Methodically, he lined up four cans of beer, spirit miniatures and a glass of wine, and got to work on them. In a very British way, I pretended to ignore it.
The saving grace for Europe and North America will be their relative affluence and greater levels of education.
In the Croatian heartlands, economic decline has combined with fears over migration from the Middle East.
From "rebel with a cause" Iain Duncan Smith to Tim Farron's rock band years.
With more testing than ever and increased waiting times for child mental health services, what can be done to alleviate the pressure on England's young people?
My week, from tackling elitism at Oxford to a lecture on the Panama Papers.
Instead of meddling with structures, the government should address the growing teacher shortage.
Mary saw her colleagues at the charity shop every day, but she didn't tell them she was sleeping on the 31 bus.
From Kath Viner’s King Lear moment to shooting Meryl Streep’s latest turkey.
There is no such thing as objective journalism, and in the case of Facebook, no requirement to be objective.
The Momentum chair on Jeremy Corbyn's electability, mandatory reselection of MPs and the mistakes the left made in the 1980s.
As a scholar of Churchill, Boris Johnson could have articulated a constructive vision for Britain and Europe. Instead, he wilfully manipulates and distorts the historical record.
Stress is not as destructive as is often assumed: a little bit of it may even be good for us.
Even if David Cameron clears the fence marked Brexit, he will find a very deep ditch on the other side.
Two new books explore the trials of Nazis – and ask how they changed our conception of justice.
There's no doubting Mark Haddon's talent, but if his stories are sympathetic, there's not much pity in them.
Like Shriver's previous offerings, The Mandibles: a Family – 2029-2047 takes on a difficult topic: this time, American debt.
In 2015, more people landed in Greece in a single month than the whole EU has agreed to share over the next two years – and it's a tide that can't be turned.
Porcelain: a Memoir swerves around the tired tropes of most rock stories in a joyfully honest look at his life in the 1990s.
Despite its "zany" title, Thatcher Stole My Trousers is a provocative and original look back at Sayle's life.
A new exhibition at Tate Liverpool reveals how Bacon constructed his striking faces.
Heart of a Dog is a part-documentary, part-film essay with a skew-whiff sense of humour.
The podcast always seems to feature a guest sweetly insisting, “This is not a bunch of baloney!”
Between "screeny" and Allegra Stratton as, effectively, Peston's Anthea Redfern, the new show isn't quite up to scratch.
Sounds and Sweet Airs: the Forgotten Women of Classical Music by Anna Beer reviewed.
I start the new season with red wine stains on my cap, a dodgy shoulder and a burnt nostril.
Raclette, cheesy crackers, baguettes – even ice-cream is just cheese in waiting.
Surely there's a better way to teach children to venerate life than the current biology curriculum?
When they ask me what I think of Jeremy Corbyn’s chances in 2020, I look at their bright little faces, all lit up and expectant, and pause for a moment.
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