Booze run: shoppers making the most of whisky and gin price cuts at a London off-licence, 1965. Photo: Getty
Nicholas Lezard: It’s one thing to have a reputation, another to have one that’s so undeserved
By Nicholas Lezard - 21 October 10:31

All over London, men who should know better are going on the lash and then claiming that they’d been with me, simply in order to remove all notions of their own agency or responsibility.

Sorry shouldn't just be a passive-aggressive tool for getting more space on the Tube. Photo: Getty
A mere apology isn’t good enough any more – we need Sorry Plus™
By Eleanor Margolis - 17 October 17:19

For too long, saying sorry has just been a get out of jail free card for people who burp opinions that would make Katie Hopkins blush. It’s time we meant it.

Man of the old school: United manager Louis van Gaal (second from right) with his briefcase/note pad. Photo: Getty
Football, home to the lost art of handwriting. And other silly rituals
By Hunter Davies - 17 October 16:22

Hunter Davies’s weekly column, The Fan. 

Curious and curiouser: Fela Kuti on stage at Glastonbury in 1984. Photo: master_xpo/Flickr
For years, I wondered what Fela Kuti had really done to that man on stage
By Suzanne Moore - 17 October 15:39

Suzanne Moore’s weekly column, Telling Tales. 

Fratton Park, the home ground of Portsmouth FC, the largest fan-owned football club in England. Photo: Getty Images
Supporters Direct welcomes Labour's plans to put fans on football club boards
By Martin Cloake - 17 October 10:58

Football supporters will be given the right to appoint and remove up to a quarter of a football club’s board of directors under new proposals from the Labour Party. Fans will also be given the right to buy up to 10 per cent of a club’s shares on offer during a change of ownership. We assess the proposals and get the views of Supporters Direct chief executive Robin Osterley.

A visitor takes a picture as he visits an exhibition on the Kama Sutra in Paris. Photo: Getty
The Gimp Man of Essex: taking kink into the community
By Margaret Corvid - 16 October 16:25

A man in Essex has found an unusual way of raising money for charity, while at the same time encouraging more open attitudes about kink.

An XXL size tag on a coat hanger. Photo: Getty
Why all new legislation should face an obesity test
By Julia Manning - 16 October 12:10

Obesity is not a future theoretical threat, it is a present catastrophe.

Image problem: gay or straight, we are all actors. Image by Pacifico Silano, 'Male Fantasy' series
Damian Barr: Why do so many gay men hate camp men?
By Damian Barr - 16 October 10:00

Masc only”, “Str8 acting”, “Not into camp”. Strain your thumbs swiping Grindr and you’ll see a depressing amount of this prejudice. You’d think that, having been oppressed, we’d be more enlightened.

Dog day afternoon: the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup polo final at Cowdray Park, West Sussex. Photo: Jocelyn Bain Hogg/VII
Watching the Englishman: Kate Fox on the peculiar rituals of the privileged
By Kate Fox - 16 October 10:00

England’s upper-middle class pretend that class no longer matters. But try to infiltrate the tribe and you’ll see how strict the rules are, says anthropologist Kate Fox. 

Frontier town: Quito, Ecuador, seen shortly after a small earthquake, August 2014. Photo: Getty
Alone in the border town, I got a bit too nifty with the Spanish phrasebook
By Suzanne Moore - 14 October 16:42

Suzanne Moore’s weekly column, Telling Tales. 

Alain de Botton: The terrible poignancy of the thinning pate
By Alain de Botton - 13 October 10:00

Baldness has been spun as synonymous with exaggerated potency, but the bald know that, far from having the vigour of a skinhead, most of them look like nothing so much as a fragile librarian.

Imagine a hat made out of lemons. Photo: Getty
Life has given Generation Y lemons, and yet somehow we make hats
By Eleanor Margolis - 10 October 12:20

Bret Easton Ellis has termed Generation Y “Generation Wuss”. What’s wrong with being a wuss?

Pocket rocket: Santi Cazorla of Arsenal. Photo: Getty
Does size matter? And where have all the Arsenal six-footers gone?
By Hunter Davies - 09 October 13:45

Hunter Davies’s The Fan column. 

Checking up baby: a doctor cares for a baby in a Paris hospital, 2013. Photo: Getty
The baby only had chickenpox. But then she suddenly stopped breathing
By Phil Whitaker - 09 October 10:00

Dr Phil Whitaker’s Health Matters column. 

Mother and child: Catherine Atkinson, Labour PPC for the Erewash speaks at the Labour Party Conference, 24 September. Photo: Getty
How do we get questions of care up the political agenda, when carers are too knackered to complain?
By Helen Lewis - 07 October 16:00

The toll exerted by caring – and how little a capitalist society values such a vital activity – should be one of the key issues for feminism. 

His atheism is its own kind of narrow religion.
The closed mind of Richard Dawkins
By John Gray - 04 October 16:01

His atheism is its own kind of narrow religion.

The Etihad Stadium. Photo: Getty
I’m sorry – there’s no beating the view from the Platinum Box
By Hunter Davies - 02 October 9:07

There is still part of me that hates all this hospitality stuff which every Premiership club now offers.

There isn't just one kind of love in the world. Photo: Getty
Will Self: Why love is a many-splendored thing
By Will Self - 02 October 8:26

The dog-bound hordes on the road to Cheshire got me thinking about this thing called love.

David Cameron carves up the UK. Photo: Getty
My marriage has become a kind of devo max and our children are the Forties oilfield. Stay with me
By Nicholas Lezard - 02 October 8:09

We’re formally under a union but technically going about our very different lives.

Job seekers.
“Innocent, gullible, and blinded by illusions”: Honoré de Balzac on the misery of interns in 1841
By Philip Maughan - 29 September 11:20

“There are two types of interns: poor ones and rich ones. The poor intern has pockets full of hope and needs a permanent position; the rich intern is unmotivated and wants for nothing.”

City that never sleeps: New York's Time Square in 1980. Photo: Getty
Suzanne Moore: Strawberry cheesecake, sex motels and the blonde with a heart of darkness
By Suzanne Moore - 26 September 15:22

In the first instalment of her new column for the New Statesman, Suzanne Moore recalls wild times with a dangerously alluring friend in early-1980s New York.

On the road: traffic on a main route into London near Canary Wharf. Photo: Getty
Tracey Thorn: Driving made me a nervous wreck – now I walk everywhere
By Tracey Thorn - 25 September 17:30

Luckily the accident wasn’t fatal, or even injurious, but it was final, an absolute bitter end. When I got home I put my car keys in the fruit bowl to make clear I would never be needing them again.

Casualty of war: a Free Syria Army fighter is treated for minor injuries in 2012. Photo: Getty
The refugee was slowly being killed by his own scar tissue
By Phil Whitaker - 25 September 10:00

Dr Phil Whitaker’s Health Matters column.

Exciting match: Scotland's Ikechi Anya (foreground) in the UEFA qualifying match against Germany. Photo: Getty
If Scotland votes Yes it’ll make no difference to football
By Hunter Davies - 25 September 10:00

Hunter Davies’s The Fan column. 

A delight to watch: Mooen Ali on the first day of the fifth Test match between England and India on 15 August. Photo: Getty
Bigotry is bigotry – shame on those who booed Moeen Ali at Edgbaston
By Ed Smith - 25 September 10:00

Why was there such deep reluctance to state what was obviously the case – that Ali, a British Asian, was booed by other British Asians?

Group hug: people embrace during a Cuddle Workshop in London. Photo: Getty
Cuddle workshops: the latest solution to loneliness
By Sophie McBain - 18 September 10:00

Could it be that, in a digital age, people are left missing physical touch? Sophie McBain goes under-cuddle to find out.

Soho’s characters have gone – what now? Photo: Getty
This week I am trying to get inside the head of a young woman who’s new to London
By Nicholas Lezard - 18 September 9:01

Learning that someone is new to the city you live in calls for reassessments of it; or even assessments.

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