27 April 2011
He has never read a book, he gets his news from the Daily Express and he likes only action movies. He believes in...
24 March 2011
I once tried to buy a shirt at Abercrombie & Fitch. It was clear the staff did not want to sell me anything. I...
13 January 2011
In June 2009, thousands of young Iranians took to the streets to protest against the rigged election keeping Mahmoud...
18 October 2010
During the recent protest march against the Pope in London, I noticed one sign which read "I believe in science...
19 July 2010
The same thing happens in both the first and second episodes of BBC2's new comedy series Rev. St Saviour's, a run-down...
05 July 2010
The key to this bold and mighty biography is that word, high, in the title. The phrase "high finance" is...
03 December 2009
16 April 2009
The first time I met Lewis Wolpert he tried to kill me – intellectually, that is. He almost succeeded. I was defending...
Music and Performance
26 February 2007
In my customarily prolonged hypnopompic condition on Saturday morning, I became aware that there was a government "...
03 July 2006
Erythropoietin is a hormone produced by the body in reaction to low blood oxygen levels. It increases the number of red...
10 April 2006
British jurors are offered an alternative when they are sworn in. Either they can swear on the Bible or any other holy...
The great beyond. Today the idea of space travel has a dated feel, but it was once a heroic quest that epitomised man's struggle to transcend his limitations. Bryan Appleyard recalls the era of the space dreamers, when the moon seemed like the first step
03 October 2005
There were two space races, both of them won by America. One was the civilian/scientific race that ended when Neil...
11 July 2005
Journeying into the mind of Philip K Dick is a risky undertaking. Even when he wasn't totally, officially crazy, he was...
09 May 2005
There are few things more exhilarating than the authoritative endor-sement of human ignorance. It resolves an...
29 November 2004
Between 1895 and 1898, H G Wells wrote four science fiction masterpieces - The Time Machine, The Island of Dr Moreau,...
Maybe we don't need to move Parliament to Hull. But we do need to overhaul its alienating traditions