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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Fiona Tapp

Freelance Writer, and Educator

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Skills: Reporter, Proofreader, Feature Writer, Editor, Copywriter, Blogger
Specialisms: Travel, Lifestyle, Journalism, Health, Food, Features, Education, Culture, Business

Christopher Finnigan

Christopher is a freelance journalist and has written for the Independent, Guardian and Slate. He is based in ...

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Jordan Seward

Freelance Sport Journalist Currently studying an NCTJ accredited sport journalism course at the University of Brighton.Sport lover - ...

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Specialisms: Journalism

Sophie Witts

NCTJ qualified journalist writing about food, restaurants, hotels and gaming.My work has been published in The Independent, The ...

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Specialisms: Food

Latest Articles

Five things to do in Lapland when there's no snow

I must have checked the weather forecast in Lapland an average of 20 times a day in the run-up to our Christmas trip of a lifetime. For months, I had told my five-year-old that we were going to visit Santa in the North Pole (although, technically Finnish Lapland is nowhere near). Except, as the forecast and news articles kept telling me, there was no snow this year. Lapland has experienced the mildest November for 60 years. When my family and I touched down on the runway at Rovaniemi Airport la
By Matilda Battersby
The Independent

10 of the Best Hotels in Stockholm

Open, modern and diverse, yet still with an eye to preserving spots like the historic Gamla Stan district, Stockholm combines both old-world European splendour and clean contemporary design. Here, you’ll find a palace and museums cosied up to trendy vegan restaurants committed to sourcing local produce and beautiful minimalist souvenirs that are too good to give away. Here are my top hotel picks in Stockholm...
By Fiona Tapp
The Independent

Almost 85,000 children under five may have starved to death in Yemen, charity warns as fighting flares in Hodeidah

As many as 85,000 children have starved to death in Yemen, according to Save the Children with the charity warning that up to 14 million people are at risk of famine if a ruinous war does not end soon. Since 2015, when the fighting first broke out the group has estimated that at least 84,700 children under the age of five may have died from malnutrition. That is the equivalent of every child in Birmingham, Britain’s second biggest city, the group added.
By Mohammed Awadh
The Independent

10 best women’s dressing gowns

As the nights get longer and colder, nothing says cosy quite like a dressing gown. From the moment the clocks go back, it becomes more and more acceptable to choose nightwear over clothes, and suddenly the dressing gown becomes a vital piece in your autumn/winter wardrobe. Whether you’re a traditionalist looking for an added layer on those cold nights, or you’re looking for the perfect housecoat to throw on the moment you get home, we’ve rounded up the cosiest, cutest and most festive dressing
By Chloë James
The Independent

The Independent: What I Learned From Pitching WAITROSE Food

Last week, I pitched an article to my favourite food magazine. Inspired by Waitrose’s announcement that plant-based sales had soared 85 per cent, I emailed Waitrose Food‘s editor, William Sitwell, about a new series on vegan food: plant-based recipes, tips from vegan chefs, new ways of cooking with new ingredients. This series wouldn’t just appeal to vegans, I wrote, but anyone looking to eat more healthily and sustainably. The email was sent in a professional capacity, to the email address Sitwell publicises on his website – not, as claimed, a “private email”.
By Selene Nelson
The Independent

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

Terminally ill ‘Dr Death’ Gunther von Hagens wants his corpse displayed in his exhibition of dissected human bodies

The creator of a controversial new exhibition of dissected human body parts has reiterated how he wants his corpse to be posed in its entrance with his hand outstretched to greet visitors. Gunther Von Hagens spoke to The Independent ahead of the opening of the Body Worlds exhibition in London, which will put on permanent display human limbs, organs and skeletons preserved through the “plastination” process he pioneered. Dr Von Hagens was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 10 years ago, leaving
By Tilly Gambarotto
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