An alleyway in Edinburgh. Photo: Getty
The allure of the closet: is kink only sexy when it is underground?
By Margaret Corvid - 26 August 12:40

Even in the age of Fifty Shades of Grey, kink is still a taboo. Margaret Corvid examines what can happen when private lives are made public.

Dead man walking: a man dressed as a zombie in Hyde Park, London, August 2013. Photo: Getty
I think I might be dead – it would explain a lot about the past seven years
By Nicholas Lezard - 22 August 16:59

A friend comes round with some old copies of the New Scientist and I read a piece about Cotard’s syndrome, whose symptoms present as the conviction that you are dead.

Glutton meets gourmet: our ideas about healthy eating are becoming ever more confused. Image: Valero Doval
Slightly overweight people live longer – so is it time to rethink our dietary advice?
By Julian Baggini - 21 August 11:50

One of the most unfortunate consequences of this constant revising of recommendations is the belief that no one knows what a good diet is. But look at the bigger picture and the consensus holds steady over time.

Students open their exam results at Winterbourne Academy, near Bristol. Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images
GCSE results day reveals the sinister side of social media
By George Gillett - 21 August 10:30

As students across the country receive their GCSE results, many will be realising that there is no escape from comparisons with their peers thanks to the growth of social media. But does it represent the truth?

Shiny and new: the new Kings Cross Station is a far cry from its former grim incarnation. Photo: Getty
King’s Cross – from derelict wasteland to caffeinated utopia
By Ed Smith - 21 August 10:00

In the mid-1990s, when I often caught the train out to Cambridge, King’s Cross was known for two things: a dirty, decaying station and prostitutes. Now I secretly enjoy missing a connection.

Harriet Harman at Wimbledon this summer. Photo: Getty
The problem with Harriet Harman’s proposed gambling tax
By Martin Cloake - 18 August 15:30

Labour think the levy can be used to fund elite sports development as well as grass-roots sports. So, they must be hoping for a lot of gambling in order to generate the sums needed.

Ched Evans playing for Sheffield United in 2012. Photo: Getty
Ched Evans and Ma’lik Richmond: why should rapists get a second chance to be celebrated?
By Sarah Ditum - 15 August 12:31

Sports stars who are convicted of rape get to return as heroes on the field. If there were justice for women, rape would be a crime that makes us all turn in disgust from the perpetrator.

With students paying more than ever, richer data is needed for them to accurately know how much their course will enhance their prospects.
What is the value of university?
By Ryan Shorthouse - 14 August 18:05

With students paying more than ever, richer data is needed for them to accurately know how much their course will enhance their prospects. 

Two heads aren’t better than one: even the most sophisticated antidepressants seem unequal to the challenge of curing our modern malaise
Shrinking horizons: can science offer new answers to mental illness?
By Lisa Appignanesi - 14 August 15:00

It is clear that the NHS and the rise of scientific medicine in the west count among the greatest achievements of the postwar years. But can doctors really be the providers of all our goods?

Bug's life: a woman tends to a shelf full of cockroaches in jars in a lab, c.1955. Photo: Getty
The patient complained of insects crawling on her skin. Then she handed me a glass jar
By Phil Whitaker - 14 August 10:00

The “matchbox sign” describes the tendency of a particular sort of patient to bring spurious evidence in a small container to show the doctor.

Housing in Knightsbridge, London, an area where much property sits empty. Photo: Getty
Live in guardians: one radical solution to the UK’s housing problem
By Barbara Speed - 14 August 10:00

Property guardianship emerged in the Netherlands in the 1990s, seen as a way of dealing with the large numbers of squatters occupying empty Dutch buildings. 

Magic number: a bar owner celebrates his big win near Barcelona, 2010
The day I (almost) won the lottery in Spain
By William Cook - 14 August 10:00

William Cook was on his way to buy a ticket for “El Gordo” in a small town in Tenerife but changed his mind at the last minute. It’s a decision he’s lived to regret. 

Lazing on a sunny afternoon: summertime on Hampstead Heath. Photo: Getty
Nicholas Lezard: A trip down memory pain on the way back from the Heath
By Nicholas Lezard - 07 August 10:00

Nicholas Lezard’s Down and Out column. 

An infant inspects a work at the National Exhibition of Children's Art at the Royal Institute Galleries
No, Jake Chapman, opening culture to young people is never a waste of time
By Robert Macquarie - 06 August 12:00

The artist, nominated for the Turner Prize in 2003, has stoked controversy to gain media attention. It is still worth resisting his fundamentally misguided claims.

Laurie Penny and Mary Beard in Conway Hall.
VIDEO: Laurie Penny and Mary Beard discuss the public voice of women
By New Statesman - 04 August 11:56

Highlights from our Conway Hall event on 30 July 2014.

Outside the Matchroom Stadium. Photo: Getty
It’s not you, Leyton Orient: why a sexist song means I’m walking away from my football club
By James McMahon - 01 August 14:47

After tweeting his disapproval of a sexist song sung in the stands, James McMahon found himself on the receiving end of a social media onslaught.

An Iranian woman adjusts her headscarf in central Tehran. Photo: Getty
High heels and hijabs: Iran’s sexual revolution
By Ramita Navai - 01 August 10:00

For more than 30 years, the Islamic Republic has been obsessively battling against sex, but as with anything that is suppressed or banned, people have learned to sidestep the punitive regulations. 

Dismayed: England captain Alastair Cook after losing the 2nd Test match between England and India at Lord's, 21 July. Photo: Getty
Ed Smith: We can’t fix English cricket without tackling what’s wrong at county level
By Ed Smith - 31 July 10:00

I used to hate it when the failings of the England team were blamed on the counties but there is no way of avoiding the fact: English cricket is getting a very poor return on its investment.

We don’t have the language to reflect the diversity and breadth of connections we experience. Photo: Getty
Isn’t it time we admitted we’re all a bit polyamorous?
By Rosie Wilby - 30 July 11:06

Monogamy is rare, no matter what we might tell ourselves. We need a new currency of commitment.

Uber is now integrated into Google Maps and the New York Subway
By Jonn Elledge - 28 July 13:17

It's easier than ever to experience surge pricing.

A lesbian couple at Tokyo Pride. Photo: Getty
Lesbian by choice: Eleanor Margolis reviews Julie Bindel's Straight Expectations
By Eleanor Margolis - 25 July 12:43

What Does It Mean to Be Gay Today? asks Julie Bindel in the subtitle of her new book. For me, it means enduring endless dull and pukey nights out on the scene, says Eleanor Margolis.

Animal rescue: but in this case it was dog that saved master, says John Dolan. Photo: Marcus Peel
How one man escaped homelessness through drawing – and his bull terrier muse
By Sophie McBain - 24 July 13:50

John Dolan spent almost two decades in the “revolving door” between homelessness and prison. That changed when he adopted George in 2009. 

Heatwave: but part of the East Anglian coast contains some of England's poorest-performing schools: Photo: Getty
Ukip does well in areas with failing schools
By Tim Wigmore - 24 July 13:00

Great Yarmouth, Norwich and Waveney all fall in the area of East Anglia where Ukip recorded its best results in local elections. They also contain some of the country’s worst schools.

Generation Ritalin: between 10 and 30% of students are estimated to have taken ADHD medication. Photo Getty
Revising on Ritalin: the students who use ADHD meds
By Ajit Niranjan - 24 July 13:00

Between 10 and 30 per cent of British university students have taken pills such as Modafinil and Ritalin to improve their memory and heighten their concentration.

Australia's Michael Rogers celebrates before crossing the finish line at the end of the sixteenth stage of the Tour de France, July 22, 2014. Photo: AFP/ Eric Feferberg/Getty
Explained: how to win a Tour de France sprint
By Bryce Dyer - 22 July 17:11

The Tour de France reaches a climax this weekend as the cyclists head towards the Champs-Élysées final stage. Here's the theories, tactics and sprints behind the race to the finishing line. 

Fluoro feet: Ghanaian players sport colourful boots during a World Cup training session, 18 June. Photo: Getty
Bright boots, shaving foam, dodgy slogans and nice teeth . . . What a World Cup that was
By Hunter Davies - 18 July 13:00

For about ten years, the back pages of football magazines have featured coloured boots. I thought they would never catch on – but blow me, they’re everywhere now!

Latest squeeze: James Fearnley of The Pogues performs in New York, March 2011. Photo: Getty
How my literary life became an ever-lengthening index of people to avoid
By Nicholas Lezard - 18 July 12:30

With the editors to avoid and the editors to endure, book publishers’ parties can be a minefield – thank heavens for the Pogues’ accordionist...

Greta Gerwig and Mickey Sumner in Frances Ha.
Grown women don’t need to have a “best friend”
By Alice Robb - 11 July 9:40

If “best friendship” is on the rise, what does it mean?

 Bottles of antibiotics line a shelf at a Publix Supermarket pharmacy August 7, 2007 in Miami, Florida. Photo: Getty Images
What next, when the drugs won’t work?
By Zac Goldsmith - 08 July 17:06

The government has made progress on the urgent crisis of antimicrobial resistance, but sustained public pressure is still needed, says Zac Goldsmith.

Rising cities.
If you want to go to university, you’re better off poor in London than rich anywhere else
By Haf Davies - 07 July 13:00

Reports show that London schools are outperforming the rest of the country. And it’s not just London - the “city effect” is improving results in Birmingham and Manchester too.

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