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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A bad harvest and soaring demands have endangered the grain needed to make spelt

Spelt shortage: High demand and a poor harvest has left mills unable to supply bakeries

Popularity of a non-wheat alternative means rationing – even at Waitrose

The NHS and me: A tale of two sicknesses

Director Max Stafford-Clark’s 2006 stroke has now inspired a play, written by wife Stella Feehily

Ira Glass’s This American LIfe is at 11am today on Radio 4 Extra

Ira Glass: The host of a revolutionary radio show that brings you the news, only without the really boring bits...

'This American Life' is getting huge audiences – and makes its UK debut this morning
Rogan at his new Restaurant in Claridges Hotel

Simon Rogan: 'If you want to be the best... there will be casualties'

So says the double-Michelin chef and 'Restaurant Wars' star, who faces his biggest week as he steps into Gordon Ramsay's shoes at Claridge's. But he wants to be loved too
Gastro to go: Richard Johnson

Street food: From falafels and burritos to burgers and curries, it's fresh, you can meet the chef AND get change from a tenner

Richard Johnson, of the British Street Food Awards, says the quality and variety of roadside dining will change your life
Maisie Williams of Game of Thrones now

Move over Mad Men – now is the time for Small Stars

Major roles that grow with their child actors are helping them to steal the show in television’s biggest dramas

Carl Djerassi: 'We know exactly how to develop the male pill, but there's not a single pharmaceutical company that will touch it'

He invented the Pill, helped discover antihistamines and published 1,200 scientific papers. Then Carl Djerassi ended his stellar career to begin writing (and to avenge a cheating lover). But as the workaholic 90-year-old admits, the clock is ticking

Sewing is a vital life skill, say petitioners

National curriculum is sew, sew out of touch, say stars in make-do-and-mend campaign

For generations of children, clothes arrive as most of their meals do: ready-made. But one chain of craft stores is fighting to change that by lobbying the Government to reinstate sewing on the national curriculum.

Russell Norman reveals how to build a restaurant empire: 'It's not a dinner party'

The food, the service and the numbers: nobody knows dining out like the man behind Polpo. But as he prepares to open his eighth eaterie, is Russell Norman creating an empire? Or a chain?

Jane Campion

Female directors shooting to the top of the film industry

Helen Mirren and Jane Campion are among the stars joining an initiative aimed at encouraging women in film

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links