In an age of unprecedented foreign travel, tourists get quite a bad rap, not least from tourists themselves.
When Ioannis Ikonomou arrived in Brussels as an interpreter, the EU had 12 official languages. He learnt them all - then kept going.
I asked my new friends if I could stay for a few days whilst my landlords dealt with a rat problem. I ended up staying forever.
Transgender people in Britain are still some of the most marginalised in society, which is why we need trans pride now more than ever.
Harriet Williamson talks to people grappling with mental health and employment issues, and discovers an appetite to end shame and stigma.
My feet were burnt from standing in very high heels and everything deteriorated quite quickly.
“Suburban!” I expostulated. “That thing’s big enough to contain an entire suburb!”
Even thinking about a backscratcher makes the back cry out for one.
Elderly people, disabled people, people with carers, women and children all have their lives limited by the UK’s lack of public toilets. We need to talk about this unseen sanitation crisis.
Too often, David Cameron has failed to engage with all aspects of Britain’s Muslim community so: he has visited a mosque only once in five years.
Whatever her motivations – and whether she had even been aware of them – she had been hastening his demise.
Welcome to the world of synthetic biology.
My only consolation, as I now wonder what on earth I am going to put my Marmite on besides my finger, is that Mousie will have burst like a balloon with the amount he has eaten.
A recent US study found that more than 95 per cent of women say they don’t regret their abortion. Perhaps, like me, they were brought by the terrifying realness of a pregnancy to a place where they knew, perhaps for the first time, what the right thing for them was.
The new Lib Dem leader, who is a Christian, has been criticised for his stance on abortion and gay marriage. On Friday Channel 4's Cathy Newman asked him three times if he believed that gay sex was sinful.
Bad blood between teams may provide a short-term boost but it also brings with it a longer-term popular disengagement. Thankfully, the opposite is happening within English cricket.
It seems like a great time to be a woman in politics - but the fact that childless women are vilified as selfish, while so few mothers make it to the top, reveals an uncomfortable truth about how far we still have to go to achieve equality.
Ed Caesar's new book asks if the record is breakable - and who could break it.
If that particular envelope-opening scene had been filmed in the 1930s or 1940s, it would have been accompanied by a shaft of sunlight and the sound of a heavenly choir.
It occurred to me that the only possible summation would be a paraphrase of Dr Johnson’s infamous remarks about female preachers, which is to say, I was amazed not so much by the Who playing well, as that they were capable of playing at all.
When planning, it often seems one person gets their way. But there is an alternative.
You know when kids say “It’s so unfair”? Well. They’re right.
A video showing a man trying to bag a good, old-fashioned "offline date" by marching up to women in the street to ask them out has gone viral, but it's more disturbing than heartwarming.
Truly independent expertise can never be swayed. Numbers, on the other hand, can be manipulated reasonably easily.
The overwhelming need to prevent planetary meltdown gets translated into overwhelming earnestness and a lack of ability to do human.
Roman Krznaric speaks about his new project, the Empathy Museum, and why he believes it has the power to make visitors more empathetic.
Our casual affair became more serious when we went to meetings in a back room of a pub on Holloway Road.
The twisting of proud nations on skewers of debt and want, the rise of shrill nationalisms, the fear of foreigners – all these staples of modern life can’t be more than bland echoes of those dismal days, can they?
Are gamekeepers killing off Britain's raptors? It's a question that gets to the heart of our right to privacy – and to roam.
Grigson's recipes still have the power to surprise – God knows what readers in 1971 made of sushi with sweet beans – and her enthusiasm for her subject is utterly infectious.