Simon Usborne

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

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Owen said he finds films boring but Tom Hanks managed to hold his attention in Forrest Gump

Michael Owen claims to have watched only eight films ... but we all have our cultural blind-spots

Never seen a play? Failed to finish a book for years? Don't know your Bake Off from your Breaking Bad? You're probably not alone...

Black-faced morris dancers: Traditional disguise or simply racist?

David Cameron's photo with black-faced morris dancers sparked controversy this week, but its practitioners deny that the tradition is rooted in racism

A skier takes on Val Scura

Couloirs: An off-piste adventure

Exciting yet deadly, these narrow snowy chutes are for the highly skilled and stout of heart, writes Simon Usborne

TV psychic Sally Morgan said she felt ‘utterly ashamed’ by her husband’s behaviour

Psychic Sally Morgan sacks husband for launching anti-gay attack on critic

TV psychic Sally Morgan said she felt ‘utterly ashamed’ by her husband’s behaviour

Psychic Sally Morgan

Psychic Sally Morgan's revelations about dead cyclist upset girlfriend

Dispute escalates after sceptic is threatened with violence by Ms Morgan's husband at a show

Cyclists ride in front of traffic in central London

Cyclists don't need number plates, and there is no such thing as ‘road tax’

Surely these lazy myths have been debunked by now?

New Home, New Life: an Afghan version of The Archers

The Afghan Archers: how a radio soap opera won hearts and minds in Afghanistan

From Ambridge to Afghanistan may seem a stretch, but radio drama 'New Home, New Life' has attracted millions of listeners

Some doodles were simply done to test new pen nibs

Medieval doodles prove that it's goode to scribble in ye margins

Jokey doodles and a rare bookmark are exciting scholars
MD of Addison Lee Liam Griffin

Liam Griffin interview: Director of taxi firm Addison Lee on the battle against the mobile phone cab apps

The apps jostle for space, fighting to be tapped in a global war for fares that is at its fiercest on the streets of London.

Waxing lyrical: the Swedish academics and Dylan fans with their records

Bob Dylan vs molecular cardiology: Scientists caught sneaking lyrics into academic papers

Two scientists have been caught competing to sneak Dylan lyrics into academic papers. It's an infantile prank that keeps workers entertained the world over, says Simon Usborne
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Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing