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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.
Post-40 Bloggers - older woman doing yoga
Is there anything uglier than a beautiful younger woman secretly Snapchatting a 70-year old at the gym and then posting it for ridicule on social media? Because of course when you're young and gonna live forever you have the right to body shame those who are not quite at your...
Post-40 Bloggers - Caster Semenya athlete, image credit OkayAfrica
All in all, the International Olympics Committee and the local organisers in Rio will be breathing a sigh of relief. Concerns over a shortfall in funding for the Paralympics are a hefty cloud on the horizon but, broadly speaking, the 2016 Olympics will surely be remembered favourably for having...
Post-40 Bloggers - American flag
Happy Independence Day or, as my American husband soon corrected me when we first met, 'Happy 4th July.' Now well educated in the significance of the fourth day in the seventh month in the good ol' US of A, I thought it might be interesting to post an accessible explanation...
Post-40 Bloggers - man chained to computer late at night
Who remembers the tale of the young man who was so fixated with taking selfies that the addiction cost him his job? How about the young woman who would have an attack of nerves if not able to check her Facebook account regularly? And what about you – do you...
audi Arabia UN cartoon, photo credit The Independent
Cartoons taunting Saudi Arabia's membership of the United Nations human rights council have gone viral on social media after the kingdom executed 47 people in one day. While the regime's interior minister claimed most of the 47 executed had been involved in the deadly 2003 and 2004 al-Qaeda attacks, a prominent Shia cleric, Sheikh Nimr...
BBC Carlos Acosta Carmen, The Farewell, photo credit The Independent
David Walliams, David Attenborough, David Beckham, Darcey Bussell, Downton Abbey, Doctor Who, Dickens... the alliteration may stop there, but not the sense of déjà vu as television broadcasts a host of new productions within what is a now well-established template. The drama front is very promising, with an excellent new Agatha...
Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe oil on canvas painting by Édouard Manet
Alexandra Harris concerns herself with the weather "as it is recreated in the human imagination" in Weatherlands: Writers and Artists Under English Skies (Thames & Hudson, £24.95). From the ninth century to the present day, and exploring the physical through the psychological and even the spiritual, it is a...
Robert Lindsay as Wolfie Citizen Smith, photo credit The Independent
Citizen Smith is back: Classic 1970s BBC comedy starring Robert Lindsay set to return. Robert Lindsay is to return to his much-loved role as an aspiring, if unsuccessful, revolutionary in a new series of the popular Seventies sitcom Citizen Smith. Over the course of four series, Wolfie Smith (Lindsay) dreamed of bringing about "freedom...