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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Janet Tappin Coelho

Freelance journalist based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Amy Coles

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Journalist, guidebook author, editor and content creator with 12 years experience across print and digital. I specialise in ...

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I am an assistant editor at Citywealth, a financial magazine published in London. Before journalism, I worked as ...

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Latest Articles

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

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

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

Native American and Indigenous Identity in Chicago

American Indian Center of Chicago’s Education Coordinator Fawn E. Pochel spoke to the NEIU community for the Angelina Pedroso Centers “Pandora’s Box” series on March 28. In 2011 Pochel, her sisters and community of friends began putting together the Chi-Nations Youth Council (CNYC). CNYC is an inter-tribal organization that builds community, takes action and educates others on environmental issues. CYNC provides a safe space for American Native American and Alaskan Native youth from across the U.S. the opportunity to share their stories to help represent and redefine history.
By Nicole Anderson
The Independent

The Boxer Rebellion: 'A lot of young men find it difficult to open up about their feelings'

A few seconds into a chat with Boxer Rebellion frontman Nathan Nicholson, talk turns to our differing accents. “Man-cun-ian,” Nicholson says, slowly, enunciating each syllable cautiously in a thick Tennessee accent. “Is that how you pronounce it?” he asks, nervously...
By Elizabeth Aubrey
The Independent

US republican suggests women should face the death penalty for abortion

A Republican politician has said that women who have abortions should face the death penalty. Bob Nonini, who is standing for lieutenant governor in Idaho, said anyone who had one "should pay". "There should be no abortion," he told a crowd at a candidate forum event hosted by conservative Christian podcast, Cross Politic. "Anyone who has an abortion should pay." Pressed by moderators about the nature of the punishment, Mr Nonini nodded when asked if he supported the possibility of the death
By Caitlin Doherty
The Independent

Russia calls on Britain to present 'every possible element of evidence' on Salisbury nerve agent attack

Russia has demanded the UK present "every possible element of evidence" that it was responsible for the Salisbury nerve agent attack on a former spy that triggered a global diplomatic row and plunged its relationship with many Western nations to lows not seen since the Cold War. Yury Filatov, Moscow's ambassador to Ireland, said it had asked the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which has been investigating at the scene of the poisoning of Ser
By Caitlin Doherty
The Independent

Two killed and M62 closed after car seen driving wrong way up motorway

Two people have been killed in a horrific crash after a car was driven the wrong way down the M62 motorway in the small hours of the morning. Two men aged 34 and 37 were found dead in the wreckage of a white Skoda Octavia at the scene near Bradford at 2.30am on Easter Monday. Police had previously received reports of a car driving eastbound on the westbound carriageway between junction 26 and 27. The 22-year-old driver of a black Vauxhall Insignia failed a breath test and was arrested for cau
By Caitlin Doherty
The Independent

A gentleman's profession? The women fighting for gender equality in publishing

Nineteen publishing companies were among the organisations who last week revealed details of the disparity in pay between their male and female staff. Despite a female-dominated workforce (almost two-thirds), the mean industry pay gap report made for stark reading.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

How to match your food with the perfect cocktail, according to experts

Red with meat, white with fish... even the most basic boozers among us have heard a little about how to match wine to food. But as the cocktail craze shows no signs of abating, it’s highball time we learnt more about how to complement more complex mixtures with the right flavours.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

Britain's top bartenders reveal their favourite cocktails

Drinking to an expert standard, instead of drinking to excess? It’s a thought, certainly. We at The Independent decided to up our cocktail game by finding out from some of the country’s top mixologists what their poison is, and why. Despite being experts of innovation, surprisingly many of our interviewees were suckers for the classics, with most choices veering to the traditional with a twist. In no particular order, here are some of Britain's top bartenders with their picks for their favour
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

The history of the cocktail, from mead to Mad Men

The word cocktail is generally taken to mean a drink of three flavours or two or more ingredients, at least one of which is alcoholic – although Merriam-Webster has it as “a usually iced drink of wine or distilled liquor mixed with flavouring ingredients”.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

Why The Ancient Ruins of Kuelap Are The New Machu Picchu For Holiday Adventurers

The air is thin and misty up here, hanging in droplets from the hood of my raincoat. Edging forward to the sparse barrier of the mountaintop it feels as though I am standing right above the clouds – and, at an elevation of 3,000m, I suppose I am.
By Fiona Tapp
The Independent

Pay the Players: NCAA makes millions off of broke college athletes

With millions of people across the U.S tuning in for March Madness, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) will pull in a big profit and keep most of the revenue from their student-athletes who put in the most work. NCAA covers a lot of student-athlete expenses but should also pay their players as well. NCAA pushes the “students first, athletes second” idea. This is great because knowledge is power, but in America, so is having money. USA Today has reported that Mark Emmert, the current NCAA president, made $1.7 million in 2011, $1.8 million in 2013 and $1.9 million in 2015. Every two years Emmert seems to make more money than before, which means the money is there to pay the players.
By Nicole Anderson
The Independent

URO rally: undocumented and unafraid

“No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here,” the crowd chanted while walking into NEIU’s quad. The crowd was led by Undocumented, Resilient and Organized (URO) member, Melanny Buitron on the bullhorn: “Show me what democracy looks like, this is what democracy looks like!” URO president Carolina Vázquez Torres opened the rally by addressing the crowd in English and Spanish. Behind her was a large canvas sign painted with a tree, handprints for leaves, monarch butterflies and a message: “They tried to bury us, but they didn’t know we were seeds.”
By Nicole Anderson
The Independent

I went naked speed dating – and here's why you should too

Beforehand, my mother said to me: “Do you have time to get a fake tan? It’ll make you look way thinner.” Needless to say, I did not. But this stands out as one of the more publishable pieces of advice I received before I went naked speed dating.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

Here's how to taste coffee like a pro, according to the experts

Wake up and smell the coffee – then prepare to taste it like an expert. High street coffee is a relatively young industry in Britain, compared to say, wine, so it doesn't carry the weight of as much history – or indeed, the pretentiousness. But while wine (and wine tasting) is becoming increasingly accessible and down-to-earth, taking coffee seriously is seriously taking off.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent