IN A list compiled by the American Library Association of the top ten books most complained about last year, the Bible made it to number six. It is a relief that Fifty Shades of Grey was ranked second, but bewildering to see that Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time...
IF THERE is anybody out there thinking of a sensational way to raise money for charity, you might first like to do a proper cost-benefit analysis. Take all those foolhardy sky-divers who throw themselves out of a plane for the benefit of their dearest cause. A recent study, quoted in Analysis: The c...
EVEN among the more temperate members of the social-media community, there has been an outbreak of immoderate language after last week’s referendum result
WE ALL carry them around with us: good voices, bad voices, the sensible, the impish. In cartoons, they are embodied as angels and demons, sitting on opposite shoulders, whispering contrary advice; but to only a few of us do these voices seem as if they are coming from a source other than our own internalised talking-shop
TO THOSE of us who still regard wireless telephony as a kind of benign voodoo, the response of late-19th-century spiritualists to technological advance seems perfectly appropriate
THERE are plenty of dyslexia jokes out there, but few of them are properly funny. Fewer still are those that one might feel comfortable telling publicly. This one, though, comes from Michael Fabbri, a dyslexic comic: “How many dyslexic light bulbs does it change to
Edward Wickham finds that Paul McCartney still has the "charm of the enthusiast"
IN THE long and complex history of alliances and bust-ups in Israeli politics, the resignation recently of Moshe Yaalon as Defence Minister appears to be one of the more significant
IT ALL seems so impossibly innocent, now; but, in 1990, the winning song at the Eurovision Song Contest, “Insieme: 1992”, was a love song to the Maastricht Treaty. The thought of Australia ever participating in the contest would have been laughable; and Britain’s receiving “nul points” inconceivable
THERE was something ironically, perhaps deliberately, downbeat about the first episode of Radio 4’s new series From Our Home Correspondent (Tuesday of last week, although the series will, from now on, air monthly on Sundays).
As the name suggests, this is, like the international version, a pro...