Simon Usborne

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The Teletubbies are back: Why is there an unprecedented glut of children's TV revivals?

So are 'Thunderbirds', 'The Clangers', 'SuperTed', you name it. Simon Usborne asks: are there no new kids' TV ideas under the baby-faced sun?

Tulips Siddiq for the Labour party speaks at the Hampstead and Kilburn election hustings for the 2015 general election.

Tulip Siddiq: Fighting for Britain's most marginal seat in the shadow of tragedy

Her aunt is Prime Minister of Bangladesh - but it is Glenda Jackson’s shoes that she aims to fill, as the new Labour candidate in the north London seat

Female students attend an anatomy class in 1880s Sweden

Public anatomy classes return: Can they escape the shadow of the bodysnatchers?

In the 19th century, when dissection was considered public entertainment, demand for bodies was booming with advances in medicine. People used to dig up fresh graves, and some even murdered others to supply corpses

Now

The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

So why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
A case for Mulder and Scully? David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in ‘The X-Files’

The new X-Files: Can Mulder and Scully pull it off in a more cynical, post-Snowden era?

Plans for a new series of the 'The X-Files' have excited fans of the original show, Simon Usborne among them
Hard line: migrants queue for food in Calais

Why Ukhip is in no danger of being confused with Farage's party

Its purple and yellow logo may look familiar, but Ukhip helps hundreds of refugees in Calais

Brave mission: Omar Gabbar’s medical team in Syria now has 200 volunteers

Omar Gabbar: The surgeon fighting to save the shattered Syrian health system

As his homeland enters a fifth year of civil war, UK-based surgeon Omar Gabbar is fighting to bring care where others dare not

Don’t believe the wipe: wet wipes don’t break down as easily as paper, so they end up clogging sewers and causing floods

Soaring sales of wet wipes have contributed to increase in debris on beaches and 'fatbergs'

Simon Usborne investigates why we've become so obsessed with the moist squares of pseudo cloth, and what impact they are having on our environment

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed

First democratically elected leader of Maldives jailed for 13 years on terrorism charges

Mohamed Nasheed's imprisonment has led to calls for protest and an international tourism boycott

Boss Tim Cook says it's time for the Apple Watch. But what can it do that we can’t do without?

Apple is launching a revival of the watch - but how do we really tell the time in the digital age?

Simon Usborne explores the cultural, historical and scientific significance of ticks and tocks
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The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'