Susie Mesure

Susie Mesure writes interviews, news and features for the Independent on Sunday, Independent and i, and has done for the last ten years or so give or take two lengthy maternity leaves. She is interested in just about any topic, especially anything Scandinavian, food, or consumer-orientated, and used to be the Independent’s Retail Correspondent

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Geilo has many child-friendly runs and activities

School-holiday skiing in Norway for all the family

Forget the Alps and head north to Geilo's empty runs and queueless lifts, says Susie Mesure

Paul and Rob Forkan

Gandys Flip Flops: How the funky footwear brand was created

They were young brothers with a single GCSE between them and an unlikely vision that could help orphans like themselves. But it was only when Paul and Rob Forkan revealed the truth of their tragic past that the future began to look bright for Gandys Flip Flops

Julia Donaldson interview: Even with 160 children's titles to her name, she insists 'no part of writing is easy'

Donaldson: 'I’ve heard that something like a third of all books sold are children’s books but if you look at the review space given you could be forgiven for thinking it was three-hundredths'

Julia Donaldson isn't

Julia Donaldson: 'Don't push books on teens, they'll come back later'

Some prefer kicking a ball, and that's fine, says former Children's Laureate
Orchestral manoeuvres: Sir Neville Marrine

Sir Neville Marriner, conductor: I’ll just die on the podium, with any luck

The 90-year-old tells Susie Mesure why he’ll never retire, and why parents are to blame for Britain’s lack of virtuoso players

Ottolenghi was born in Israel

Yotam Ottolenghi interview: ‘Getting stressed about food? It’s a waste of time!’

The Israeli-born chef, author and gay dad, tells Susie Mesure why cooks should really forget about impressing others

She's dark, sarcastic, and bashes life in Nowheresville ... so how did Kacey Musgraves become country music's hottest new star?

The singer has two Grammys for her first album under her belt and her celebrity fans include Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams and Katy Perry

A comparison of the two t-shirts

Marks and Spencer accused of 'ripping off' pyjama design by Tootsa MacGinty

Retailer dragged into copycat design row over one of Tootsa MacGinty's most popular items of clothing
Seoul singer G-Dragon could lead the invasion as South Korea has its sights set on Western markets

Move over, Psy! Here comes G-Dragon style

South Korea has its sights set on Western markets for its popular culture, and Gangnam Style was just the start
Softened? Not really, says Jake Chapman

Jake Chapman: 'I'd draw the line at a Hitler's dog tattoo'

One half of art's bad-boy brother duo is famously disdainful of middle-class 'good taste,' but even he has his limits
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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all