Fans await the arrival of William and Kate in New York. Photo: Getty
I’ll never understand why people scream on catching sight of the royal family
By Eleanor Margolis - 10 December 12:28

It seems that today’s screaming fans are more extreme than ever.

Liverpool supporters protest about ticket prices during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Hull City at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, northwest England, on October 25, 2014. Photo: Getty Images
Premier League clubs are less and less able to ignore fan discontent over ticket prices
By Martin Cloake - 05 December 17:33

There are tentative signs that Premier League clubs are starting to take fan campaigns against high ticket prices more seriously.

Carriers: mosquitoes at the Oswaldo Cruz foundation in Rio de Janeiro, on 2 October. Photo: Getty
I’d never heard of “chicken unga fever”. Had a new kind of bird flu hit Britain?
By Phil Whitaker - 05 December 16:59

Dr Phil Whitaker’s Health Matters column. 

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All my life, people have shouted, “Cheer up!” at me, but I was born with a glum face
By Tracey Thorn - 04 December 16:23

In the recent viral video footage of a woman being repeatedly catcalled as she walks around New York, the first comments we hear addressed to her are: “Smile! SMILE!” It’s an order, an expectation.

A restaurant in central London. Photo: Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images
If you want to know how socially conservative Britain still is, go to a restaurant
By Eleanor Margolis - 04 December 10:28

Lesbians have been asked not to kiss because “this is a family restaurant”, and a woman having afternoon tea at Claridge’s was told that she wasn’t allowed to breastfeed her baby. We aren’t always as liberal as we think.

An anti-abortion protestor in Belfast in 2012. Photo: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty
It’s time Northern Ireland put an end to the climate of fear around abortion
By Grainne Teggart - 28 November 11:40

The proposal to impose ten-year jail sentences on any woman who has an abortion in a non-NHS clinic in Northern Ireland would plunge women’s rights into the dark ages.

Footballer Gavin Swankie (left), just one of the players whose every goal is recorded by the Whitehall fan. Photo: Getty Images
Who's the Whitehall civil servant spending hours each week editing footballers' Wikipedia pages?
By Ian Steadman - 27 November 15:59

Someone, somewhere in government, is spending a considerable amount of time keeping Wikipedia's entries on Scottish football up-to-date.

Gravy train: Fifa president Sepp Blatter on the pitch with a Saudi official in Riyadh. Photo: Getty
It is time to clean up the beautiful game
By Jon Holmes - 27 November 10:00

In recent days, Fifa seems to have plumbed new depths of almost comic-book villainy.

A feminist protest. Photo: Getty
Why feminism needs trans people and sex workers
By Alison Phipps - 24 November 17:42

Feminists of all stripes share a desire to make women’s lives better. But in order to do that, we need to listen to what all women have to say.

Mourning in numbers: visitors to the poppies at the Tower of London. Photo: Getty
Will Self: Public mourning is the loyalty oath of the modern British state
By Will Self - 20 November 15:47

The visitors who have filled the precincts of the Tower of London since August have been deeply moved by the great crowd of ceramic poppies planted in its dry moat – but moved by what, exactly?

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Brendan’s fits seemed like epilepsy, until we looked into his emotional life
By Phil Whitaker - 20 November 15:35

Dr Phil Whitaker’s Health Matters column. 

Gone to ground: what makes a good grave? Photo: Andreas Heumann/Lensmodern
Six feet under: meeting Britain’s Gravedigger of the Year
By Xan Rice - 20 November 10:01

To his surprise, Jonny Yaxley, a former landscaper, found he enjoyed the craftsmanship involved in preparing a perfect grave. And he liked learning about the lives of the deceased.

Ooh-aah: Eric Cantona in 2013. Photo: Getty
Maverick or phoney: why Balotelli has nothing in common with Cantona
By Ed Smith - 13 November 10:00

Ed Smith’s weekly column, Left Field. 

London's burning: a London fire engine. Photo: Getty
Suzanne Moore: The fish fingers were in flames – then the fire became uncontrollable
By Suzanne Moore - 07 November 12:13

Suzanne Moore’s weekly column, Telling Tales. 

Pink hair: when children become teenagers there are a whole new set of worries. Photo: Ryan and Sarah Deeds/Flickr
Tracey Thorn: I’m still “going through a phase” and it’s not too bad at all
By Tracey Thorn - 07 November 12:09

As your children keep changing, so does the job of bringing them up, each different phase bringing its own specific concerns, which vanish as new ones arise.

Deck the aisles: Christmas chocolates already discounted at Tesco in September. Photo: Flickr/George Redgrave
Welcome to Britain’s new chocolate calendar
By Melanie McDonagh - 06 November 10:01

We are now in the thick of what you might call “the bonfire season”, which runs from mid-October to the weekend after Guy Fawkes Night. 

Ancient race: a blotched blue-tongue lizard and its offspring, Sydney Zoo, February 2014. Photo: Getty
Psycho lizards from Saturn: The godlike genius of David Icke!
By Dorian Lynskey - 06 November 10:00

The latest iteration of Icke’s meta-narrative involves the Archons, an ancient race of reptilian psychopaths who have hijacked our perception of reality in the manner of The Matrix.

A child in India during World Toilet Day in New Delhi, 2012. Around 130 million households in India have no toilets. Photo: Getty
Choose your friends wisely – their friends could be bad for your health
By Helen Lewis - 06 November 10:00

A seriously ill patient’s condition affects not just their ­immediate family and friends but the next circle out, their children’s spouses, say, and the one after that, of those spouses’ friends.

Scorsese: doesn't rhyme with "foresees". Photo: Getty
“Don’t say anything nasty,” my son pleads, as we head for a university open day
By Nicholas Lezard - 06 November 10:00

A couple of years ago, I’d gone with his big sister to another university, where a lecturer had mispronounced one of the most prominent authorities in her discipline and I had got into a fight with him.

Pet love: a cat does a weekly visit to a Berlin care home to help in the treatment of patients with dementia. Photo: Getty
Would you want to know if you had dementia, even when there is no cure?
By Phil Whitaker - 06 November 10:00

Dr Phil Whitaker’s Health Matters column. 

A Pride march in San Francisco. Photo: Sarah Rice/Getty
On gay rights, the Conservatives are still, unsurprisingly, conservative
By Eleanor Margolis - 03 November 16:00

A much-clarified tweet from the Department for Education serves to remind us that despite the introduction of same-sex marriage, the Conservative Party has yet to catch up on some issues.

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.

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