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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When we stop children taking risks, do we stunt their emotional growth?

Playgrounds are closing down. Parents rarely let their kids out of sight. Society is hamstrung by ‘health and safety', says Susie Mesure
Sir Howard Panter

Sir Howard Panter: All the world's his stage

He is the man behind our biggest shows. Now he plans to make British theatre a global force, he tells Susie Mesure
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.

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Bread from heaven

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Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
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The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
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Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
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Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
14 best kids' hoodies

14 best kids' hoodies

Don't get caught out by that wind on the beach. Zip them up in a lightweight top to see them through summer to autumn
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The acceptable face of the Emirates

The acceptable face of the Emirates

Has Abu Dhabi found a way to blend petrodollars with principles, asks Robert Fisk