The NHS logo displayed on a hospital wall. Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images
Iain Dale: the NHS is letting England down – and letting patients die
By Iain Dale - 26 February 14:15

Hundreds of man hours lost to the economy, and a severe failure when it comes to cancer patients. It's time for NHS reform.

The Beatles. Photo: Getty Images
Hunter Davies on reading his own obituary – and writing John Lennon's
By Hunter Davies - 26 February 11:39

Begad, he revives! I came home and asked my wife if she realised she had been a widow since 1980.

A girl reads atop a stack of books. Photo: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images
“She blinded me with library science”: why the Feminist Library is more vital than ever
By Stephanie Boland - 26 February 11:10

Despite scant funding and resources, London’s Feminist Library is turning their 40th year into a celebration of storytelling, history – and, hopefully, sofas.

The kids will be alright. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Raising hell: what do we mean by family values in the twenty-first century?
By Melissa Benn - 26 February 10:54

Harry Brighouse and Adam Swift's Family Values: the Ethics of Parent-Child Relationships, and Tanith Carey's Taming the Tiger Parent.

City's Frank Lampard. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
Hello, Hurray: why we need an old Etonian on every team in the Premier League
By Hunter Davies - 26 February 10:38

Scarcely 2 per cent of our top players are privately educated: yet a whopping 7 per cent of the nation’s children go to private schools. So unfair. Something has to be done.

Bundles of rare delight: the flavours of dim sum in Shanghai are unlike anything you’ll discover at your local. Photo: ROB HOWARD/CORBIS
Snow fungus and braised frog: in search of real Chinese food
By Felicity Cloake - 26 February 10:22

If you know where to look, you can get a long way from virulent orange sauce and “chips, not rice”.

James Stewart and Donna Reed in “It's A Wonderful Life” (1946). Photo: Roland Grant Archive
Heaven is a place on earth: popular culture has more to say about the afterlife than religion
By John Gray - 25 February 10:32

John Gray reviews Greg Garrett’s Entertaining Judgement: the Afterlife in Popular Imagination.

A man walks past a polling station in Dublin. Photo: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty
Why are fringe groups allowed the same air-time as LGBT activists in the run-up to Ireland’s marriage equality referendum?
By Paulie Doyle - 23 February 17:07

Under Irish broadcasting law, broadcasters cannot support marriage equality unopposed.

How do you explain something you don’t really understand yourself? Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
How do we talk about mental illness to children?
By Glosswitch - 23 February 15:16

Children can often be cruel, but they can also be the most receptive to breaking down barriers.

Cases of abuse have cast a shadow over the care industry. Photo: John Moore
“We’re almost sneered at by society”: a care worker on her stigmatised profession
By Ashley Cowburn - 23 February 13:18

Steve Doran has worked at a care home in Dartford for four years, but she believes that a concentration on abuse cases has blighted the reputation of her industry.

Chelsea football fans packed onto a Paris Metro train, where the racist incident occured. Photo: AFP/Guardian News & Media Ltd/Getty Images
All football fans – not just Chelsea supporters – need to show intolerance to intolerance
By Tomo Taka - 19 February 14:49

The racist behaviour of a tiny minority of fans should not poison the spirit of a club that has always attracted loyalty from all over the world.

Sheep. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
In which I have a bout of pneumonia and a ménage à trois – and make my debut as a basketball reporter
By Nicholas Lezard - 19 February 12:46

"I am delighted until I see that the paper has spelled my name, at the end of the column, 'Nicholas Zloozman'."

Internally displaced Afghan children play cricket in a refugee camp. Photo: SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images
Afghanistan at the World Cup
By Tim Wigmore - 19 February 12:23

"Appreciation for Afghanistan’s cricketing achievements is perhaps the only thing that links the government with Taliban forces."

Contemporary omphalos? Dubai airport. Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Will Self: The night I was trapped in Dubai Airport
By Will Self - 19 February 12:21

The homogonisisng impulse of McDonald's leads to epiphany.

Novak Djokovic at the Australian open. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images
How Novak Djokovic can make you a better friend, colleague and spouse
By Ed Smith - 19 February 11:17

Self-improvement isn’t about making our best better – but about making our worst less bad.

Sky Sports Premier League coverage. Photo: Ben Radford - Sky Sports/Getty Images
I never thought it was possible to have too much football
By Hunter Davies - 19 February 11:16

Eleven hours of the beautiful game on one day: is it enough?

A dermatologist checks for skin cancer. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Worried about your moles? GPs are here to help – except they’re not allowed
By Phil Whitaker - 19 February 11:10

A deluge of mole-owners have put pressure on health services.

God’s houses: arboretums recall the architectural grandeur of churches. Photo: Mike Vardy/Science Photo Library
Botanical gardens are the cathedrals of our times
By John Burnside - 18 February 10:20

In the bleak midwinter, there are few walks more energising.

An exhibition of condoms in Shanghai. Photo: China Photos/Getty Images
Why we urgently need compulsory sex education
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 17 February 17:03

By failing to make proper sex and relationships education statutory, the government is failing to protect children from bullying, exploitation, and abuse.

Ed Miliband. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images
Ed on ed: what would a Miliband government do for education?
By Melissa Benn - 16 February 13:32

The time seems to be right for the Labour leader to lay the foundations of a new, more confident, education policy for his party.

Trying to conceive can take over your life. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Trying to get pregnant is hard enough without being told not to drink
By Glosswitch - 16 February 11:26

New guidelines from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists advising women who are trying to conceive not to drink any alcohol at all just load more stress on to an already fraught time.

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I was 13 when my English teacher asked me to go camping. I thought it was because he loved my poetry
By Suzanne Moore - 13 February 11:20

Mr Greenaway pursued me and another girl in the class and I felt almost literary. Then my mum went and ruined everything.

A woman waits in the rain. Photo: Getty
Women should never have to lie about being “taken” to stop men from harassing them
By Eleanor Margolis - 12 February 15:19

Any woman who’s ever made her way home, alone, from a night out will know that feeling of dread that comes from unwelcome conversation.

A worker installs a flag advertising the cup. Photo: A worker installs a flag for the cup. Photo: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images
Letter from Equatorial Guinea: forget human rights – here comes the football
By Jonathan Wilson - 12 February 11:09

When Morocco withdrew from hosting the African Cup of Nations, citing Ebola fears, Equatorial Guinea stepped in. But at what cost?

The squeezed earth. Illustration: Jackson Rees
Will Self: We like to feel cosy in our happy little tribes – but it’s a big world, after all
By Will Self - 12 February 10:54

In my visual field alone there must have been 5,000 people suffering.

A glass of wine in Savoie. Photo: William Craig Moyes
The grapes of sloth: Nina Caplan relaxes in Savoie's vineyards
By Nina Caplan - 12 February 10:52

Buckets, bobsleds and a battery-powered bike.

English footballer Gary Lineker of Leicester City FC, circa 1980. Photo: Simon Miles/Getty Images
In ye olden days, retired footballers set up market stalls – or sold toilet rolls
By Hunter Davies - 12 February 10:19

I can think of only two players in my lifetime – who played long before the birth of the Prem – who did manage to make real money after their playing days.

Duran Duran's Girls on Film.
Who’d have thought I’d learn the meaning of life from an Avaaz petition?
By Nicholas Lezard - 12 February 10:12

Englightenment via Avaaz, Duran Duran and Bananarama.