Books
31 October 2005
The list of things God tells George W Bush to do may be longer than we thought. Leave the sugar in fizzy drinks; teach...
Books
13 June 2005
Rosemary Kennedy was the most famous victim of lobotomy. When the prettiest but mentally retarded daughter of Joseph P...
Sci-Tech
28 March 2005
At the memorial service for the journalist Anthony Sampson at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London this month, Sir Tony O'...
Books
07 June 2004
As the 100th anniversary of Bloomsday approaches, you might be tempted to cry, "Call the whole thing off!"...
Books
12 April 2004
Who ever said science-writing was easy? You've got to do something to make the medicine slip down, right? So why not a...
Books
15 September 2003
In his poem "Tortoise Shout", D H Lawrence asks: "Why were we crucified into sex?/Why were we not left rounded off, and...
Politics
21 January 2002
At the end of a three-year book, I am stuck at the hardest part: the Acknowledgements. The permutations of thanks -...
Politics
19 February 2001
As Radio 3's Verdi orgy rolled on the other week, the name of the composer's mistress caught my ear: Giuseppina...
Books
11 December 2000
Move over, Mozart. How's this for the work of a 12-year-old child: "Happy indeed, unspeakably happy, are those people...
Politics
20 November 2000
Nostalgia for vanished stadia runs deep (have you seen Gladiator?). But there are no ruins of the late Cardiff Arms...
Food and Drink
23 October 2000
"Mr Wordsworth is never interrupted," his wife said, laying a restraining arm on the young John Keats as he was about...
Books
25 September 2000
This is a popular science book with a message. Human bodies and the stars are made from the same stuff. The basic...
Politics
11 September 2000
Some matters, I have long believed, should not be discussed at the table. This principle has held firm over time; only...
Culture
01 May 2000
Science is so alien to most of us that its portrayal demands a link with the known world. "This may sound silly," said...
17 April 2000
A writer's life is like a mafioso's: long periods of waiting punctuated by short bursts of excitement. Last week saw...

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