Bette Davis, smoking. Photo: STF/AFP/Getty Images
I only have the occasional fag and I don’t long for nicotine – it’s the society of smoking that I crave
By Suzanne Moore - 27 March 14:50

Smoking for David? It could only be Hockney. Smoker extraordinaire, and not a bad painter either.

Thicke as thieves? Photo: David Buchan/Getty Images
Tracey Thorn: Your songs are like your children – you have to wave them off into the world
By Tracey Thorn - 27 March 14:20

Copyright law encourages artists to feel they're in control of what they've made. But in reality, a song is a different thing once it leaves its creator.

Containers with donated milk at the human milk bank in Lima, Peru. Photo: Ernesto Benavides/AFP/Getty Images
Why you shouldn’t sell breast milk
By Glosswitch - 27 March 11:55

In many ways we have come full circle, returning to a time when women were seen not as human beings, but as objects available for sale or exchange. Only now we call it choice.

Edvard Munch's The Scream - a handy pose for your Mail reaction moments. Photo: Sotheby's
Shock news: contra to the headlines, people with depression have jobs
By Stephanie Boland - 27 March 10:16

With 1 in 4 people in Britain suffering a mental illness in any given year, it's obvious many of them hold down jobs and responsibilities. So why are the headlines today so insensitive and unhelpful?

Women urinating on the street in the small hours: the mark of a Britain in crisis, or the ultimate bonding experience?
By Eleanor Margolis - 27 March 10:09

Bond-forming though it may be, weeing in public is not ideal for women. And even Scandinavians haven't found the solution.

HMP Pentonville, London. Photo: Ian Waldie/Getty Images
Lessons learned far too late: Inside the prison system with the Conservative justice minister Andrew Selous
By Ashley Cowburn - 26 March 15:33

Following rumours of overcrowding and poor morale, Ashley Cowburn visits Onley Prison - and asks why the system is in such a state.

Dr Bernard. Photo:  TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
NHS scandals, markets in health care – and why a dog is often just as good as a doctor
By Phil Hammond - 26 March 15:29

"If you’re too depressed to put your pants on in the morning, they’ll lick your testicles. When did you have that much fun with a doctor?"

The crowd at Old Trafford. Photo:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Football is multicultural - but you wouldn’t know it looking at the crowd
By Hunter Davies - 26 March 10:35

"The fact that the majority of players in any Premiership game these days are foreign, and so many of them black, does not seem to have had an appreciable effect on the faces in the crowd."

The Portsmouth Sinfonia. Photo: Columbia
Our mob mentality is like a bad orchestra: we saw away at the same tunes and ignore the racket
By Will Self - 26 March 10:33

At the Heart of Darkness is an unthinking trust in institutions. How else do you explain the Portsmouth Sinfonia?

Another suitcase in another hall? Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
The new lodger moved in and out of the Hovel in a day. Who’d want to live with a middle-aged man?
By Nicholas Lezard - 26 March 10:25

Unlike others, we have no choice but to live with ourselves - still. A 27 hour residency seems a little brief.

A ceiling at the Church of Atotonilco, Mexico, featuring Christ and Judas. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Who was Judas: the man who was offered goodness and said “No”
By Rowan Williams - 26 March 10:23

Was Judas an evil man who chose to betray Christ of his own free will – or did God make him do it?

Drag is creative and subversive. Photo: Getty
The NUS bans drag as fancy dress - except it doesn't
By Helen Lewis - 25 March 10:25

The National Union of Students wants zero tolerance for students who cross-dress for "shock value". But cross-dressing is subversive and liberating - even when rugby players do it.

Mind games: a research volunteer is prepared for scanning
Mapping the psychedelic brain: how LSD is making a comeback
By Ian Steadman - 25 March 9:14

Can drugs help depression? Crowdfunding allows science researchers to bypass institutional reservations and study taboo subjects.

Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1988 film “Twins”.
There’s no magic to raising twins – I just had to find my own brand of baby care
By Tracey Thorn - 19 March 16:27

I get frustrated with people who want to dwell on the twin-ness of twins. And don’t get me started on the Sunday colour-supplement photo spreads of weird pairs in their weird matching outfits.

From moral guidance to national security: vitamins have always been used to sell food
By Catherine Price - 19 March 14:54

Often beyond the realms of common sense, vitamins have become the most effective sales tool in food marketing.

On the bus, eye contact can be fatal. Photo: Getty
Suzanne Moore: I’d been told that it was better to ask one person for help than to scream at random
By Suzanne Moore - 19 March 13:31

Altercations often happen on my bus. I stare into a phone just like everyone else.

Illustration by Jackson Rees.
In which I suspend belief in Branson while contemplating the Virgin snack box
By Will Self - 19 March 12:19

In this week's Real Meals, Will Self resists the parliamentarian-endorsed temptations of a mainline skeuomorph.

A patient in bed touches their stomach. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Researchers have a gut feeling - could chronic pain be caused by bacteria?
By Michael Brooks - 19 March 12:07

This month, researchers are gathering in Cambridge to try and work out why we hurt. Michael Brooks weighs up one suggestion.

Bread and wine. Photo: David Silverman/Getty Images
This week, I get thrown out of the oldest restaurant in London on account of my naughty language
By Nicholas Lezard - 19 March 12:01

There's some joy to be taken in the long lunch - as long as someone else is paying.

Peppers for sale at a market in Italy. Photo: Andreas Solara/AFP/Getty Images
So hot right now: the peppers that prove there's a perv in all of us
By Felicity Cloake - 19 March 11:54

My eyes and my nose streamed, it felt like someone had stuck a red hot poker through both of my ears and my heart was dancing a fast polka in my chest, but I also felt weirdly euphoric.

Beer being served in a pub. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Graham didn’t know what had hit him – he was fine when he left the pub
By Phil Whitaker - 19 March 11:50

In this week's Health Matters, a man finds he has been hurt on the way home - and Phil Whitaker suggests sometimes the best thing to do is move on.

Great Scot: Sir Alex lifts the Premier League trophy in 2013. Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Internship available: zero-hours non-contract, must supply own white gloves
By Hunter Davies - 19 March 11:21

Where have all the Scottish managers gone? This week, Hunter Davies seeks an intern to count them.

Ronnie's ex-pupil, Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry. Photo: Scott Gries/ImageDirect
One hundred years of Ronnie: at a centenary birthday party in Spennymoor, County Durham
By Ben Myers - 19 March 10:41

Swimming, war and teaching Bryan Ferry: as more of us see our centenary, one man shares his story.

Boycott Dolce & Gabbana? Since when did we look to fashion for any kind of moral integrity?
By Eleanor Margolis - 18 March 11:58

To those boycotting Dolce & Gabbana: are we really looking to an industry that uses child labour, torments women and ignores ethnic minorities to lead the fight for moral justice?

David Cameron and George Osborne pose for a selfie with an apprentice on a recent visit to the Spooner engineering works in Ilkley. Photo: Phil Noble/WPA Pool/Getty Images
Further education is an easy target for cuts because the chattering classes don’t care
By Hugo Plowden - 18 March 10:18

The cuts mean that many colleges now depend on exploiting their hardworking staff in order to function.

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbano with Naomi Campbell in 2010. Photo: Tullio M Puglia/Getty
Dolce and Gabbana’s comments on IVF highlight how often we ignore the surrogate mother
By Glosswitch - 17 March 16:05

Amid the outrage over the fashion designers’ comments about “synthetic children”, the role of the gestational mother has yet again been completely erased. She just makes the picture too messy.

By 2025, a million of us will have dementia – the next generation must face the future
By Ross Davies - 17 March 12:37

How will we create the UK's first dementia-friendly generation, and why do we need to?

Opium being harvested. Photo: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images
Suzanne Moore: As I munched on the opium, I pondered the benefits of a drugs-based economy
By Suzanne Moore - 13 March 13:43

Jean-Claude had certainly not been in love with me when I was conscious.

England have been a poor one-day side in cricket for years – now they're abject
By Ed Smith - 13 March 13:21

If this kind of performance is what you get after six months of dedicated planning, then less planning sounds good to me.

Poor Arsene Wenger. Photo: Ian Walton/Getty Images
The big decision for any manager is whether or not to scream and shout
By Hunter Davies - 12 March 13:28

"Wenger sat there silently, on the verge of a seizure."