You! Yes, you, small boy,
small for your age and made to look smaller
by the tennis racket you’re brandishing.
with its gluey gut strings gone frayed and slack,
it strains and pains your immature wrist.
As a black British immigrant to America, I have clung to my roots and my accent. Perhaps it is time to let go.
Russell Brand doesn’t read the papers, now that he’s in them – but that doesn’t stop him having opinions on everything from the meaning of Britishness to the “spirituality” of socialism. David Walliams tries to keep up.
As the recipient of a military education, Willard Foxton is well placed to say why Labour's latest policy is a bad idea.
On the final day we came at length to a layer
of packed earth. I made short shrift of it, in slices,
lifting it off with a leaf trowel to expose
a broad, flat stone. Whoever was doing the probing probed
at the stone’s edge till the stick went in
When a sportsman is in “the zone”, he is in a state of total absorption.
The refugee is vague. He is caught in a condition of waiting. He has travelled from Asia to England but, having no documents, he has never officially arrived: “It isn’t easy to live here. It is a very heavy wait. You know life is quick but I’m always waiting.”
Full video of the Slovenian philosopher talking to the NS culture editor
Leo Hollis charts the changing face of the City, from stones to screens
"If they don’t believe in transubstantiation then they are not Roman Catholics," said Dawkins.
Elizabeth II may be the last royal woman not to be subjected to rampant sexist scrutiny.
Jewishness is in my bones, but I don’t want to make that much of a fuss about my ethnicity.
How living fast does weird things to your perception of time
Charles Darwin’s search for his intellectual ancestors shows that scientific discovery mirrors the v
Explaining the success of Simon Cowell, Jose Mourinho and the rest.
Is "Keep Calm And Carry On" an appropriate mantra for modern Britain?
Apple’s iPhone, five years old next month, seduces us with the perpetual call of elsewhere. But do w
Treating everything as a commodity ruins the moral fabric of society.
Martha Gill's Irrational Animals column.
Should there be a boycott of the Israeli theatre company at the Globe?
Know your enemy, they say. Jonathan Haidt might rephrase this as: understand your enemy. Know his moral instincts and the way he reasons through an argument. See his point of view; be his friend.
"Animals Inside Out" at the Natural History Museum.
What do debutante balls, the Japanese tea ceremony, Ponzi schemes and doubting clergy all have in co
What’s the point of turning the net into a giant lavatory wall?
When A L Kennedy was growing up in Dundee, she was taught to sound English. It was only in exile that she embraced her Scottishness
In the second in a series of essays on nature and landscape, Richard Mabey sees a premonition of spr
In a meritocracy, winners deserve to win or think they do, and they reward themselves accordingly.
Why did the peacock’s tail make Darwin “sick”? Because the world is full of extravagant beauty that