The novelist and comedian on anti-Semitism in football, a night out in Pocklington and plans for his 50th.
When you approach 25, it suddenly hits you that you’re never going to be an astronaut. Or an architect. Or a folk sensation.
Once Wigan scored, though, it was a different story: the affable familes were suddenly full of hate and fury.
Why should an emotional response take this particular form and does it serve any purpose?
Austria has incited anti-gay and transphobic rhetoric in Russia by entering Conchita Wurst into Eurovision. Can she do for drag what Dana International did for trans people?
Calpol. It tastes fantastic. Works a treat. Helps me to sleep. All round, it’s a winner. It’s the pre-Calpol debate that bores me.
The current model of lifelong, cohabiting monogamous partnership has never been such an outdated ideal.
The unhappy history of the workplace.
Being a mother is hard – but we don’t need a greetings card company to tell us that.
Of all the managers who have been sacked this season in the premier league, David Moyes can have perhaps the fewest complaints.
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.
A complex repertoire of psychosocial behaviours has been built up over the past two centuries in order for it to be possible.
But if, like me, you are miserably fussy about your tea, then you will know that you never clean the inside of a teapot.
Football fans have always had a keen sense of the ridiculous.
The NHS is gradually waking up to the need to provide structured support to people keen to lose weight, just like smoking cessation services.
An enoteca in Spitalfields, east London, will be selling a different Tuscan red by the glass each day, with dishes to match.
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.
Paradoxes are part of everyday life.
Yes, we’re facing a housing crisis and mass unemployment, but your twenties can still be the time of your life.
When I’m making poached eggs, I crack the shells cautiously but this makes me more likely to mess up.
Women with unwanted pregnancies need support, not biased misinformation.
According to Runner's World, a woman needs some pink trainers and a dog if she is to stay safe while jogging.
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.
. . . in fact, they are probably better at navigating a world of smartphones and social networks than we crusties aged 20 and over.
There is nothing we can do to make normal or “appropriate” the death of a dear friend, or a beloved public figure.
David Cameron says Christians around the world suffer the most persecution for their religion. Is he right?
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.
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?
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.
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.