New Statesman
The Diary: Roger Mosey
By Roger Mosey - 25 April 16:05

Olympic mascots, the next D-G and getting revenge on Jeremy Vine

Liquid rules of sympathy
By Alice Oswald - 19 April 11:09

For rain to be proper rain, it has to be moving and to keep moving — just like the tramp Alice Oswal

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Soon I’ll be able to look Ken in the eye. Not that I’d want to
By Nicholas Lezard - 18 April 17:53

Regular readers of this column with long memories and for whom time hangs heavy may remember that one of the recurrent problems of my life is my inability to do accounts, send invoices, keep receipts and, er, pay taxes on time. I am not proud of this.

New Statesman
Is there something missing in your life? Get a set of mini carpet bowls
By Nicholas Lezard - 05 April 12:16

I am walking past the charity shop when I see something in the window.

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They can’t quite squeeze me on to Newsnight, but I don’t care
By Nicholas Lezard - 04 April 13:02

An email is forwarded to me: it’s from Newsnight. How exciting! The government has just announced a minimum price for units of alcohol, and what with my having written an opinion piece for the Guardian decrying the policy before it was even announced, they want me on the show.

New Statesman
A child washing up is a beautiful thing, even if he breaks the last glass
By Nicholas Lezard - 26 March 1:00

Sober, blameless, virtuous even - for I am doing the washing-up - and another glass breaks. Down to four now, which is still acceptable, just.

Kiran Bedi.
The NS Interview: Kiran Bedi, social activist and former police chief
By Samira Shackle - 22 March 14:03

“My policing was nothing but activism – it had to be”

Domesticity doesn’t suit me, and nor does wearing trousers
By Nicholas Lezard - 19 March 0:00

I am wandering around the Hovel, looking for a book.

The marriage business
By Jemima Khan - 15 March 10:41

Muslim men bring 12,000 brides to Britain each year. That leaves their female peers with a dilemma —

Can a dating site tell if you're a secret racist?
By Helen Lewis - 12 March 0:00

How the OkCupid website, started by four Harvard geeks, used statistics to unearth its users’ secret

Fur suits and rocket launchers
By Helen Lewis - 05 March 0:00

The tall man in front of me blinks shyly from beneath a white side-swept fringe - or at least, as shyly as anyone can do dressed in white leggings so tight I could tell if he had varicose veins.

Hmm, shall I share my windfall with Boris Johnson or Tesco?
By Nicholas Lezard - 27 February 0:00

An email arrives from the chief executive of a magazine that went bust last year owing me £750. I might have mentioned this before. Well, it has been weighing upon me.

Craig Raine is 6ft tall, with a beard that would cover both his nipples
By Nicholas Lezard - 20 February 0:00

An email from one of the editors at the New Statesman.

These days, writers are lucky to be taken for a sandwich at Subway
By Nicholas Lezard - 30 January 0:00

At a swanky literary party - they still exist but they are few and far between - I am introduced to two charming girls who appear to be in their mid-teens.

Should we cheer a sobriety pill?
By Michael Brooks - 23 January 0:00

Willpower is probably starting to ebb from that New Year's resolution to cut down on alcohol. Why? Because you're fighting your natural inclinations: intoxication is a basic human drive.

My liver is disintegrating but at least my freezer was alien-free
By Nicholas Lezard - 23 January 0:00

I wake up on Sunday with a hangover so bad that I feel profoundly altered inside. There have been fundamental realignments of a sinister nature. I have a sudden, vivid image of my liver.

The trick with the Ring Cycle is to get really stoned beforehand
By Nicholas Lezard - 16 January 0:00

Another year, another final pair of digits on the file marked "terror about financial matters". Not that there's anything that I can do about it, except work, and that for little more than peanuts.

The last picture show
By David Flusfeder - 02 January 0:00

The likes of Fassbinder, Godard, Pasolini, Tarkovsky, Wajda and Visconti were once seen as essential

Casino capitalism
By Robert Hanks - 02 January 0:00

A purple flyer pops through our letter box: "It's time to play," it says, which, to a sensitive ear, sounds like a catchphrase for a Hollywood serial killer.

Napping offers a free cinema trip round my subconscious
By Nicholas Lezard - 12 December 0:00

I awake, not exactly refreshed but pleasantly woozy, after my first afternoon nap.

The NS Interview: Betty Jackson, designer
By Samira Shackle - 12 December 0:00

“Ageing women get axed from TV, so where’s your role model?”

Where the wild food is
By Helen Lewis - 05 December 0:00

Why foodies are getting excited about foraging

I have an atavistic urge to prostrate myself before the gentry
By Nicholas Lezard - 05 December 0:00

Well, you can't stay in London every single day of your life, you'd go mad, and so I accept an invitation to go to Perthshire with H -- . Not that

The world's first pop-up shopping mall
By Sean Carey - 03 December 9:24

Is clothes browsing inside refurbished shipping containers in east London as hip (and non-corporate)

“I had some magical trotters on my wedding night”
By Helen Lewis - 16 November 0:00

The NS Interview: Fergus Henderson, chef at St John

Where the wild things aren’t
By John Burnside - 16 November 0:00

Leafing through the St Andrews Citizen the other day, I read a piece about plans to dig up a patch of wild ground - the local preservation trust described it as "an eyesore" - and make it into a "community garden".

These days I’m less Hunter S Thompson, more John Lewis
By Nicholas Lezard - 16 November 0:00

Sometimes I wonder whether my horizons are shrinking too much.

What actresses eat, Herman's gaffes and why I’m turning into Batman
By Helen Lewis - 15 November 14:49

My column from the latest <em>New Statesman</em> magazine.

I am leaving the phone at home
By Steven Baxter - 14 November 13:19

What might it be like to wander around without anxiously looking at a screen every ten seconds? I wo

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