His and hers mugs sit on the side of a swimming pool. Photo: cart_wheels on Flicker, via Creative Commons
Screw the fairy tale, it’s time to rethink monogamy
By Helen Croydon - 24 April 15:10

The current model of lifelong, cohabiting monogamous partnership has never been such an outdated ideal.

Two children sitting at workstations in 1963. Photo: Getty
Why do our offices make us so miserable?
By Juliet Lapidos - 23 April 13:50

The unhappy history of the workplace.

Holy trinity: English triplet babies are held by their grandmother, vicar and mother following their christening, 1942. Photo: Getty
The World’s Toughest Job may or may not be being a mother
By Amy Hawkins - 23 April 11:04

Being a mother is hard – but we don’t need a greetings card company to tell us that.

David Moyes during a League Cup match with Sunderland. Photo: Getty
David Moyes, Manchester United, and the nightmare dream job
By Phil Hartup - 22 April 16:40

Of all the managers who have been sacked this season in the premier league, David Moyes can have perhaps the fewest complaints.

Some of the midwives and patients from the fifth series of One Born Every Minute. Photo: Phil Fisk
One Born Every Minute is the opium of the masses
By Myriam Francois-Cerrah - 22 April 15:25

Like millions of others, I love Channel 4’s maternity documentary. But it is feeding us an overly rosy view of an NHS suffering from staff shortages and cutbacks.

Can you move down a bit, please? Commuters on a packed London Tube train. Photo: Getty
Standing packed together on trains but studiously ignoring each other is nothing new
By Will Self - 22 April 12:31

A complex repertoire of psychosocial behaviours has been built up over the past two centuries in order for it to be possible.

No go zone: the wife of cartoonist Barry Appleby washes a teapot in her kitchen, 1952. Photo: Getty
I’m living with a house-proud northern woman who has just uncovered the kitchen
By Nicholas Lezard - 22 April 11:56

But if, like me, you are miserably fussy about your tea, then you will know that you never clean the inside of a teapot.

Seeing red: a plane towing a banner flies over Old Trafford. The former Man United manager was sacked on 22 April. Photo: Getty
“Wrong One – Moyes Out” read the plane’s banner
By Hunter Davies - 22 April 10:59

Football fans have always had a keen sense of the ridiculous. 

Vintage cereal boxes: breakfast cereals have been especially implicated in childhood obesity. Photo: Getty
How the lessons of the long war on tobacco can help us shape up on our new front line: obesity
By Phil Whitaker - 17 April 17:00

The NHS is gradually waking up to the need to provide structured support to people keen to lose weight, just like smoking cessation services.

Image: Bridgeman Art Library
Brace yourself for seven days of Super Tuscans
By Nina Caplan - 17 April 16:07

An enoteca in Spitalfields, east London, will be selling a different Tuscan red by the glass each day, with dishes to match.

It was supposed to be my sanctuary: two women get into a British-made taxi in New York, 1960. Photo: Getty
“You’re a lesbian, then?” asks the cabbie. I’m not in the mood
By Eleanor Margolis - 17 April 16:04

This is supposed to be my tiny bit of luxury, a protective bubble sparing me, this once, the stultifying, sexist harassment of traversing London in the wee hours. 

Four young people walking along arm in arm at Thorpe Bay in Essex in 1934. Photo: Getty
Despite the best efforts of Cameron’s Britain, being in your twenties is actually great
By Rhiannon and Holly - 17 April 10:56

Yes, we’re facing a housing crisis and mass unemployment, but your twenties can still be the time of your life.

Shell skills: a Costa Rican chef cracks eggs for an omelette. Photo: Getty
The trick in life is knowing when to care and when to be careless
By Ed Smith - 17 April 10:00

When I’m making poached eggs, I crack the shells cautiously but this makes me more likely to mess up.

Pro-life protesters in Washington, DC.
Pro-life organisations are sneaking in to the lives of vulnerable women
By Amy Hawkins - 16 April 13:53

Women with unwanted pregnancies need support, not biased misinformation.

If you're a woman who wants to run a bit, a red setter is an essential accessory. Photo: Getty
How to run (if you're a woman)
By Flora Cramp - 16 April 12:08

According to Runner's World, a woman needs some pink trainers and a dog if she is to stay safe while jogging.

The London skyline from Hampstead Heath
Young creatives continue to flock to the capital, despite all the reasons not to
By Amy Hawkins - 16 April 10:12

An enduring feeling of “cool” and a certain pack mentality mean that London is still the place to be for young and broke twenty-somethings.

Teenagers at an Alicia Keys concert wave their phones in the air. Photo:Getty
Stop worrying: teenagers are not internet-addled cyborgs with overdeveloped thumbs
By Helen Lewis - 15 April 9:15

. . .  in fact, they are probably better at navigating a world of smartphones and social networks than we crusties aged 20 and over.

Peaches Geldof's death caused ripples on social media. Photo: Getty
Selfies at funerals and memorial hashtags: mourning in the digital age
By Laurie Penny - 14 April 16:20

There is nothing we can do to make normal or “appropriate” the death of a dear friend, or a beloved public figure.

A partial lunar eclipse over a church in Damascus, Syria. Photo: Getty
Are Christians really the world’s most persecuted religious group?
By Nelson Jones - 10 April 16:27

David Cameron says Christians around the world suffer the most persecution for their religion. Is he right?

You don't have to pretend to be needed to be happy. Photo: Getty
Why are we still telling women that they need a man?
By Glosswitch - 10 April 11:38

If you think women don’t objectify men, you are wrong. We don’t reduce them to a few choice body parts, but we make them bit-players in our narcissistic life plans.

A still from the new Veet advert.
Veet’s “Don’t risk dudeness” ads are a sexist attempt to shame women for their bodies
By Rhiannon and Holly - 09 April 11:57

In the new ad, a woman who hasn’t shaved for 24 hours is transformed into a hairy bloke who struggles to perform everyday tasks. When are advertisers going to stop trying to sell products by inventing ways for women to be ashamed of their bodies?

David Beckham. Photo: Getty
The Fan: what happened to David Beckham's silly voice?
By Hunter Davies - 08 April 11:21

For years, his teammates and the whole world mocked his silly, high-pitched voice, suggesting he was a bit simple, making endless jokes about his stupidity. Now, he sounds clear and low and serious.

Stock figure: during Elizabeth I’s reign nearly 200 English Catholics were executed. Image: Stapleton Collection/Bridgeman
Gloriana’s underbelly: the terror of life as a Catholic in Elizabethan England
By Anna Whitelock - 08 April 9:51

Jessie Childs's God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England is a detailed and absorbing account of the difficulties of being Catholic in England in the 17th century.

They say, “Better on your arse than on your feet” – but living a life of leisure is hard work
By Nicholas Lezard - 08 April 8:24

I don’t want to be completely idle but just as William of Ockham advised us not to multiply variables, I do not want to add unnecessarily to my burdens.

The statue of Bill Shankly outside Anfield stadium. Photo: Getty
How the Liverpool Supporters’ Union proved it’s possible to change football for the better
By Martin Cloake - 07 April 15:08

The work of the Liverpool Supporters’ Union, known as Spirit of Shankly, is a much-needed good news story in modern football.

Brighton beach. Photo: Getty
Squeezed Middle: It's time to move on from London
By Alice O'Keeffe - 04 April 18:23

“The idea is that we won’t have to move again. Not for a long time.”

Passing out ceremony: an Irish guard faints on St Patrick’s Day Parade, Aldershot 2012. Photo: Getty
I thought the man had only passed out until he mentioned the severe stomach pain
By Phil Whitaker - 04 April 12:00

Sometimes things are not as they first seem, recalls Dr Phil Whitaker about the time when a simple faint turned out to be an aneurysm. 

This show is arguably the worst thing that the BBC airs.
Is the BBC’s “The Big Questions” the worst thing on television?
By Willard Foxton - 04 April 11:09

It’s one of the broadcaster’s flagship religious programmes, yet it makes religious people look unfairly crazy.

A sex shop in the Pigalle in Paris. Is it time to be more open and honest about sexual urges? (Photo: Getty)
Lust and public policy
By Alexander Stevenson - 03 April 18:05

Misdirected lust costs billions and creates misery for millions. It is time for policy makers to take it seriously.

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