Tim Walker

Tim Walker is The Independent’s Los Angeles correspondent, covering entertainment and other concerns from the West Coast of the US. He was previously a features writer and the editor of the paper’s diary column. His first novel, Completion, is being published in January 2014.

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Postcard from... Tucson

At 248ft long and with a wingspan almost as wide, a single C-5 Galaxy military cargo jet is a seriously big beast. Passing rows and rows of them, parked side by side, is like stumbling across a pod of blue whales on a fishing trip.

'Old Fashioned' will be a different kind of love story to '50 Shades'

New film Old Fashioned is 50 Shades of Grey for Christians, claims its creator

Rik Swartzwelder says the movie - which will be released simultaneously with its rival - is more spiritual than sexual - a love story without BDSM

Ms Palin said the interactive, subscription-based online network will be “a news channel that really is a lot more than news”

Sarah Palin launches her own ‘talk to me’ TV channel

Former vice-presidential candidate promises to tackle nation’s issues

In the heat of the day: Illegal migrants walk through the Sonoran Desert after crossing into the US

Dying to flee Mexico for America: Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants

Having survived the trek across Mexico, many are killed by the desert
Chiquita had admitted paying $1.7m to a paramilitary group

Colombians lose torture claim suit against Chiquita bananas in US court

US-based company has previously admitted that it paid the AUC, a right-wing paramilitary group accused of killing thousands of Colombians between 1997 and 2003, to protect its own workers

Postcard from... Tucson

It’s mid-afternoon at El Guero Canelo, a restaurant south-west of downtown Tucson.

Enrol model: Kayla Human is one of 33 students heading to California in September

Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning

Postcard from... Los Angeles

Anyone who lives in or visits Los Angeles and is interested in its history as a movie town ought to seek out and watch the 2003 documentary Los Angeles Plays Itself. A 169-minute cinematic essay by filmmaker, academic and Angeleno Thom Andersen, it is comprised entirely of clips from films shot in and around Los Angeles, overlaid with Andersen’s narration.

Sorted: US authorities say they warned FedEx on transporting dubious pharmaceuticals

FedEx facing drug-trafficking charges over illicit pharmaceuticals

The courier is the latest major US firm to be held to account over its business with online pharmacies

Hillary Clinton finally admits she’s ‘thinking about’ a bid for the White House

Polls showing the former first lady is the runaway favourite for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination

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Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
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Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week