Simon Usborne

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

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One man and his blog: Herdyshepherd’s flock

Flock star: A shepherd in the Lake District now has almost 20,000 Twitter followers

Simon Usborne asks @HerdyShepherd1 how he came to have such a large 'farmy army'

Amazon's ‘octocopter' drones could be making deliveries by 2015

Faceless drones won't solve Amazon's PR problem

Ten miles in 30 minutes? A teenager on a scooter could do that in less time

Gong but not forgotten: Bernardine Bishop

In the prime of death: The artists who didn't make it to the podium in this life

Bernadine Bishop could be the first writer to win the Costa Book of the Year posthumously

Found in translation: Daniel Hahn (left) stares down a wordy foe in a duel

Translation slam: A war of words

Tonight, two literary translators went head to head in a bloodless but book-filled battle. Simon Usborne explores the world of duels fought with dictionaries

From left to right are: Princess Isabella, Crown Prince Frederik holding Prince Vincent, Princess Mary holding Princess Josephine, Queen Margrethe II, Prince Christian, Queen Margrethe’s husband Prince Henrik, Prince Henrik – son of Joachim, Princess Marie holding Princess Athena, Princes Nikolai and Felix from Joachim’s first marriage and Prince Joachim

Painter defends his 'horror-film' portrait of the Danish royal family

The painter responsible for the first official portrait of the Danish royal family for 125 years has expressed his surprise after critics likened the work variously to a horror movie poster and a badly-botched Photoshop job.

Police stopping cyclists is only helpful if they're actually doing something wrong

I had become the latest beneficiary of the Metropolitan Police’s response to a well-publicised concentration of cyclist deaths in the capital

Eclipsed in death: We remember JFK, but what about Aldous Huxley, or CS Lewis?

Coincidental deaths can raise awkward questions - who gets top billing?

Doug Gresham, step-son of CS Lewis, remembers his father's death on the same day that John F Kennedy died

CS Lewis: In the shadow of JFK's death...

The author of the 'Narnia' children's books, died an hour before Kennedy. His stepson recalls the day

Don’t be dazzled: the lights of Baku may be bright, but Azebaijan has its darker corners

The Independent is banned from Azerbaijan's Baku World Challenge for wanting to look beyond the marketing hype

The Independent was supposed to wake up this morning under the plushest sheets known to Azerbaijan. But a construction tycoon and friend of the President who had been due to host this reporter in Baku, the former Soviet republic's capital city, decided at the 11th hour that he was not welcome. So I'm still here in London, left out in the warmth.

My house in the middle of the street: The 86-year-old model social housing tenant

Since 1927, Jack Haddock has lived in the same council house – a rare symbol of stability in a system now under threat

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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz