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The Hakone Ekiden, which ran on 2 and 3 January, has a lot to tell us about the strengths and weaknesses of Japanese culture.
The "one-off" floods of July 2007 have inaugurated a new era of extreme weather events - and they're only going to get more frequent.
Labour should be participatory and campaign oriented. This isn't just a product; it's a movement.
A letter from Bahrain.
This isn't a crude argument about the balance of forces in any future leadership contest. It's about what we can still achieve and all that we share.
Unacknowledged Labour, Farron's Volvo - and a case of mistaken identity.
Severe floods are becoming the new norm in Britain.
In this personal and provocative piece, Joe Haines, Harold Wilson's press secretary, argues that the Labour moderates cannot "wait for something to turn up" in their battle against Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.
A Test match is not just sport, it is a sustaining way to spend the whole day - and it needs to feel like an experience
In the presence of multiple excellent fabrics, a young man worshipped an older woman with his body; the only thing that mattered – aside from the fabrics – was her pleasure.
The leader has demonstrated to shadow cabinet members that they will serve on his terms.
The hamfisted execution of Labour's reshuffle simply drew further attention to Labour’s divisions.
Six of our writers share a commandment for modern times. With Jan Morris, Jeanette Winterson, Philip Hoare, Julian Baggini, Mona Siddiqui and Laurie Penny.
Morlais by Alun Lewis and Alun, Gweno and Freda by John Pikoulis reviewed.
Two new books chart our changing feelings around feelings.
Second-Hand Stories by Josh Spero follows the author as he tracks down the previous owners of his books.
Ronan Fanning's Éamon de Valera: a Will to Power reveals a titan of Irish politics.
D J Taylor’s The Prose Factory: Literary Life in England Since 1918 walks the tightrope between two sides of a culture war – but occasionally loses its footing.
At the core of Chris Kraus' I Love Dick is the question: what does it mean to be an intelligent and ambitious woman in a world of men?
Tarantino's once-sharp ear has turned to tin lately. Plus: The Revenant reviewed.
War and Peace is so luxurious, it must have a budget even bigger than Alan Yentob's taxi bill. Plus: Beowulf.
The Inquiry: Should We Solar Panel the Sahara? on the BBC World Service.
From political autobiography to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, our culture editor rounds up the most interesting books of the year.
The business is wholly discombobulating, rather like a drug experience absolutely without any of the good bits.
Taking my son to the match on Boxing Day was going down memory lane. But who can afford season tickets for all the family these days?
“Would a glove do?” I asked Liz. “Maybe,” she said. “But they aren’t usually stretchy enough.”
A good winter walk can be found almost anywhere, and the rules are few - but worth observing.
It’s oft remarked that Britain is the most CCTV surveilled country in the world but I wonder if we may be the most repulsive one as well. Why else all the pigeon barbs?
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