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In 2001, I invited myself to Cuba to see my favourite rock group, Manic Street Preachers, play a one-off show at the Karl Marx Theatre in Havana.
Even for middling teams, huge figures are the new normal. Why?
Shukan Bunshun magazine is a conservative weekly which has recently brought down three figures who, in different ways, represent the forces of change.
As the party of Abraham Lincoln devolves into the dark world of Trumpism, how nice it would be if GOP moderates found the courage to walk away.
To no-platformers, a campus should be a “safe space”, where people are not exposed to views that they may find upsetting.
Sadiq Khan's victory, Nicholas Soames' diet and Grant Schapps flogging houses.
The former London mayor discusses the NEC’s push to secure future leftwing leaders, why he hopes “obnoxious” Osborne will be next Tory leader, and life as a house husband.
At times during my cricket career, it felt as though sport had been turned into Gradgrindian pedagogy. Leicester's fearless showing in the Premier League is a breath of fresh air.
I feel queasy, unsettled. Out of sorts. The reason? Michael Gove is doing well.
I've been watching so closely, I am now able to tell Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio apart almost 50 per cent of the time, though it’s still like watching the Chuckle Brothers trying to lead a fascist rally.
Could the Independent, in going digital, be showing the way for the rest of the industry? Sadly, I think it's safer to put your money on Murdoch.
At no point since 1945 have the party's ratings been lower in opposition.
As we download ever more of our lives on to electronic devices, are we destroying our own internal memory?
Tensions in the global economy are near breaking point. The looming turmoil in stock markets, interest rates and currencies will affect us all.
Brexit would be bad not just for Britain but also for Europe and the rest of the world.
The Academy Awards are blighted by racism and bad decisions. So what would a world without them look like?
Knuckled may lie this dark of earth. . .
Like her films, Morley's 7 Miles Out is marked by the absence of men in a richly-realised northern culture.
Robert D Putnam has created an absorbing sketch of the US, drawn from hundreds of interviews with families.
Nina Lyon's new book, Uprooted, uses the Green Man to excavate a bigger question: humankind's relationship to nature.
Ben Rawlence's new book is an affecting foray into the minds of some of Dadaab's 500,000 residents - and a reminder that international officials must not forget them.
Glaser’s debut is part “post-collegiate” novel, part gender-fluid love tragedy. It is sharp, memorable and ambigious where it counts.
Daisy Dunn's Catullus's Bedspread: the Life of Rome's Most Erotic Poet, alongside her new translations of his poetry, offer a rollicking good read - as long as they're not taken too much at face value.
Despite his excellent eye for detail, Hens' account is not as persuasive as Will Self's forward.
Ian McGuire's novel is a powerful story which refuses to romanticise the past – in contrast with another new whaling story, Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett.
New books from Shigeru Mizuki and Polish duo Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal reveal an understated way to keep the past alive.
Joan Bakewell and Diana Athill have both written books which prove the richness of work produced later in life.
A new exhibition at Tate Modern invites us to explore the ways we play for the camera.
Normally when people say things like "I questioned every aspect of my existence", it sounds like they're selling something. But Guerra on the BBC World Service was different.
I can't remember the last time I was so bored by a big-budget TV show. In fact, I only made it halfway through the first episode.
New books from David Constantine, Hillary L Chute and Tiffany Jenkins.
I first met my wife when we were teenagers, and she was protesting the half-day we'd been given off school to watch Carlisle United.
In 1931, Isobel Goddard was the second woman to stand for Labour in Hastings.
If I didn’t carry a suitcase, I wouldn’t have the stress of packing. Or that, at least, was the idea.
One item, included as if by way of whimsical afterthought, amuses me: a box of breakfast cereal.
After a chance remark in the pub, I used my OS map to find the barn owl.
We are already seeing the consequences of Hunt's imposed changes, with increasing number of doctors leaving the profession.
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