The Independent

The Independent is a British national morning newspaper published in London by Independent Print Limited, owned by Alexander Lebedev since 2010. Nicknamed the Indy, it was launched in 1986 and is one of the youngest UK national daily newspapers.

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Charlie Clissitt

Hi, I'm a Yorkshire-born English Literature graduate with a love of travel, music, literature, food and animals. I'm ...

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Kate Nelson

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Siobhan Norton

Food, travel and wellbeing writer. Assistant editor at the i newspaper and inews.co.uk

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Skills: Sub-editor, Reporter, Feature Writer, Editor
Specialisms: Travel, Lifestyle, Journalism, Health, Food, Features

Elizabeth Galey

Digital Editor, Gryphon alumni, English and Philosophy graduate. Film fanatic, intersectional feminist, currently freelancing.

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Skills: Editor
Specialisms: Film

Ashley Coates

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Latest Articles

Why your next Italian city break should be to Turin

It may boast grand boulevards, cobbled streets and ancient ruins, but Turin, the capital of the Piedmont region of northern Italy, remains relatively under the radar. While comparisons are often made with Vienna and Paris, Turin lacks the self-consciousness (and ultimately hordes of tourists) of both its feted foreign counterparts and its neighbouring city, Milan. It’s primarily celebrated for being home to superbrands Fiat and Juventus and for its strong industrial heritage, but Turin’s reputat
By Kayleigh Rattle
The Independent

Navaratri - the devotional Hindu festival celebrates the Goddess Durga and gets millions dancing

One of the most vibrant Hindu celebrations of the Indian subcontinent, Navaratri is a festival of whirling dance and incessant drumming to mark the victory of good over evil. It is held in honour of the Goddess Durga, who is revered as a divine being of cosmic intelligence with the power to conquer the negative forces of the universe. While it is celebrated over 10 days, Navaratri is Sanskrit for nine (nav) nights (ratri). Nine of the 10 days are spent dancing in circles with handheld sticks, s
By Anu Shukla
The Independent

11 best moisturisers for oily skin

Treating oily skin is an ongoing battle – either you accidentally strip your skin of moisture, or you end up clogging your pores trying to solve the issue. In an ideal world, the right moisturiser would help regulate sebum production whilst hydrating your skin. However, a lot of products that promise to help mattify your complexion can be damaging in the long term, leading to dry patches or excess blackheads. Despite being a vital part of your skincare routine, fellow oily-skin sufferers are o
By Chloë James
The Independent

10 best free-from recipe boxes

If you’re keen to improve your culinary skills but don’t have the time to spend hours trudging around the supermarket, recipe boxes offer an ideal solution. With new recipes and all the ingredients delivered directly to your door, they not only offer inspiration but also help reduce food waste and make sure you devote time to cooking real food in the kitchen. There’s only one problem: those with allergies and intolerances have previously been left without any options. Recipes usually contain
By jenna farmer
The Independent

Bankers in their 20s and 30s are having more heart attacks, doctors say

As a second-year analyst at a major European bank, Laura frequently worked until 4am, suffered a cardiac arrest, and was hospitalised three times in two years. She said she was told by doctors “if you keep working, you will die”. Laura isn’t the finance professional’s real name. She asked not to name her or the bank for fear of retribution. In describing her time at the bank, she said she worked day and night, and was stopped from taking sick days off even after getting a throat infection which
By Michael Selby-Green
The Independent

'Kicked while I’m already down': The child sexual assault victim denied compensation over a petty crime

“I walked in and the lights were all down,” Kim Mitchell says, describing the night she was sexually abused by her PE teacher. She was eight years old and the children at her grammar school were watching a film. Out of the shadows in the TV room, lit only by the glow of the screen, Norman Hogbin beckoned her over. “There was nowhere for me to sit, so he plonked me in on his knee,” she says. “I was abused then and there on his lap while the other the children sat watching the telly.” She froze,
By harriet agerholm
The Independent

Pohoda Festival Review

As usual, this summer has brought a familiar tale of horror stories from various UK music events; ridiculous queues, overzealous security, and a lack of basic infrastructure blighting what are supposed to be uplifting, celebratory days out. But in Europe, they do things differently – they do things better – and Slovakia’s Pohoda Festival is fast becoming one of the continent’s greatest weekends.
By Derek Robertson
The Independent

'Shameful': More than 100 council homes in Grenfell Tower borough lying empty

More than 100 council homes in the London borough home to Grenfell Tower are lying empty in what has been branded a “shameful” waste of resources. Half of the 133 unoccupied houses in Kensington and Chelsea have been vacant for more than six months, according to figures released by the local authority, which presides over an area with one of the highest levels of homelessness in the country. Fourteen council-owned homes – which have at least 20 bedrooms between them – have been vacant for more
By harriet agerholm
The Independent

Art technicians: The industry's dirty secret, or all part of the process?

Down a chaotic lane in chaotic Govanhill, the works of two of Glasgow’s female Turner Prize-nominated artists, Lucy Skaer and Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, are being produced. But it is two men who have their studio here. Simon Richardson and Simon Harlow are art technicians, a job that people are often surprised to learn exists. They are the invisible hands who build sculptures and installations for which someone else gets the credit, taking on (almost) all of the graft for none of the glory.
By Lindsey Johnstone
The Independent

Colombians angry and bemused by The Sun’s controversial Harry Kane 'cocaine' front page

Colombians are angry and bemused by The Sun’s controversial Harry Kane “Cocaine” front page The tabloid has its fair share of opponents at home, but across the Atlantic, people in the South American country were upset and bemused by the paper's headline, above a picture of the smiling England striker. “As 3 Lions face nation that gave world Shakira, great coffee and er, other stuff, we say... Go Kane!”, it read - a play on words mocking Colombia’s history as a leading global producer of cocaine...
By Luke Taylor
The Independent

Secret Solstice Review

Beyond the artists scheduled to play, few festivals provide a truly unique experience; Iceland’s Secret Solstice boasts at least five. For this is an event not simply defined by who’s playing – although the line up is as diverse as it is impressive – but by the country as a whole; the people, the landscape, and the culture.
By Derek Robertson
The Independent

12 best book subscription boxes

We all know the power of a good book, but finding the time to seek out the latest bestseller or discover your perfect reading companion can be time consuming. If you begun your year with the intention of swapping your electronic devices for a paperback on a more frequent basis, then signing up to a book subscription box can take you one step closer to achieving your goal. Whether you can’t get enough of crime and mystery books, are partial to a literary classic or want something more contempora
By jenna farmer
The Independent

'I don't want a castle, I don't want a penthouse': Grenfell tower survivors still searching for a home one year on

When Antonio Roncolato walks into a room, the first thing he thinks about is how he can escape it. The 58-year-old was trapped in his 10th floor flat in Grenfell Tower as it burned on 14 June last year, black smoke filling the rooms. He waited to be rescued for five hours. A year later, the Italian waiter is among 129 households from Grenfell Tower and the surrounding area that have yet to move into permanent accommodation. He hopes his new flat will be at ground level, so it is easy to flee.
By harriet agerholm
The Independent

School provides sanctuary to Grenfell children

A year after the blaze at Grenfell Tower, nine-year-old Safiya El-Hafedi keeps having dreams about fire. In one of her most recent, there were imaginary flames in her house. “Then my family all died and I was flying up to the sky,” she says. “And I saw my friend that died in Grenfell and my cousin Mehdi. Then it stopped, for some reason. That’s all I remember.” Safiya is sitting in her deputy headteacher’s office at Thomas Jones Primary School, five minutes walk from the plastic-wrapped shell o
By harriet agerholm
The Independent

Thom Yorke Live @ Koninklijk Theatre

For the frontman of a band famous for soaring anthems and grandiose artistic statements, Thom Yorke’s solo material always seemed a little underwhelming. The stuttering beats and glitchy textures he disappeared into were broody and introverted, his cold, skeletal songs travelling way beyond Radiohead’s more experimental excursions.
By Derek Robertson
The Independent

Album reviews: Father John Misty, Roger Daltrey, LUMP and more

Father John Misty wastes no time: He dropped Pure Comedy just one year ago, but planted the seed about another record around the time of release. But God’s Favorite Customer is nothing like Father John Misty’s other works...
By Elizabeth Aubrey
The Independent

Lisa Stansfield: 'Corbyn comes across as a real smart-arse'

Looking out across the London skyline in a quiet, half-empty London restaurant, I’m waiting for Lisa Stansfield to arrive. The singer is next door at the BBC, recording a session to promote the release of her latest album, Deeper. Within minutes of her arrival, the room bursts into life. She is gregarious and warm, hugging and greeting me through her strong northern accent that hasn’t been weakened by time or distance from her roots. “You’re not from round here, are you?” she asks, recognising
By Elizabeth Aubrey
The Independent

Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Ruban Nielson: My music has made me braver

Ruban Nielson of psych-rock band Unknown Mortal Orchestra has gained something of a reputation for chasing adventures. His first and second albums, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and II, placed him as a partygoer – with lyrics inspired by sleepless nights and self-medication. His third LP, Multi-Love, documented the story of his unorthodox relationship: between himself, his wife and their shared girlfriend. And his fourth, Sex & Food, has been defined by his travels around the globe (with stints in B
By Lauren Kelly
The Independent

City Calm Down: 'A strong arts scene is important to a thriving society'

After an impressive debut, Melbourne’s City Calm Down are about to take their second album – Echoes In Blue – on tour in the UK and Europe. Part of Melbourne’s thriving music scene alongside the likes of Jen Cloher and Camp Cope, City Calm Down have earned early comparisons to The National thanks in part to their emotive lyrics and brooding delivery.
By Elizabeth Aubrey
The Independent

Carbon dioxide levels in Earth's atmosphere just reached the 'highest level in 800,000 years'

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached its highest level in at least 800,000 years, according to scientists. In April, CO2 concentration in the atmosphere exceeded an average of 410 parts per million (ppm) across the entire month, according to readings from the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. This is the first time in the history of the observatory’s readings that a monthly average has exceeded that level. The Scripps Institution of Oceanography said that before th
By Chloé Farand
The Independent

The Congo wants to open oil exploration in protected parks which are home to endangered mountain gorillas

A general view for the damaged railway station in al-Qadam neighborhood, after it was recaptured from Islamic State militants, in the south of Damascus. According to media reports, the Syrian army continued the military offensive it has launched earlier this month against militant groups entrenching in southern Damascus and captured several neighborhoods, including al-Qadam and al-Assali and targeting the remnants of armed groups in al-Hajar al-Aswad and its surrounding in Damascus southern coun
By Chloé Farand
The Independent

Man dead and woman in critical condition after police chase crash

A statue in honour of the first female Suffragette Millicent Fawcett is unveiled as Prime Minister Theresa May and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan look on during a ceremony in Parliament Square. The statue of womens suffrage leader Millicent Fawcett is the first monument of a woman and the first designed by a woman, Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing OBE, to take a place in parliament Square. A man pulls the flowers down from a fence opposite the house of Richard Osborn-Brooks in South Park
By Caitlin Doherty
The Independent

Tallinn Music Week Review

It’s not every festival that opens with a heartfelt address by the actual President, but then Tallinn Music Week is a festival like no other. “I’m so proud to see how this has developed into a creative hub, combining the freshest thinking about music, the future of our cities, and facing environmental challenges,” says Kersti Kaljulaid in a keynote speech that also touches on love, our shared humanity, and what Martin Luther King can still teach us 50 years after his assassination.
By Derek Robertson
The Independent

Leon Bridges review, Jazz Cafe, London: Buoyant with brass and syncopated shimmy

At London’s Jazz Cafe last night, it was 1967 all over again. Dressed in an open-necked zebra print shirt and wide flared trousers, Leon Bridges carved out a night of old-fashioned soul. Backed by a superb four-piece band, Bridges sounds as sharp as he looks. Buoyant with brass and syncopated shimmy, "Smooth Sailin’" makes for toe-tapping a plenty. "Brown Skin Girl" showcases the singer’s startling raspy croon. And as for the soft-snared "Mississippi Kisses", it evades any suggestion that the s
By Lauren Kelly
The Independent

Sex toy treasure hunt in Belgium celebrates sexuality and raises awareness

As I waded through the mud, swinging my spade like a medieval axe, I grew increasingly desperate to find a vibrator. And no, this isn’t a tale of rural sexual repression. This was the annual sex toy hunt in Wépion, Belgium. In a little village just outside of Namur, the capital of Wallonia, I found myself knee deep in a crowded, muddy field, digging for dildos at the highlight of the “Chasse aux Sextoys” festival.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent