The issues around maternity care are a microcosm of the bigger battles in the NHS – centralisation, protocols and “efficiency savings” v making a space for common sense, professional judgement and personal relationships.
“One rerun – it was one rerun of Friends! You can’t prove I’m thinking about it all the time!”
He was doing something I’d never seen before in Kentish Town Baths, and I’ve been going for over 40 years.
Wrong-to-buy, socialist Monopoly - and a rather strange cricketing romance.
What kind of person, I wonder, steals a bottle of perfume from an incapacitated elderly lady?
Mark Boyle started to rely entirely on gifts and bartering in 2008 - cooking on an outdoor stove, washing his clothes in soapwort, and using the Daily Mail as loo paper. He tells Lily Cole why he loved it.
An overheard conversation in a bar prompted four friends to start their own anti-rape campaign. Now, they're asking women everywhere to join in and declare that their clothing doesn't mean consent.
The bistro chip, with its author or workmanlike authenticity, casts a spell of happy, socialist reverie - and autosarcophagy ensues.
A history of sexual assault prevented Martha from seeking an examination from a gynaecologist.
Julian Baggini thinks that eating well is one of the most important ways we live our values. But would he ask a dinner host where she got her chicken?
Instead of playing to win, politicians are seeking not to lose.
The more we acknowledge that it hurts when someone is cruel about your appearance, the closer we might get to being kinder.
It's great being a Lib Dem - you don't have to believe in anything. For a brief moment in 1996, I thought I'd found my people.
In a way, football is democratic - your looks don't matter as much as your ability. So why is such a huge part of loving it hating the players?
“Lord, does it hurt?” a disciple asks the agonised Christ on the cross. “Only when I laugh,” He replies.
The research into the so-called “nonce gene” disintegrates under any kind scrutiny at all. Why do we want to believe in it?
Decades after the first Reclaim the Night march, we are still wondering: why is it always women who are told they have to modify their behaviour in order to stay safe?
While the landscapes of Thoreau and Watkins have been preserved by their art, John Burnside finds the wilderness that once covered America neutralised.
These streets won’t appear on chocolate boxes - so soon they won't appear at all.
Discrimination under the banner of “freedom” is on the rise again.
An Easter Notebook.
Champion of Europe? Not these days. Hunter Davies explains some of the reasons England aren't quite the footballing force they once were.
At a time when career politicians are held in such contempt, Pope Francis is offering a masterclass in leadership.
Universities should be havens of free speech. After all: where else can you find out what the Other Buggers Are Thinking?
The first toilet I got to was of the robotic variety, and the automatic door was broken – confirming all my unease – but the second was of the traditional type, so I shuffled happily inside.
A few years ago, I argued against the idea that porn was hijacking our sexuality. Now, as a women's centre tries to ban my opponent, I wonder - are they scared that if people listen to Gail Dines, their minds might be changed too?
Nancy Tucker’s eating disorder memoir, The Time In Between, tackles this problem head-on.
Smoking for David? It could only be Hockney. Smoker extraordinaire, and not a bad painter either.
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.