Education
12 February 2007
Some news stories are guaranteed to send a portentous chill down my spine. On reading that women make up 57 per cent of...
International Politics
29 January 2007
When you start researching unsafe abortion, the photographs and stories are so visceral that they carve themselves into...
Society
15 January 2007
So, we've said goodbye to 2006, a year that threw up (and I use that term advisedly) all the usual articles exhorting...
Society
18 December 2006
With the party season upon us, it is always prudent to swot up on the signs that you might be overdoing it. One, of...
TV and Radio
04 December 2006
So reality TV is crap, its viewers are chumps and its participants are talentless wannabes? Consider a few recent...
Human Rights
06 November 2006
On hearing Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilali's comments about rape, my first thought was that the sheikh, Australia's leading...
Human Rights
23 October 2006
There was a time when you knew where you were with anti-abortion activists. They were the ones waving "Abortion is...
09 October 2006
For anyone who has recently been shocked by a preponderance of pink products in the shops (is it a trend? What does it...
UK Politics
25 September 2006
Given the current political turbulence, few things seem certain this party conference season (except, of course, that...
Culture
11 September 2006
If you'd been kidnapped at the age of ten and held captive in a tiny cell for eight years, what do you suppose you...
28 August 2006
Among my many and varied ponderings this week, the most pressing has been on the interplay between fiction writing and...
Society
14 August 2006
Reading the newspapers - almost always, let's face it, a bitter-sweet experience - can sometimes be especially...
Politics
31 July 2006
Once upon a time (well, specifically about nine months ago) there was a fictional sixth-form boy, living on a council...
17 July 2006
If anyone's going to get their kit off in public at the age of 71, I'm sure you'll agree that it may as well be the...
Society
03 July 2006
Hear the word "princess", and what other words and phrases spring to mind? For me they would include, in no particular...

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