A police officer outside Fifa's Brazilian headquarters. Photo: Getty Images
Fifa thrown into turmoil as seven officials arrested
By New Statesman - 27 May 21:15

Football's governing body has been thrown into chaos by two anti-corruption inquiries.

A doctor in scrubs walks through an NHS hospital. Photo: Getty
Health anxiety – the silent epidemic ignored by the NHS
By Peter Tyrer - 27 May 15:33

A doctor gives his perspective on our most overlooked widespread medical condition: anxiety about our health.

Alone, not lonely: in her book, Kate Bolick explores the life choices of women who decide to be single. Photo: Willy Somma
The new spinster: Kate Bolick proves there's no need to pity unmarried women
By Alice Robb - 25 May 11:18

With record numbers of us choosing to stay single, Bolick's new book explores what it means for a woman to build a rich life alone.

The award for worst sox goes to Villa's Jack Grealish (R). Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images
Worst sox, duelling aeroplanes and the pull of the affluent south: it’s the year in football again
By Hunter Davies - 21 May 11:14

Next season, I hope for the return of gigantic sideboards, like what George Best and Malcolm Macdonald used to have.

BBC4’s “canal trip” nearly doubled the channel’s viewership. Photo: BBC
You loved the BBC’s “phantom ride” up a canal. So join me on a phantom walk . . . down an alley
By Will Self - 21 May 10:12

Our licence fees pay – in part – for two hours of lackadaisical nostalgia and lazy nature-gawping. 

Tea, builders. Photo: Factorylad/Wikipedia
You’ve had a week to get over the election. So can someone please come round and make me a cup of tea?
By Nicholas Lezard - 21 May 8:49

There comes a point when the shit piles so high on top of you that there’s no point in even trying to struggle.

In bloom: the golden flowers of a forsythia bush. Photo: Cyrus McCrimmon
To every place there is a season – or several
By John Burnside - 20 May 10:01

From the glorious July that I once spent deep in the Arctic Circle to the treacherous climate of central California.

Why women are becoming the key ingredient in making and marketing wine
By Frances Robinson - 18 May 13:21

What does the success of the Féminalise Wine Competition tell us about wine and women?

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Complaints from patients are on the rise. It’s a shock when you get one yourself
By Phil Whitaker - 15 May 15:11

How it feels for a doctor to receive a complaint from a patient.

A winemaker works the grapes during the harvest iin Val D'Orcia. Photo: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images
Don't worry: a lot of thought goes into the bottom of the wine list
By Nina Caplan - 15 May 14:03

People intimidated by wine think that connoisseurs look down on them but it isn’t true – house wine is there to help.

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Often when I’m home alone, only the thought of how my dead body might be found helps me act proper
By Nicholas Lezard - 15 May 13:51

I thought of this while going to the local deli to buy a carrot and a couple of onions.

Ed Miliband, late of the Labour leadership. Photo: Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool /Getty Images
The reason I liked Ed was the same reason that everyone else thought he was useless
By Suzanne Moore - 14 May 15:52

He talked openly and knowledgeably until Peter Hitchens got on to him about cod.

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Modern life is a miracle. If you don’t believe me, read this book
By Tracey Thorn - 14 May 15:49

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel prompts a heart-rending nostalgia for what is in fact our living present.

A football memorabilia shop in Newcastle. Photo: Ian Horrocks/Getty Images
Damn and blast – my epic football collection is going down in value
By Hunter Davies - 14 May 13:05

Fans have no money left for books and they can look it up online, anyway.

Illustration: Jackson Rees
Marathons are about solidarity, pain and reclaiming our body – and they’re truly pointless to boot
By Will Self - 12 May 15:22

I’m not agin’ marathon-running, but I do slightly wonder what it’s all about.

Ed Miliband, with crown. Photo: Getty/New Statesman composite
Election 2015 Style: Flower Power Ed uses his head
By Justine Picardie - 07 May 10:36

The most successful manifestations of style and fashion may be defined not by conformity, but by otherness, writes Harper's Bazaar editor Justine Picardie.

A statue of Sir Viv Richards outside the Antigua ground which bears his name. Photo: Gareth Copley/Getty Images
Could West Indies cricket, once so fearsome, soon be closed for business?
By Ed Smith - 04 May 11:24

It is a magical story, that a tiny archipelago came to dominate a world sport - but now the West Indies board owes £27m.

David Cameron and Gary Lineker. Photo: Andrew Parsons/Conservative Party via Getty Images
Are you a footie follower or a fan? Take this quiz to find out
By Hunter Davies - 04 May 11:17

Pencils at the ready - Hunter Davies has prepared a simple test to split the fakers from the true fans.

Illustration by Jackson Rees.
Pot Noodle: Nietzsche’s snack of choice and the food of both man and superman
By Will Self - 04 May 11:01

I know the concept of this column is that I eat the sort of stuff that we all eat and comment on it, but there are limits.

The poster. Photo: Protein World via Facebook.
The inspiring young feminists who took back the beach from Protein World
By Stephanie Boland - 03 May 10:39

The women proving that to have a "beach body", you just need to take your body to the beach.

Vinyl for sale at a record fair. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
In music today, it’s all or nothing – rich at the top or languishing forlornly at the bottom
By Tracey Thorn - 30 April 13:59

Would I want my children to go into music? I do have to wonder, just as my parents wondered.

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At dinner with Iain Duncan Smith, even the fine wine couldn’t wash away the taste in my mouth
By Suzanne Moore - 30 April 13:45

One of the best Tory party conferences I went to was the one where they didn't let me in. But it wasn't enough to protect me from the nausea and despair of Iain Duncan Smith's company.

Anthony Wilkerson rushes during a Stanford v Arizona State game. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images Sport
The socialist principles at the heart of American Football
By Joe Ware - 30 April 13:20

Can we learn something about redistribituion and fairness from the land of corporate Darwinism?

Illustration by Jackson Rees.
Orkney – where the coastguard run amok in the cathedral and the Stinking Rich are reburied outside
By Will Self - 30 April 12:26

I’d had to remain on the “sun deck” because the dog wasn’t allowed in any of the cabins, and if we leave him alone in the car he hotwires it and attempts to drive away.

Bird of distinction: buzzards are back to their old range and no longer just features of the western landscape. Photo: NIALL BENVIE / CORBIS
Once upon a time in the West Country: Richard Mabey on the changing patterns of wilderness
By Richard Mabey - 30 April 12:25

For a few days every year in the Fal Estuary, primoses flower underwater. But that's not the only spectacular sight in the South West. 

A dose of a vaccine for whooping cough. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
The 100-day cough is back in town – and we still don’t know how to cure it
By Phil Whitaker - 30 April 12:00

After dying down over the past fifteen years, whooping cough is showing up in infants again.

A woman stands behind the Swedish flag. Photo: Martin Rose/Getty Images
We lefties all know that Tesco is evil and Sainsbury’s isn’t. On my way there, I meet a man from Sweden
By Nicholas Lezard - 30 April 11:58

“Sorry about all the mean things I have said about Sweden,” I say.

Runners in the 2015 London marathon. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
The not-so-lonely long distance runner: how one marathon man brought camaraderie to London
By Xan Rice - 30 April 11:54

The extraordinary support is one of the main reasons why people aspire to run the London Marathon. Where else will you have strangers scream your name as though you were famous?

Brie, a French gastronomic specialty. Photo: Cate Gillon/Getty Images
French-bashing, my phantom chat with Nicola Sturgeon... and remembering Gallipoli
By Sylvie Bermann - 28 April 9:36

French ambassador Sylvia Bermann gives the final word on Sturgeon's alleged support of the Tories.

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