The Kenyan kidnap resort was a paradise on the edge of hell
By Alice Miles - 19 September 1:00

What were they doing there? Apart from the questionable decision to spend up to £500 a night to stay in a straw hut strewn with a bit of rustic decor, why there? Why go on holiday so near to the Somali border?

Forget about looking for “The One” and have fun with the many, says Laurie Penny
By Laurie Penny - 15 September 10:45

The idea that everyone has a soulmate whom they are destined to love for ever is both implausible and cruel.

A one-way ticket to Palookaville
By Will Self - 14 September 16:14

At Motherwell Station, there is a reception committee awaiting me - or is it some sort of posse, with me in the Butch Cassidy role? One . . . two . . . three . . . no fewer than six ticket collectors bar my way. Golly!

The isolation of day-to-day life feels harder than ever to beat
By Graeme Archer - 12 September 12:41

Reaching out to other human beings ought to be the easiest thing. Why do I find it so difficult?

Tracey Emin’s artlessness, honey for money and flesh made word
By Camilla Long - 24 August 1:00

Camilla Long on a week of sleeping with the Tories, relief for Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the meaning o

Being told you have a lucky face is the oldest trick in the book
By Nicholas Lezard - 22 August 1:00

So, there I am, strolling towards Marble Arch Station from the north, passing the swanky Indian restaurant on Old Quebec Street and thinking that, thanks to some extra work I've got lately, I might be able to pay off a couple

The suburb that changed the world
By Jaron Lanier - 18 August 10:53

In the 1980s, Silicon Valley was populated by lefties and hippies who dreamed of a computer revoluti

My life is like one long case of the yips
By Nicholas Lezard - 15 August 1:00

Every year since 1974, when I was 11, my father has bought me a copy of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack for my birthday.

I’m the grumpy captain of HMS Not Getting Any
By Nicholas Lezard - 08 August 1:00

I have always liked Pozzo's speech in Waiting for Godot when he says that the tears of the world are a constant quantity, and that for each person who begins to weep, another one stops.

I wanted a pet, but not like this
By Nicholas Lezard - 01 August 1:00

"Ark!" We have a new resident at the Hovel: a fledgling seagull, who presumably fell out of the nest on the roof.

The day I went to scoff amid the highchairs bedizened with peas
By Will Self - 01 August 1:00

Here's a dinner for two with 1970s sophistication but modern-day products and prices: to start, a couple of prawn cocktails at £2.09 each; to follow, a brace of 8oz fillet steaks weighing in at £12.47.

Laurie Penny: Amy Winehouse never, ever let us down
By Laurie Penny - 28 July 12:32

Winehouse was never interested in the normal rules of female celebrity.

Forget Sir Bob and Bono – I have a modest proposal for Africa
By Will Self - 25 July 1:00

People are starving to death in eastern Africa - lots of them, and horribly. I awoke this morning to hear on the radio a report from a BBC man who had interviewed some of those streaming towards a UN-run camp.

Can you stomach the all-you-can-eat buffet?
By Will Self - 21 July 10:50

I was meeting up with someone I worked with, ooh, getting on for 20 years ago and whom I hadn't seen for pushing 15. I was coming from Manchester; she from Soho, London.

Nathan Myhrvold interview: “If music can be art, why can’t food?”
By Helen Lewis - 05 July 8:23

Nathan Myhrvold was Stephen Hawking's researcher and Bill Gates's right-hand man at Microsoft. Now, he aims to reinvent the cookbook. 

Why Captain Birdseye is my slightly fishy culinary hero
By Will Self - 04 July 1:00

Birds Eye sold £7.5m worth of its Traditional Chicken Dinners last accounting year - and as these meals are made in the Republic of Ireland with imported chicken breast, "homestyle" gravy, potatoes and garden vegetables, I can

By Sophie Elmhirst - 04 July 1:00

Tennis is not what it was. Now it's all about branding and the annual disappointment of Andy Murray. (Oh, Murray.

Oligarch, reinvented
By Sophie Elmhirst - 01 July 11:48

Evgeny Lebedev, son of a billionaire, owns newspapers, restaurants and a mansion near London. He bel

The NS Interview: Alex James
By Helen Lewis - 30 June 16:52

“Keeping a pig is great but Monster Munch are nice as well”

Pretty dishes, fit for supper
By Felicity Cloake - 27 June 1:00

How British social history is written through our cookbooks.

Michelin stars, living on cereal and my toddler’s taste for pickled onions
By Marcus Wareing - 27 June 1:00

Another week has flown by and it's Sunday again. Not just any Sunday, though: Father's Day.

Major lesbian sock puppets? Whatever next?
By Sophie Elmhirst - 23 June 12:33

Let's get to the point. Are there any lesbian bloggers out there who aren't straight, middle-aged, American men?

Laurie Penny on proest: let’s get those sluts walking
By Laurie Penny - 10 June 14:12

Sex is not the problem. Sexism is. Arbitrary moral divisions are being renewed between "innocent" women and "sluts".

Friends say my house is a sitcom, but no puny mortal could dream this up
By Nicholas Lezard - 09 June 14:00

A Sunday afternoon, and I am listening to Ligeti and wondering whether it was entirely wise of me to have invited the editor of this magazine for dinner.

All I want for my birthday is a giant packet of Opal Fruits
By Nicholas Lezard - 07 June 15:22

My birthday. I have now reached the age Goebbels was when he died, although my achievements are fewer. And, thankfully, not in the same line. Still.

Children being children
By Nelson Jones - 07 June 12:37

Are sex and shopping really the worst problems facing the nation's children?

Scrabble is like life: you’ve got to be innit to win it
By Mark Watson - 26 May 13:02

Not much doubt about the big news of the past couple of weeks: there are a dozen new words allowed in Scrabble.

When jargon becomes unsustainable
By Will Self - 20 May 13:28

Good afternoon. I'm glad you were all able to join me here for a brief presentation on some of the key issues that will be affecting us in the medium term.

The NS Interview: Heston Blumenthal, chef
By Helen Lewis - 16 May 16:10

“Sucking the heads off prawns is one of life’s great pleasures”

Farewell, Whispering Ted, the man who taught me that less is more
By Mark Watson - 12 May 13:31

Unless you're Osama Bin Laden, it hasn't been a great time to die of late, if you wanted the press to report it to the nation.