer with a singular vision

German military prisoners, at Southend-on-Sea, on their way to Knockaloe

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Britain’s ‘enemy aliens’ get their own railway

Tens of thousands of Germans living in the UK were interned during the war. Simon Usborne finds out where they went

A scene from Patrick Moote's (right) 'Unhung Hero'

Patrick Moote's Unhung Hero: Penis size has been a hot topic in recent weeks - but does length really matter?

Simon Usborne asks the experts – including a man who's made a film about his shortcomings
Tall order: the 127m-high National Lift Tower in Northampton

The world's fastest elevators - 20 metres per second - are coming soon to China

Whatever next? Simon Usborne finds out from Britain's highest authority on the subject

Rush hour: shoppers go sale crazy in Barkers, Kensington

Through the screen: British Pathé opens its archives

Cinema newsreel maker British Pathé has made all of its 85,000 films, spanning 1896 to 1976, available on YouTube. One writer takes you on a personal tour of the archives

Snow has no plans to step back or reduce his workload

Jon Snow interview: ‘I’m a hack who wants to change the world’

It has been 25 years since Jon Snow first presented ‘Channel 4 News’, and his drive shows no sign of diminishing. Simon Usborne meets him

The North Korean TV advert for Taedonggang beer, that became a YouTube hit

Kim Jong-ale: How did Ushers brewery of Trowbridge end up in North Korea producing Pyongyang's number one beer - and what did it take to set up a taste test back in Wiltshire?

Gary Todd remembers the day they came to take away his brewery: 'Some of them had never seen plastic cups. And toilet seats were like gold. They took everything'

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee