Simon Usborne is a features writer at The Independent and i.
The inaugural UK Pun Championships will kick off tonight - it's punbelievable that we've never had one before...
12 February 2014 10:00 PM
Whatever your tolerance for silly one-liners, puns are really groan on us. You could say we are in the grip of a global pun-demic. Indeed, if the pun is to wordplay, as William Safire, the late New York Times writer said, "what dominatrix sex is to foreplay – a stinging whip that elicits groans of guilty pleasure" then we have rarely been keener gluttons for pun-ishment.
11 February 2014 07:49 PM
Jenny Jones was awarded an historic Olympic bronze this week but did Alain Baxter get there first? Simon Usborne talks to the skiier about his medal in Salt Lake City and that infamous cold remedy.
Leaping with the enemy: There's not much sign of the Olympic spirit in the bitter rivalry between snowboarders and skiers at Sochi
06 February 2014 08:30 PM
Jake Burton's entourage is a huddle of public-relations reps who blur the line between professionalism and awestruck fandom. They sit in the corner of an apartment in the Swiss resort of Laax as Burton appears from somewhere upstairs, like a mountain deity. Hands are shaken.
05 February 2014 12:00 AM
When the Apollo Theatre’s ceiling collapsed last year, its big production was left homeless. Now, it’s playing to a full house of rather surprised school children
28 January 2014 12:00 AM
She may be the longest-running character on the world's most durable soap, but June Spencer rarely gets recognised – and that's just fine by her, she tells Simon Usborne
Broken by war: the Army reservist still battling with combat stress - and worried about declining mental health support for the growing ranks of part-time soldiers
15 January 2014 06:36 PM
‘Most people soon forget about their nightmares … I don’t’
13 January 2014 01:04 PM
Jeremy Vine's article only reinforced a sense of conflict, and didn't include safety facts
09 January 2014 12:00 AM
The film director's letter sees him excited about the future of film – and her career in movies. Talk about pressure, says Simon Usborne
07 January 2014 06:59 PM
This exclusive Austrian resort might not be cheap, but your hand-me-down salopettes won't look out of place and the skiing is hard to beat, says Simon Usborne
07 January 2014 12:00 AM
A long-running legal battle in the United States could change the way Sherlock Holmes and other characters are portrayed in future books and films
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
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