The NS Interview: Franny Armstrong
By Sophie Elmhirst - 22 October 8:48

“We’re right at the end of the time when we can still do something”

You can’t handle the tooth
By Nicholas Lezard - 22 October 8:48

To the dentist. First with my eldest son, who has been complaining of pains that are like toothache, but are not exactly toothache.

Smashing the lens
By Becky Hogge - 15 October 8:38

"Well, that's what happens when you have three Weetabix for your breakfast." So said the Sky News anchor as the camera cut back to her after Adam Boulton's interview with the Prime Mini

Bad idea: Women don't need work
By Alyssa McDonald - 15 October 8:38

You may think - if you're a woman with a full-time job - that your career is a way of paying the bills. Perhaps you even think you enjoy it.

Playing hard to get with Jobcentre Plus
By Sophie Elmhirst - 15 October 8:38

So, to sum up the past few weeks of pontificating by Gordon and George: "GET A JOB!" Yes, there were "policies" and "vision", but there was also

Am I culturally challenged?
By Mark Watson - 08 October 6:46

Recently, I read 2666 by Roberto Bolaño, a book that has been acclaimed as the greatest novel of the decade so far. I say "recently": actually it took me most of my life to date.

A right pig’s ear
By Phil Whitaker - 08 October 6:46

The government panicked over the threat of swine flu – and got its response completely wrong

Helen Hogan
By Staff blogger - 08 October 6:46

Where do you live?
Christchurch, New Zealand.

Good idea: Poverty bites
By Alyssa McDonald - 08 October 6:46

Snappy titles, unfortunately, are not the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's strong point. It's hardly the most important thing about their reports, but it's still a bit of a shame.

How to have a green funeral, without offending Derek
By Sophie Elmhirst - 01 October 8:13

Directgov seems intent on amplifying our fear of mortality

High school delusional
By Fran Abrams - 01 October 8:13

Too many young people are encouraged to dream of fame when, in reality, their prospects are bleak.

Subscriber of the Week
By Staff blogger - 01 October 8:13

Ronald Stamper

Class Monitor No.2: Buggy mom
By Michael Hodges - 01 October 8:13

I want a coffee but I can't get one.

Real Meals: I'm leavin' it
By Will Self - 01 October 8:13

Walking into the McDonald's on Oxford Street made me feel like Rip Van Winkle

Class Monitor No.1: Wetherspoons Man
By Michael Hodges - 24 September 6:50

Outside the pub on a wet south London traffic intersection, the prevailing mood is downbeat. But inside, although it's only 11.15am on a Tuesday, the atmosphere is lively. Lively and very old.

I need a fishing rod and a bassoon, fast
By Mark Watson - 24 September 6:50

The name of this new column could hardly be more apt this week, as - even by the neurotic standards of my life, which lead me to regard almost anything, from losing a fountain pen upwards, as a crisis - something has just occu

Nurses lose their halo
By Jo Brand - 17 September 6:48

These days all vicars are randy and all nuns are harridans. Is it really such a surprise that nurses

Diary: Alexander Lebedev
By Alexander Lebedev - 17 September 6:48

Sun, sea and excess on the Côte de Crime

Down and out in London
By Nicholas Lezard - 10 September 8:56

Like Boudu the tramp in Renoir’s film, I like to take advantage of the generosity of my hosts

Victims of our own excess
By Charlotte Raven - 03 September 8:19

Since the mid-1990s, feminist opposition to fashion has all but evaporated. But are all these must-h

For Google, the user comes first
By Peter Barron - 20 August 8:40

Google's aim is and always has been to help people find the information they are looking for. It's why our services have become so popular. They are easy to use and they work.

Cocaine madness
By Jeremy Sare - 06 August 9:11

Why do our politicians always use the word "scourge" when they talk about drugs?

Down and out in London
By Nicholas Lezard - 16 July 11:37

I am depressed that there has been a brothel operating right under my nose, and I knew nothing about

Down and out in London
By Nicholas Lezard - 09 July 16:21

At this party no one is even smoking. I feel like the Ancient Mariner, only not so garrulous

Getting On
By Rachel Cooke - 09 July 11:29

An edgy new sitcom casts an unflinching eye on how society treats the elderly

All Consuming
By Sophie Elmhirst - 09 July 11:29

Swap God for Gucci

We know what’s good for you
By Guy Dammann - 09 July 11:29

Criticised by both right and left, the Proms are nonetheless an annual institution that stays true t

What a carve-up!
By Staff blogger - 09 July 11:29

Where they live and what they own

Never mind the wasp sting and the poverty, I am up, in, and off the market
By Nicholas Lezard - 02 July 12:18

In news that will have pretty much the same devastating effect on the female readership of this magazine as Paul McCartney’s marriage to Linda Eastman had on millions of Beatles fans, I have to say that the search for the next (in effect) Mrs Lezard has come to a shuddering but very welcome halt

Put a little spice in your box
By Ziauddin Sardar - 02 July 12:18

Viagra can now be bought over the counter at Boots. But hold on – look east and you will find far be

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