Tourists on the Rialto bridge in Venice. Photo: Getty
In search of authenticity: what's the difference between a traveller and a tourist?
By Oliver Farry - 04 August 11:21

In an age of unprecedented foreign travel, tourists get quite a bad rap, not least from tourists themselves.

Ioannis Ikonomou is the one of the world's most exceptional polyglots. Illustration: Martin O'Neill for New Statesman
The man who speaks 32 languages - and counting
By Xan Rice - 03 August 11:08

When Ioannis Ikonomou arrived in Brussels as an interpreter, the EU had 12 official languages. He learnt them all - then kept going.

Communal living: pronoun awareness and a lot of tea. Photo: Flickr/Ewen Roberts
In this plutocrat's playground of a city, it's good to know there's still a commune to call home
By Laurie Penny - 31 July 11:32

I asked my new friends if I could stay for a few days whilst my landlords dealt with a rat problem. I ended up staying forever.

The trans pride flag. All photos author's own.
Trans pride is great but it's not enough to camouflage discrimination
By Helen Thomas - 31 July 10:25

Transgender people in Britain are still some of the most marginalised in society, which is why we need trans pride now more than ever.

Mildly unpleasant things about office work for most people (like staying late or getting up early) can feel like insurmountable hurdles to those with mental health issues. Photo: Getty
How do you deal with mental health problems in the workplace?
By Harriet Williamson - 31 July 9:05

Harriet Williamson talks to people grappling with mental health and employment issues, and discovers an appetite to end shame and stigma.

"What was the Hilton brand?". A Hilton hotel in Chicago. Photo: Flickr/Zol87
When I was a Hilton hostess, my manager got a copy of How to Deal With Difficult Employees
By Suzanne Moore - 30 July 14:02

My feet were burnt from standing in very high heels and everything deteriorated quite quickly.

Illustration: Jackson Rees
How we learned to stop loathing and embrace the gas-guzzling menace
By Will Self - 30 July 13:25

“Suburban!” I expostulated. “That thing’s big enough to contain an entire suburb!”

London’s Chinatown in Soho. Photo: Getty
Trawling Chinatown for a backscratcher, I see there are some itches that never go away
By Nicholas Lezard - 30 July 12:53

Even thinking about a backscratcher makes the back cry out for one.

There is a huge deficit of toilet provision for women. Photo: Getty
The politics of sanitation: why we urgently need more public toilets
By Beatrix Campbell - 28 July 11:31

Elderly people, disabled people, people with carers, women and children all have their lives limited by the UK’s lack of public toilets. We need to talk about this unseen sanitation crisis.

David Cameron on his mosque visit in 2013. Photo: Getty
Leader: The challenge to British Islamists
By New Statesman - 23 July 14:06

Too often, David Cameron has failed to engage with all aspects of Britain’s Muslim community so: he has visited a mosque only once in five years.

Pain management is always fraught. Photo: Getty
Jill thought she knew best for her father so she kept the morphine coming
By Phil Whitaker - 23 July 11:53

Whatever her motivations – and whether she had even been aware of them – she had been hastening his demise.

People inside a model of an intestine in Dresden, Germany. Photo: Getty
Intelligent stomachs: what if your gut could remember what you had eaten?
By Michael Brooks - 23 July 11:44

Welcome to the world of synthetic biology.

Mousie and some pals. Photo: Getty Images
All I care about is wine; all Mousie cares about is bread. And now we have a new housemate – Antie
By Nicholas Lezard - 23 July 11:32

My only consolation, as I now wonder what on earth I am going to put my Marmite on besides my finger, is that Mousie will have burst like a balloon with the amount he has eaten.

A pro-choice campaigner in Spain. Photo: DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images
Like 95% of women, I don't regret my abortion - it was the happiest day of my life
By Marina Strinkovsky - 21 July 12:02

A recent US study found that more than 95 per cent of women say they don’t regret their abortion. Perhaps, like me, they were brought by the terrifying realness of a pregnancy to a place where they knew, perhaps for the first time, what the right thing for them was.

The new Lib Dem leader Tim Farron was questioned about the morality of gay sex. Photo: Getty
The new Lib Dem leader Tim Farron refuses to say whether he believes gay sex is a sin
By New Statesman - 18 July 11:53

The new Lib Dem leader, who is a Christian, has been criticised for his stance on abortion and gay marriage. On Friday Channel 4's Cathy Newman asked him three times if he believed that gay sex was sinful. 

The English cricket team are cohering, rather than chasing rivalries. Photo: Dan Mullan/Getty Images
The secret of England’s cricketers this summer is this: they have learned to be positive
By Ed Smith - 16 July 16:25

Bad blood between teams may provide a short-term boost but it also brings with it a longer-term popular disengagement. Thankfully, the opposite is happening within English cricket.

The motherhood trap
By Helen Lewis - 16 July 11:56

It seems like a great time to be a woman in politics - but the fact that childless women are vilified as selfish, while so few mothers make it to the top, reveals an uncomfortable truth about how far we still have to go to achieve equality.

Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya leads the New York City Marathon on November 3, 2013. Photo: Emmanual Dunand/AFP
Will there ever be a marathon time under two hours?
By Rose George - 16 July 9:47

Ed Caesar's new book asks if the record is breakable - and who could break it.

Wine economy: the £5.99 to £7.99 rise forced a crisis. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images
The universe doesn’t seem quite so random and pitiless when a reader sends you fifty quid in the post
By Nicholas Lezard - 16 July 9:41

If that particular envelope-opening scene had been filmed in the 1930s or 1940s, it would have been accompanied by a shaft of sunlight and the sound of a heavenly choir.

The Who perform on Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage. Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images
As I tried to get to my seat at the Who concert, I felt bad about making all the old people stand up
By Will Self - 16 July 9:36

It occurred to me that the only possible summation would be a paraphrase of Dr Johnson’s infamous remarks about female preachers, which is to say, I was amazed not so much by the Who playing well, as that they were capable of playing at all.

You scratch my back. . . baboons are masters of consensus. Photo: Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP/Getty
Planning a holiday? Take some advice from baboons
By Michael Brooks - 16 July 9:17

When planning, it often seems one person gets their way. But there is an alternative.

A Ludo game. Photo: Micha L. Rieser/Wikimedia Commons
I still smart from the first time I was hit at school. All I did was say Great-Uncle Horrie’s magic words
By Suzanne Moore - 15 July 16:40

You know when kids say “It’s so unfair”? Well. They’re right.

This guy tries to find a date by walking around, asking women out. Photo: Still from "Offline Dating", by Samuel Abrahams
Whether it's online or offline dating, why is it such a taboo for women to say "No"?
By Sarah Ditum - 15 July 15:07

A video showing a man trying to bag a good, old-fashioned "offline date" by marching up to women in the street to ask them out has gone viral, but it's more disturbing than heartwarming.

Bob Dylan, Richard Wager. . . what algorithm could contain both? Photo: Pierre Guillaud/AFP/Getty Images
SEO and algorithms? Numbers can't match up to plain good taste
By Ed Smith - 15 July 9:29

Truly independent expertise can never be swayed. Numbers, on the other hand, can be manipulated reasonably easily.

A football in a grassy field as the sun sets. Photo: Flickr/Katie Brady
It's time the green movement left its earnest, middle-class ghetto and enjoyed some football
By Pete May - 13 July 15:40

The overwhelming need to prevent planetary meltdown gets translated into overwhelming earnestness and a lack of ability to do human.

A pair of brown brogues. Photo: Flickr/ Designerschuhe, Taschen und Accessoires
Will walking in the shoes of a Syrian refugee or an Etonian help you empathise? Roman Krznaric thinks so
By Liv Constable-Maxwell - 09 July 16:25

Roman Krznaric speaks about his new project, the Empathy Museum, and why he believes it has the power to make visitors more empathetic.

In those days, everyone was “Troops out”. He just seemed more “Troops out” than a lot of people. Picture: University of Ulster
My Irish lover thought sex the ultimate sin. I like that in a man
By Suzanne Moore - 09 July 14:34

Our casual affair became more serious when we went to meetings in a back room of a pub on Holloway Road.

Could Wimbledon's Fred Perry remind us of more than victory? Photo: Steve Bardens/Getty Images
Could this be 1934 all over again, a summer of British sporting triumph – and European tragedy?
By Robert Winder - 09 July 10:42

The twisting of proud nations on skewers of debt and want, the rise of shrill nationalisms, the fear of foreigners – all these staples of modern life can’t be more than bland echoes of those dismal days, can they?

Unfair game: why are Britain’s birds of prey being killed?
By Mark Cocker - 09 July 10:30

Are gamekeepers killing off Britain's raptors? It's a question that gets to the heart of our right to privacy – and to roam.

A delicious life: Jane Grigson in the kitchen with her daughter, Sophie. Photo: Graeme Robertson/Rex
Jane Grigson: the woman whose words you'll want to eat
By Felicity Cloake - 09 July 10:01

Grigson's recipes still have the power to surprise – God knows what readers in 1971 made of sushi with sweet beans – and her enthusiasm for her subject is utterly infectious.