Simon Usborne

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

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Off-piste skiing is becoming increasingly popular amongst British people

The thrill of skiing off-piste: Why, knowing the risks, we do it anyway

Michael Schumacher is not the only person drawn to off-piste skiing – better equipment and busier slopes have sent many, including Simon Usborne off the beaten track in search of a thrill. He recounts his life on the slope

Why a career is no longer for life

As the retirement age advances, workers are more likely to switch profession

Michael Schumacher speeds down a course in the Madonna di Campiglio ski resort, in the Italian Alps in January 2006

Michael Schumacher injury: The risks of skiing must be viewed rationally, and reduced - but they cannot be avoided

Often those who do get injured use all available safety precautions

Emergency services said nearly 90 people had been injured in a packed London theatre when part of the ceiling collapsed during a performance, bringing the city's West End theatre district to a standstill

Apollo Theatre collapse: We thought cracks and bangs were part of the show – but the cast stopped and looked upwards in horror

Independent feature writer Simon Usborne didn't appreciate at first how lucky he was to be seated so near the back of the theatre

Bookmaker: Jean Horton is working on her third memoir

This is my life: how to write your autobiography

In the age of easy publishing, the nearly departed are increasingly turning to professionals to document their lives. So what's it like being brought to book?

A very altruistic Christmas: Ingenious ideas that provide a welcome antidote to festive splurging

Forget the last-minute dash to splash the cash on presents - there is an alternative approach to giving, and it needn't cost you a penny

From refugee to war reporter: Yalda Hakim fled Afghanistan as a baby and now reports from the world’s conflict zones

Yalda Hakim’s face is familiar to millions of BBC viewers abroad and her reporting is also fast earning her a reputation in Britain

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

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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam