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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Meers cites US research that says 84 per cent of mothers who leave their jobs don’t want to

Sharon Meers: The answer to a happy home? Make it 50/50

The American author extols the virtues of equal parenting in her new self-help book, but she's strictly brisk professional when she meets Susie Mesure

Kale on the plate

Like seaweed? Like kale? You'll love sea kale!

Eaten to extinction by Victorians, chefs want the vegetable back on the menu

Child-rearing is a shared responsibility, says Duncan Fisher

'Excluded' dads put the heat on Mumsnet with campaign for parental parity in bringing up baby

The creator of a new website hopes that MumsandDadsnet.com will spark 'a new conversation'

Starred Up: How ex-prison therapist Jonathan Asser turned his experiences in the clink into stunning drama

The weirdest thought flickers through my mind not long after meeting Jonathan Asser, the first-time screenwriter of acclaimed new prison drama Starred Up. We’re sitting in a deserted old boxing gym on London’s Harrow Road and the authenticity of the place is getting to me. I’ve just been hearing how Asser told his therapist “I’d kill you” if he felt angry during a session. And now Asser is telling me about his old performance-poetry persona, a “terrifying predatory psychopath” who would traumatise audiences worried that it might not be an act. I can’t help wondering: am I entirely safe?

Stevia wonder: The plant that's a super sugar alternative – and free from calories and carbs

The sugar substitute comes from a plant that has been used as a sweetener for centuries in Paraguay and Brazil

Green plants, such as moss, use energy from the Sun to transform water, carbon dioxide and minerals into oxygen, organic compounds, and a surplus of electrons

Tune in to Moss FM: Swiss designer uses the prolific plant to power a radio

Stand by for the ultimate gardening programme. A Swiss designer has teamed up with scientists at the University of Cambridge to use one of Britain's most prolific plants – moss – to power a radio. The device, nicknamed Moss FM, effectively turns moss into biological solar panels by tapping into the surplus electrons that moss creates during photosynthesis.

Performers simulate the Russian flag moving in the wind during the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Winter Games

Winter Paralympics 2014: And the gold medal for skiing full pelt downhill with your eyes closed in Sochi goes to...

Susie Mesure introduces the madcap world of Winter Paralympics

Sailor’s lunch: Wakame

It’s a shore thing: Seaweed harvest is coming in to tempt our palates and trim our waistlines

Seaweed is no longer just the stuff that’s strewn around the beach

Slow burner: Tim Pigott-Smith relishes the unusually sedate pace of 37 Days

Tim Pigott-Smith: What does the actor think of current politics?

He made his name with a Second World War role, and now plays Lord Asquith during the crucial days of 1914

Book review: The Almost Nearly Perfect People by Michael Booth

A man, it seems, can have a surfeit of both Sarah Lund-style knitwear and slow-burn TV dramas. Not to mention a bellyful of anything foraged or fished from the sea. And his name is Michael Booth, a British-born journalist-turned-Danish-expat who has made it his mission to explode the myth of Nordic perfection that has, to be fair, permeated every pore of middle-class British society, including the hallowed Sunday night telly slot.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game