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A tyre washed up on the beach at Prestwick, Scotland. Photo: Getty
Meet the women sailing across oceans to understand what toxins are really doing to our bodies
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 22 October 16:21

The aim of the voyage, and the play inspired by it, is to make “the unseen seen” and enhance understanding of what the chemicals we put into the sea and our own bodies are actually doing.

A still from “Margarita, with a Straw”.
Margarita, with a Straw: an Indian indie film with a lot to say about disability and sexuality
By Eleanor Margolis - 22 October 12:04

Central character Laila is hounded by reminders that she’s different, but refreshingly, never accepts this herself.

Attention, #NaNoWriMo Fans: No One Cares How Your F***ing Novel Is Going
By Hayley Campbell - 21 October 15:03

Watching a person write is one of the most boring things in the world. Please don’t inflict your process on us.

Arch enemy: the railway arches of Vauxhall Cross. Photo: Banalities/Flickr
Will Self: Eating “dirty food” in Vauxhall is just a little bit too authentic
By Will Self - 21 October 10:44

I can understand the logic of opening a branch of Dirty Burger in Shoreditch – but Vauxhall? Although the spirit of gentrification is taking up residence here, the fact remains the place is still what is scientifically termed a shithole. 

Booze run: shoppers making the most of whisky and gin price cuts at a London off-licence, 1965. Photo: Getty
Nicholas Lezard: It’s one thing to have a reputation, another to have one that’s so undeserved
By Nicholas Lezard - 21 October 10:31

All over London, men who should know better are going on the lash and then claiming that they’d been with me, simply in order to remove all notions of their own agency or responsibility.

Luke Evans in Dracula Untold.
What the historical inaccuracies in “Dracula Untold” tell us about the rise of Islamophobia
By Elest Ali - 20 October 17:13

The vilification of Islam has reached such heights that when the Muslim Sultan Mehmet II is cast opposite history’s bloodiest psycho-tyrant, it’s Dracula who emerges as the tragic hero.

John Travolta and Samuel L Jackson radiate effortless cool in Pulp Fiction.
Twenty years on, it’s time to admit that Pulp Fiction is a bad film
By Sam Moore - 20 October 12:47

It’s time we recognised that Quentin Tarantino’s much-lauded movie is about nothing, says nothing and makes you feel nothing.

Water: it's a mixer, you have it with whisky... Photo: Getty
Nina Caplan: It’s not our fault we’re a nation of bad drinkers
By Nina Caplan - 17 October 16:24

Most fizzy drinks are vile, yet some of those still do duty as mixers – the point here being, presumably, to cancel out one horrible taste with another.

Man of the old school: United manager Louis van Gaal (second from right) with his briefcase/note pad. Photo: Getty
Football, home to the lost art of handwriting. And other silly rituals
By Hunter Davies - 17 October 16:22

Hunter Davies’s weekly column, The Fan. 

Curious and curiouser: Fela Kuti on stage at Glastonbury in 1984. Photo: master_xpo/Flickr
For years, I wondered what Fela Kuti had really done to that man on stage
By Suzanne Moore - 17 October 15:39

Suzanne Moore’s weekly column, Telling Tales. 

Tanks for the memories: Brad Pitt and crew in Fury, a misfiring mix of horror and schmaltz
Belly of the beast: Brad Pitt’s new war movie veers from horror to schmaltz
By Ryan Gilbey - 17 October 15:18

For every stab at dirty realism in Fury, there is a sanitising touch to make everything clean again.

Cher wigs: but ITV's Great Fire fails to catch fire
Overblown vanilla awfulness: The Great Fire is more Great Farce
By Rachel Cooke - 17 October 11:00

With its 1990s Cher wigs, glossy modern make-up and Disneyfied London, even a lustful Samuel Pepys can’t save ITV’s The Great Fire. 

In the Frame: The Real Winners
By Tom Humberstone - 17 October 10:27

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

Rebecca Grant as the student Izzy in “Seminar”. Photo: Alastair Muir
Mark Lawson: the problem with writing about writing
By Mark Lawson - 16 October 17:20

Egotism and self-flagellation.

Theodore Roosevelt speaking at Grant’s Tomb, New York, in 1911. The following year, he was shot in the chest while campaigning. Photo: Browns Brothers/Stirling/PA
Meet Ken Burns, the US pioneer of long-form television
By Erica Wagner - 16 October 17:08

From baseball to the Roosevelts, the film-maker Ken Burns has devoted a career to resurrecting America’s history.

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