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.

Constant headaches often have a more prosaic basis than feared. Photo: Flickr/Sarah G
The woman was suffering from headaches and fearing the worst. Then I weighed her
By Phil Whitaker - 15 September 10:42

Dr Phil Whitaker’s Health Matters column. 

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