A teacher writes on a whiteboard. Photo: Getty
Private education wins higher salaries for young graduates
By Claire Crawford and Anna Vignoles - 30 October 16:21

Three and a half years after finishing university, graduates who attended private schools earn an average of 7 per cent more per year than graduates who went to state school.

School's out: a summer camp in Wisconsin. Photo: Flickr/Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
I enjoyed working for the adult summer camp, but I drew the line at the shooting range
By Suzanne Moore - 30 October 16:13

Suzanne Moore’s weekly column, Telling Tales. 

Children wait to perform at a ceremony for the new French International School in Beijing, 19 October. Photo: Getty
Letter from Beijing: Inside the private schools educating China’s elite
By Zoe Alsop - 30 October 12:32

In recent years the number of private schools catering to Chinese nationals has grown rapidly. A Chinese-owned chain offering a Canadian curriculum dominates, with more than 30 schools across the country.

To the victor the spoils: Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer after the Wimbledon 2014 final. Photo: Getty
Sometimes, the best of sport can find eternal life
By Ed Smith - 30 October 9:00

Ed Smith’s Left Field column. 

Hospitality sweet: corporate boxes at Villa park football ground. Photo: Getty
Goodbye pies and fights: how football became the game of the middle classes
By Hunter Davies - 29 October 15:00

When the Prem began 20 years ago, and stadiums became all-seaters, with the season tickets costing a fortune, many of the working classes and twentysomething lads were excluded, unable to pay the prices.

Zombies attend the 2014 Venice Carnival. Photo: Marco Secchi/Getty
What is it about fancy dress that makes us think we can behave appallingly?
By Eleanor Margolis - 29 October 13:38

Halloween is particularly bad for this – from Jimmy Savile costumes to “sexy ebola” outfits, we seem to see it as an excuse to be offensive. Much better stick to the traditional zombies and gore.

A spooky costume can be a work of art, don’t waste the opportunity. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty
Feminists, it’s time to reclaim Halloween as a night to be scary
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 28 October 17:22

At that moment it hit me. From puberty onwards, I had lost Halloween. It had somehow ceased to be about bobbing for apples and warty witch masks, and had become all about sex. But no more.

We want our sons to challenge masculinity, not be harmed by it. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Male violence is a greater threat to our sons – so why are we so over-protective with daughters?
By Glosswitch - 27 October 10:56

It’s a difficult line to walk when you are raising boys. The path of non-violence is the only one worth following, yet by doing so, are you denying your sons a fighting chance in a dog-eat-dog world?

Hammering: England playing San Marino on 9 October. Photo: Getty
Which is better – watching football in the flesh or on the telly?
By Hunter Davies - 27 October 10:13

Hunter Davies’s weekly column, The Fan. 

He's a lumberjack... A man in Ukraine goes to chop wood. Photo: Getty
I used to chop logs like a man. Now I stay in bed and it’s exhausting
By Nicholas Lezard - 24 October 11:16

Nicholas Lezard’s Down and Out column. 

Funny business: Jacobson thinks of laughter as a "portal to creativity" that connects us to a world outside ourselves. Photo: Vincent Migeat/Agence Vu
Howard Jacobson: Laughing ourselves to life
By Howard Jacobson - 23 October 10:00

The Navajo celebrate a baby’s first laugh as a rite of passage, a moment in which the baby laughs himself, as it were, out of inchoate babydom and into conscious humanity.

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. 

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