Sometimes a word comes along that makes you feel sick. It doesn't happen very often. But when it does, you sense it deep in the gut: word-nausea is visceral. Enter "telegentsia".
The Observer and US-based conference and events organisation TED to hold one day "festival of ideas
Dublin, 1916. After seven days of savage fighting and at a cost of almost 200 lives, the Easter Rising is over.
“You should definitely cut defence before you cut art”
Bonus, boni, bono, bonum, bono, bone. Not a chant for U2's Ray-Banned frontman, but the declension of bonus in Latin. We use the word all the time; it lives, even though the language died.
Thank God for cricket. Without it, the first days of the Year of the Cuts might have descended into deep gloom, but instead we were distracted by Down Under and its sunshine, success and sprinkler dance.
Karl Marx, in London for a book signing, stumbles off the Eurostar and straight into an interview wi
Weather, the lifeblood of a British newspaper in a snow-gripped winter. Vince was a brief distraction from weeks of ice analysis. Have there ever been so many disgruntled interviews conducted from Heathrow Airport?
Science tells us that men’s brains are different from women’s – but that doesn’t mean we should not
Ricky Gervais came late to showbiz via <em>The Office</em>. Now, at 49, he appreciates every moment
“The spectacle of implicated governments trying to stifle WikiLeaks is futile and undignified,” writ
(Warning: this column will bypass all hand-wringing discussion of the commercialisation of Christmas and its severance from religious meaning.
“The ‘big society’ doesn’t speak to me. It doesn’t speak to anyone”
Amazingly, it is 30 years now since the constitutional crisis that briefly left the United States without a president.
Conservatives claim Christ as one of their own. But he was the unemployed son of two asylum-seekers with all the personal traits of a modern revolutionary.
Theresa May is being urged to ban him. Free speech demands she shouldn’t.
If most of the corporation’s staff don’t vote Tory, that’s only a reflection of the country at large
Think about this while you read press coverage of the student protests.
Roger Casement made waves with his exposés of imperial abuses on the rubber plantations of Belgian C
Stem-cell therapy is about to prove itself. Over the next few months, researchers will inject stem cells into the retinas of 12 people with a genetic condition that has slowly robbed them of their eyesight.
Why the coalition's cuts agenda draws on a masochistic streak in English culture.
After its defeat in May, Labour moved to elect a new leader. It was just the beginning of the overha
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of the bestselling book on black swan events, delves deeper into the u
Of all Shakespeare's plays, Antony and Cleopatra is my least favourite.
You've probably read quite a lot about students in recent weeks, what with the protests, and the way certain newspapers (hello, Daily Mail) can't get out of bed without publishing a bevy of pictures of beautiful girls
Why the university occupations are giving students a crash course in political activism.
The student protests were not an aberration but part of Britain’s rich history of dissent
In 1998, in the introduction to The Burden of Responsibility, a book about French intellectuals in the 20th century, the historian Tony Judt made this observation about individuals and their pasts: "Except at moments of unusua