Arts and Entertainment It began here: Oliver Stone's series gives an account of US foreign policy since 1945

Unsure of global politics since the war? Don't worry, Oliver Stone has it all sewn up

PETER YORK ON ADS: No 213: THE EUROPEAN: No business like Euro- business

IN 1996, while researching a series on "the Eighties" for the BBC, I became obsessed with the new City of London skyline and its extraordinary combination of symbolism, beauty and vulgarity. We found some marvellous footage shot for an earlier documentary which dwelt lovingly on all that glass, marble and granite, setting it against ravishing sunsets with a golden filter until the whole thing became quite abstract. We used a lot of it.

Samantha's Diary

Andrew Neil takes on `The European'

Rob Brown column

The number of "UK national newspapers" has just expanded by two. The Scotsman and its sister title Scotland on Sunday are to be included in that proud category for the first time by the Audit Bureau of Circulations. The two Edinburgh-based papers will have to pay a bit extra for the privilege, but they hope as a result to reap a much bigger share of national advertising from London-based media-buying agencies.

What will the twins do next?

Twins David and Frederick Barclay, owners of the Ritz hotel in London, are two of Britain's richest men. Yet such is their distaste for publicity there has only been one photograph published of them.

Letter: Aggressive beggars

Letter: Aggressive beggars

Politics: Embittered Lamont opens Tory wounds over Black Wednesday

Bitter arguments over the catastrophic Tory defeat deepened with Norman Lamont refusing to be made the scapegoat. But as Colin Brown, Chief Political Correspondent, reports, the bloodletting was going on while William Hague was anxiously awaiting the results of the ballot on the future of his leadership.

Profile: Julie Burchill - And you thought you'd seen the back of her...

Julie Burchill used to be a big noise: punk rock journalist turned top-dollar newspaper columnist, she laid about her with savage vigour. Harpie or genius (or harpie-genius) with one finger on the pulse and another on the trigger, she was horribly essential reading. Then she went all quiet. This week there were signs of life, but, asks Ann Treneman, is it life as she knew it?

Edinburgh swept by hushed euphoria as parties assemble their future pla ns

Scotland's historic vote; Rock singers join queue for parliamentary place

Horror! Mail man let loose

No firings, no redundo, just howls and resignations as the youthful Martin Clarke storms through `The Scotsman'. Rob Brown reviews the spectacle

Hush now, Euro-sceptics

Only Robert Maxwell could have launched a paper as unfocused and unviable as 'The European'. But it's still here - and set for a dose of realism under Andrew Neil. Richard Holledge looks back in amazement

Andrew Neil to edit `European'

Andrew Neil, former editor of the Sunday Times, has taken over the reins of the European newspaper.

Theatre / Overture New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Martin Rydall is a self-made man; a man who made himself by making grids and man-holes. This piece of exposition could be described as the signature of his creator, Peter Whelan, in that it exemplifies the detailing that gives depth to the playwright's worlds. Whelan's craftsmanship goes hand-in-hand with a fascination with work, which informed his superb play about the pottery industry, The Bright and Bold Design. In Overture, premiered here in Peter Cheeseman's attentive production, he is returning close to that home- ground, again pondering the relation between utility and beauty. Having sold the ironwork foundry, Martin is set upon re-making himself, this time in the service of art.

Media: Andrew Neil is now firmly in the anti-Brussels camp. Any `European' magazine edited by him would be better named `The Sceptic'

I am not Andrew Neil's number one fan, but he is surely correct in his contention that something drastic needs to be done about The European. In its present format it is going nowhere. It is neither fish nor fowl. It isn't a real newspaper and its isn't a magazine. And its mounting losses are pushing its proprietors, the Barclay brothers, slowly down the wealth league.

Former Sunday Times editor admires Blair

Former Sunday Times editor admires Blair

Media families; 1. The Lawsons

Nigel Lawson (Lord Lawson of Blaby) begat
News
US comedian Bill Mahr
people
Voices
Winston Churchill, then prime minister, outside No 10 in June 1943
voicesA C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Sport
football
News
Rob Lowe
peopleRob Lowe hits out at Obama's snub of Benjamin Netanyahu
News
Davies (let) says: 'Everybody thought we were having an affair. It was never true!'
people'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Arts and Entertainment
Over their 20 years, the band has built a community of dedicated followers the world over
music
News
Staff assemble outside the old City Road offices in London
mediaThe stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century at Britain's youngest paper
Life and Style
The Oliver twins, Philip and Andrew, at work creating the 'Dizzy' arcade-adventure games in 1988
techDocumentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Arts and Entertainment
Krall says: 'My hero player-singer is Elton John I used to listen to him as a child, every single record
music
News
Friends for life … some professionals think loneliness is more worrying than obesity
scienceSocial contact is good for our sense of wellbeing - but it's a myth that loneliness kills, say researchers
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Dubrovnik, the Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Lisbon, Oporto and the Douro Valley
Lake Garda, Venice & Verona
Spain
Prices correct as of 23 January 2015
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us