A woman waits in the rain. Photo: Getty
Women should never have to lie about being “taken” to stop men from harassing them
By Eleanor Margolis - 12 February 15:19

Any woman who’s ever made her way home, alone, from a night out will know that feeling of dread that comes from unwelcome conversation.

A worker installs a flag advertising the cup. Photo: A worker installs a flag for the cup. Photo: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images
Letter from Equatorial Guinea: forget human rights – here comes the football
By Jonathan Wilson - 12 February 11:09

When Morocco withdrew from hosting the African Cup of Nations, citing Ebola fears, Equatorial Guinea stepped in. But at what cost?

The squeezed earth. Illustration: Jackson Rees
Will Self: We like to feel cosy in our happy little tribes – but it’s a big world, after all
By Will Self - 12 February 10:54

In my visual field alone there must have been 5,000 people suffering.

A glass of wine in Savoie. Photo: William Craig Moyes
The grapes of sloth: Nina Caplan relaxes in Savoie's vineyards
By Nina Caplan - 12 February 10:52

Buckets, bobsleds and a battery-powered bike.

English footballer Gary Lineker of Leicester City FC, circa 1980. Photo: Simon Miles/Getty Images
In ye olden days, retired footballers set up market stalls – or sold toilet rolls
By Hunter Davies - 12 February 10:19

I can think of only two players in my lifetime – who played long before the birth of the Prem – who did manage to make real money after their playing days.

Duran Duran's Girls on Film.
Who’d have thought I’d learn the meaning of life from an Avaaz petition?
By Nicholas Lezard - 12 February 10:12

Englightenment via Avaaz, Duran Duran and Bananarama.

There are things known and things unknown: Jim Morrison hid his background.
No family ties, no emotional inheritance: who would want “perfect” social mobility?
By Ed Smith - 10 February 11:18

Demonising social luck does not increase social justice.

Though not a household name in the UK, model and actor Jenny McCarthy’s claims that vaccinations caused her son’s autism have had a huge and damaging influence in the US. Photo: Getty Images
Anti-vaxxers have revived measles in the US, but what about the UK?
By Ian Steadman - 06 February 16:37

The resurgence of diseases like measles in the United States has come from the refusal of parents to vaccinate their children. The good news is that Britain isn’t seeing those same risks – but it could in the future.

Treating women in the workplace in the same way to heterosexual men is not equality. Photo: Getty
Why do we still see equality for pregnant women and mothers as “special treatment”?
By Glosswitch - 05 February 13:48

Everyone benefits from so-called “women’s work”.

An anti-HS2 protest sign. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
White nights in Sweden, the plight of circus animals and the spiralling cost of HS2
By Stanley Johnson - 05 February 11:39

In this week's Diary, Stanley Johnson casts his eye from Stockholm to Old Oak Common.

White mice in a lab. Photo: China Photos/Getty Images
New research in blood sharing forces us to ask: how far will we go to beat ageing?
By Michael Brooks - 05 February 11:36

In mice, young blood can rejuvinate the arteries and even neurones of the old. But humans may be wary.

Glastonbury, 2013. Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images
Ketamine users, beware: your trip might end on an operating table
By Phil Whitaker - 05 February 11:01

The drug can cause symptoms akin to a UTI – recurrant use may lead to severe bladdar damage.

Pub taps. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
Things are looking up: there’s a little cash in my pocket and it’s quiz night at the Uxbridge Arms
By Nicholas Lezard - 05 February 10:19

Heady pints, asteroid fights and the finest living example of the London landlady.

Marmalade on toast. Photo: Rex features
Why marmalade endures: the tale of a bear and his favourite preserve
By Felicity Cloake - 05 February 10:10

It's a food Felicity Cloake has enjoyed since childhood. Now Paddington is helping to revive flagging marmalade sales.

Ramekin disaster. Illustration: Jackson Rees
Will Self: Why I hate ramekins
By Will Self - 05 February 10:08

I may be late to the party, but I am tough on ramekin – and on the causes of ramekin.

An anti-abortion protest in Belfast. Photo: Getty
Have we reached the tipping point for abortion rights in Northern Ireland?
By Siobhan Fenton - 02 February 10:28

A new legal challenge to Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws marks a huge success for the pro-choice movement.

Mother and daughter go for a walk. Photo: Getty
“Mummies at war”: stop pitting mothers against each other in order to sell formula milk
By Glosswitch - 30 January 13:09

The representation of mothers as shrill Mumzillas is hardly something new. Sadly, neither is exploiting these stereotypes to sell things.

The cast of Craig Cash and Caroline Aherne's hit sitcom The Royle Family.
I don’t mind if politicians went to posh schools. I do mind if they don’t listen to anyone who didn’t
By Robert Webb - 29 January 15:06

Ad hominem attacks make no sense. All young people should enjoy the opportunity to tell their stories.

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I was pregnant again. But when the doctor produced a graph I knew that something was wrong
By Suzanne Moore - 29 January 10:28

Women’s bodies are very peculiar. I was pregnant and, because I’d had two children already, the feeling wasn’t exactly new: that metallic taste, a strange lightness, the sensation of one’s own flesh being somehow unaccountable.

A ruptured Eiffel Tower. Illustration: Jackson Rees
Post-traumatic spatial disorder: you see it, looking at old volcanoes. In Paris, I’m not so sure...
By Will Self - 29 January 9:44

Memories of place and disaster telescope, but Will Self finds Paris much as it ever is.

The open fridge: We've all been there. Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty Images
Late at night, in my dressing gown, I search the fridge for a piece of cheese and contemplate my fate
By Nicholas Lezard - 29 January 9:11

"I could be Nick Clegg". Nicholas Lezard sees desperation by the fridge light. 

In Iraqi security officer guards a church. Photo: KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images
Paradise lost: is Christianity doomed in the Middle East?
By Gerard Russell - 29 January 9:10

A religious revival is just one of the factors leaving Christians deserting the Middle East. Diversity must be upheld.

Play your cards right. Photomontage by Dan Murrell
The art of the political wager: how to make money betting on the general election
By Matthew Engel - 29 January 8:37

The only certainty about this year's election is that it will break all previous betting records. So who should you be placing your money on?

Capsules containing ketamine. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP
Could ketamine stop suicide?
By Michael Brooks - 29 January 8:00

The drug has been proven as a reliever of suicidal thoughts. With some doctors reluctant to prescribe SSRIs, it could provide the answer.

EM Forster by Dora Carrington.
The producer vowing to film E M Forster’s “unfilmable” novel
By Philip Maughan - 28 January 13:45

After spending three weeks in hospital with a suspected heart condition, Adrian Munsey decided to tackle The Longest Journey — the last unfilmed Forster novel.

Residents protest the redevelopment of the estate. Photo: Paulette Singer.
How council promises have fallen away, leaving the West Hendon estate in dire straits
By Chris Godfrey - 28 January 10:27

Residents claim 95 per cent of current tennants will be evicted as regeneration scheme prices out locals.

A woman hurries on the tube. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty
We live in the “acceleration society”: the less you achieve, the more important it is to look busy
By Ed Smith - 28 January 9:01

The best way to look successful is to tell people how busy you are.

Stacked peat turf in Connemara. Photo: Tim Graham/Rex
Getting bogged down: why we all need to fight the peat wars
By John Burnside - 27 January 11:13

94 percent of our peat bogs have been destroyed. Saving them is a vital step in securing our planet's future.

Ronda Rousey hits Liz Carmouche during their 2013 title fight. Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images
Why the UFC is treating its female fighters better than (almost) any other sport
By Joel Snape - 26 January 16:34

It’s not just the money – Ultimate Fighting Championship has appreciated that women aren’t good fighters considering their gender. They’re simply good fighters.

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