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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Priscilla Moraes

Priscilla Moraes

jornalista desde 2011, curiosa desde sempre

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Callum Mason

Callum Mason

Journalist working at MoneySavingExpert.com. Formerly of Deadline News press agency in Edinburgh. Also a satirical news writer.

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Amy Fallon

Amy Fallon

I am a widely-published and experienced Australian-Canadian journalist, communications and media specialist who has worked all around the …

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Skills: Reporter, Feature Writer, Copywriter, Blogger
Specialisms: Travel, Social Media, Politics, News, Lifestyle, Journalism, Health, Food, Features, Fashion, Environment, Entertainment, Education, Culture, Business, Art
Ed Prideaux

Ed Prideaux

Hello! I'm a feature writer (BBC, FT, Guardian, Independent, VICE, Spectator, The Quietus). Get in touch: eddie.prideaux@gmail.com. Psychology, …

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Eve Bennett

Eve Bennett

I'm Eve, a Modern Languages student at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford and former Deputy Editor of …

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Rebecca Goodman

Rebecca Goodman

I am an award-winning freelance journalist with more than 10 years’ experience working for online and print consumer …

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Latest Articles

We review the Dyson supersonic hair dryer to see if its worth the £300 price tag

No hair dryer is as iconic as the Dyson supersonic. Launched in 2016, the brand’s first adventure in beauty was the result of $71 million worth of research as they set out to create a totally new drying experience. “New” was definitely the right word for it. The Dyson supersonic looks different to any other hair dryer on the market. With an internal motor, the design alone sets it apart from its competitors – it looks like something plucked from the future.
By Chloë James
The Independent

How to find insurance you’re a ‘high-risk’ traveller

It has been a long time coming but finally, the summer of (a bit more) freedom is here. The Portugal debacle notwithstanding, we’re embracing the chance the travel, even if it is mostly within our own shores for now. But as we settle in to a new normal some of the old restrictions are coming back to haunt us – not least when it comes to insuring that summer break. “We went into 2020 as a normal, healthy family that could pick up cheap travel insurance quickly,” says Kate MacKenzie, from Somer
By Rebecca Goodman
The Independent

What to do with savings if you’re steering clear of the property frenzy

If you’re one of the nation’s savers you’d be forgiven for experiencing an overwhelming sense of frustration. A year’s worth of headlines suggest you should be laughing all the way to the bank – having, perhaps, saved far more than usual thanks to a unique set of circumstances. But that cash probably hasn’t done you many favours since, especially if it is languishing in a savings account. Interest rates are dismally low, and providers have snatched away those that once paid out anything approa
By Rebecca Goodman
The Independent

As a doctor, I’m worried by your post-pandemic sexual behavior

As a medical student and later as a resident in rotations, I read about, but never actually saw, congenital syphilis (mother-to-child transmission of syphilis). It’s just that rare — and according to the WHO, worldwide, congenital syphilis is declining (albeit slowly). But according to a report by the CDC, in the US it's up 279 percent from 2015. And other STIs are also up: since 2015, syphilis is up 74 percent, chlamydia 19 percent and gonorrhea is up 56 percent. For physicians, those numbers a
By Marcos Del Rosario
The Independent

How Architects Are Greening Vietnam’s Hotel Scene

On a diamond-shaped island in southern Vietnam sits a collection of small lagoons enveloped by leafy vines. Adding to the hanging greenery are flourishing frangipani trees blooming with butter yellow champa flowers and bunches of bamboo stalks supporting a lime green canopy. Verdant though it is, this forest isn’t wild. And despite the botanic setting, the lagoons are actually secluded swimming pools.
By Joshua Zukas
The Independent

The new financial tools supporting those hit hardest by Covid

By now you really won’t need us to tell you that the pandemic was devastating – from lives lost to livelihoods destroyed. In financial terms alone, the economy shrank by a record 9.9 per cent last year, according to the Office for National Statistics. The overall decline in output was more than twice as bad as the 2009 recession. With the UK now reopening, and further relaxations of the rules this week, rapid recovery is widely expected, thanks in part to the vaccine rollout and the government
By Rebecca Goodman
The Independent

Best plus-size swimwear brands for fuller busts and figures

At long last, summer is almost close enough to touch and we have got you covered – literally. Staycations are on and even though it looks as though most of us will be holidaying closer to home than we would like, swimwear will still be on our shopping lists. We believe that summer 2021 should be your most stylish and carefree yet, so we’ve picked out the best plus-size swimwear to fit a fuller figure.
By Mollie Quirk
The Independent

Salcombe is a classic English beach destination full of new discoveries

The cold wind whips around my ears and violently shakes the branches overhead. Right now, I’m unsure whether the bead plummeting down my cheek is sweat or rain. As my feet weigh down on the pedals and my legs start to burn, I activate ‘turbo mode’ and battery power aids my climb to the top of the hill. I’m on an e-bike and that bead slipping down my cheek is most certainly rain – even on the steepest of South Devon hills, I’ve barely broken a sweat.
By Emilia Harris
The Independent

I’m 23 and suffer from asthma – I never had any doubts about taking the AstraZeneca vaccine

For four months I waited to be called up for the vaccine. Four months of walking on eggshells to protect my parents from a virus we still do not know enough about; of fearing for my own health and immune response if I were to get the virus. As an asthma sufferer on steroid inhalers, I expected to be one of the first to be called up. Every day, I would eagerly greet the postman only to be left in the dark week after week. I would see friends and strangers my own age advertising their vaccine car
By Madeleine Raine
The Independent

Women won’t benefit from flexible working until childcare costs fall

Trillions of US dollars were set officially aside this week to help boost the post-Covid economy by lowering childcare costs. Just like they are in the US, childcare fees are one of the biggest expenses for UK parents or carers with young children. Childcare costs are up 2 per cent in the past year, to an average of £263 a week for a full-time place and £138 a week for part-time care, according to the Money Advice Service. That’s around £14,000 a year for just one child in full-time care, alth
By Rebecca Goodman
The Independent

Students protest across UK to demand action on sexual violence

Students across the country have protested against sexual harassment and violence on campus as they call for more to be done to support victims and help women feel safe at university. Campaigns have taken off after the murder of Sarah Everard, who disappeared while walking home in London earlier this month, which sparked widespread conversations over women’s safety.
By Darcey Edkins
The Independent

11 best chemical peels that exfoliate, brighten and smooth skin

For those new to the game, chemical peels sound like something that belongs in a science lab and not your skincare drawer. But don’t let that put you off – many at-home peels are surprisingly gentle and can transform your skin in a matter of minutes. Despite the name, peels don’t literally leave you snake-like and shedding layers of skin. Instead they typically use a range of alpha and beta hydroxy acids (also known as AHAs and BHAs) and other exfoliating ingredients to gently lift the dirt...
By Chloë James
The Independent

Tuaine Keenan shines as Leeds Rhinos bounce back in Superleague

Manchester Thunder grabbed the bragging rights to emerge victorious 48-41 in a War of the Roses clash against Leeds Rhinos to headline a thrilling round in the 2021 Vitality Netball Superleague. The reigning champions showed their class with a late surge to fend off their rivals after being tied up at 33-33 heading into the final 12 minutes of the round eight contest. Team Bath continued their fine start to the season to retain top spot and their unblemished record with a 51-29 win over London
By Hannah Clarke
The Independent

Best plus size lingerie shops for fuller busts

Being a plus-size woman means finding supportive lingerie is imperative, but this doesn’t mean it’s easy. Having bigger boobs, wider hips and a more shapely silhouette can make finding lingerie that fits well and accentuates your figure difficult. The lingerie market has evolved in recent years, massively improving and expanding with new and exciting innovations, brands and products. Most brands have adapted to suit all body types, with many now offering a DD+ range to suit a fuller bust and figure.
By Mollie Quirk
The Independent

Team Bath showcase ‘ominous’ form as Strathclyde Sirens surprise in Superleague

Team Bath’s form is “ominous” for the rest of the Vitality Netball Superleague as they maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign over a dramatic double-header weekend. Bath performed from the first whistle, racking up a huge 16 goals to Thunder’s eight in the first 12 minutes as the visitors were struck by injuries to Emma Dovey and Rebekah Airey. Anna Stembridge’s side then backed up that result with a 49-30 victory over Severn Stars, who had secured their first win of the campaign a da
By Hannah Clarke
The Independent

How and why women must protect their financial affairs

Traditionally men have been far more likely to take these policies out than women. But even though this gap is narrowing, the past year has taught us how important it is that women are protected. We know they are more likely to be in industries vulnerable to factors like the pandemic or economic recessions, generally earn less than men, and are usually the main carer givers to children or elderly relations – so surely this kind of protection should benefit them most. Is it a case of women earn
By Rebecca Goodman
The Independent

Students on having spent so long away from university

As England was sent into its third lockdown in early January, most students were told to stay put – while many were still at home for the Christmas holidays – and their teaching pushed online. Only those on certain courses, like medicine and dentistry, could continue with face-to-face classes.
By Darcey Edkins
The Independent

Is it finally time to say goodbye to cash?

A year ago, the government promised to protect cash, the use of it, and the millions of people who still rely on it. But 12 months on, after thousands of ATMs have been got rid of and hundreds more bank branch closures completed or on the horizon, little has been done to slow the decline. In last year’s Budget, just weeks before the first national lockdown, Rishi Sunak said legislation to protect access to cash would be introduced for the section of the population who, for one reason or another
By Rebecca Goodman
The Independent

From Amazon to Ocado, here are the best and worst pandemic performers

Outside the world was changing as Covid ensured (though we didn’t really realise it at the time) that we would never again behave in quite the same way. These changes and general trends in consumer behaviour have been playing out in the performance of FTSE 100 companies ever since, with online retailers and streaming services soaring in value, while many hospitality and travel firms have been left near to collapse. But unless you happen to be either a full-time investment analyst or an epidemi
By Rebecca Goodman
The Independent

How to cash in on this summer’s staycation boom

Demand for staycation accommodation is predicted to massively outstrip supply – so if you’ve ever considered making some extra money from renting your home out, is now the time to do it? It could be a great opportunity to make some extra cash, which could help offset some of the economic consequences of the worst recession on record. Research from Vanquis Bank showed that in Manchester, for example, property owners could make an annual average of £7,124 from renting out a private room in a home
By Rebecca Goodman
The Independent

Why getting married still offers a boost to your finances

It is a rare case, but one that highlights the different ways unmarried couples are still treated by the law, especially when it comes to the sticky matter of their finances. One way to eradicate this situation is to have a will in place, but despite a surge in demand for wills in the past year, around 40 per cent of UK adults do not have one. “It’s particularly important for unmarried couples to write wills, as dying without a will means the law will decide what happens to your assets. In Eng
By Rebecca Goodman
The Independent