Simon Usborne

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Inside the gallery at Frederick Bremer School in Walthamstow

First Essex and Yorkshire, now London: Channel 4's 'Educating...' series is moving to the East End

The show is turning its cameras on Frederick Bremer School in Walthamstow. Simon Usborne goes behind-the-scenes to watch the latest series being filmed

Rock on: the Piccadilly branch of the Hard Rock Café

The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Simon Usborne joins the queue at the original restaurant to find out

Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
The road to nowhere

On the road to nowhere: A Routemaster trip to remember

For one day only, a full bus service replete with 10 London Routemasters is laid on to an abandoned village in the middle of the Salisbury Plain

Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

Madame Tussauds is still thriving more than 230 years after Marie Tussaud made a wax Voltaire in 1777. Simon Usborne explains its centuries-old appeal

More than meets the pie: Greggs showed how to turn a gaffe into social media gold

Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Board change: US players have 5,000 new words to play with

Scrabble expert Allan Simmons: 'We're not adding words like 'chillax' and 'po' to the players' dictionary for the sake of it'

Bromance, buzzkill, hashtag and frenemy also appear on a list of 5,000 additions to the new Official Scrabble Player's Dictionary, published by American dictionary giant Merriam-Webster. Here, Allan Simmons explains what the point is
An advert tempting pet owners to send their furry loved ones into space

Heavenly Bodies: Space funerals for pets

Want Fido to have a memorial the family will remember? A company that blasts human ashes into space is now offering to propel beloved pets. Simon Usborne reports
Tyred out: should fair weather cyclists have a separate slow lane?

Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
Director Paul Thomas Anderson (right) and his movie The Master featuring Joaquin Phoenix

Star Wars Episode 7 is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Bob Weinstein is among the Hollywood suits who have been working with Kodak to commit to long-term orders for film. Simon Usborne wonders what all the fuss is about

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