Blogs

How the music of Bach can teach us how to die

28 November 2017 15:35

Imagine if we had access to over a hundred Shakespeare plays in which the Bard was at or near the…

Can you have your grass-fed beef and eat it?

6 October 2017 16:37

Grass-fed beef just came off the North London dinner party menu. A report by the Food Climate Research Network at the…

The Protestant passions of Queen Victoria: her biographer A.N. Wilson reveals all

6 October 2017 16:07

Our guest on today’s Holy Smoke podcast is A.N. Wilson, author of a hugely admired biography of Queen Victoria and…

If Jesus Christ was on Twitter, would he be attacked by malignant trolls?

20 September 2017 16:51

You must listen to the feisty new episode of the Holy Smoke podcast, in which Cristina Odone and I ask…

Time and technology are overtaking the arguments for Hinckley Point

18 September 2017 11:08

The price of offshore wind power has halved, making those giant inshore turbine arrays we love to hate look competitive…

London is still the world’s pre-eminent financial centre – for now

17 September 2017 8:30

Should we place faith in a survey, conducted in June but published this week, that says London is still the…

Is the Church of England dying in the countryside?

22 August 2017 13:05

English country churches: everyone loves them, no one wants to actually pray in them. ‘People have a massive sentimental attachment to…

How to deal with Pauline Hanson’s political stunts

18 August 2017 16:20

Before Trump or Farage, before Wilders or Marine Le Pen, there was Pauline. Pauline Hanson was the original rabble-rouser who…

The knives are out for Christian faith schools

28 July 2017 15:27

Today’s Holy Smoke podcast responds to rumours that the Government is planning to betray parents who want to send their children to faith…

Don’t panic! There’s more than enough sperm to go around

26 July 2017 13:27

Getting agitated, are you, about declining sperm counts? The Guardian called the fall in numbers ‘shocking’; for the Telegraph, never…

Game of Thrones gets back to brutal business

24 July 2017 17:14

A good measure of whether Game of Thrones is feeding you a placeholder episode is to imagine trying to spoil…

As Boots discovered, the morning-after pill is now a lifestyle choice

22 July 2017 9:18

Well Boots has climbed down in a battle it was never going to win against Twitter, the mouthy MP Jess…

Game of Thrones returns with more of a whimper than a bang

17 July 2017 17:35

Like an ex-politician with a hot take on Brexit, Game of Thrones is back. The first episode of this seventh,…

English cricket is too glass half-empty for its own good

17 July 2017 16:28

There is, let us be honest, a certain kind of England supporter who derives some cheerful satisfaction from disaster and…

A letter to… The Guardian’s sanctimonious letter writer

16 July 2017 15:01

This one is priceless, believe me. Truly priceless. For a long time now I’ve been buying The Guardian for its…

How Game of Thrones is shaping up as the new season begins

16 July 2017 14:45

After an agonising year-and-a-bit wait, Game of Thrones, the biggest TV show on earth bar none, returns in the early…

Pope Francis is behaving like a Latin American dictator – but the liberal media aren’t interested

12 July 2017 16:01

At the end of June, Pope Francis dismissed Cardinal Gerhard Müller from his position as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of…

Tennis is the real loser at Wimbledon this year

8 July 2017 11:30

Twice in the first few days of this year’s Wimbledon, I have been left mystified by the optimism of the…

Unesco has enacted a grim piece of historical revisionism against Israel

8 July 2017 10:57

Until its liberation in the Six-Day War, Jews were not allowed to climb beyond the seventh step outside Ma’arat HaMachpelah,…

Donald Trump is cutting the Fulbright programme, but I won’t miss it

8 July 2017 10:26

Now Donald Trump really has done it. He’s cutting nearly half the budget of the Fulbright programme, the fund that…

Never mind the Tories, another British institution has the lost the young: the BBC

8 July 2017 9:54

A cherished British institution is facing its Waterloo because young people have come to see it as an irrelevance –…

The funniest video I’ve ever seen

4 July 2017 14:04

I suppose it says something about me, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything funnier than this video –…

The debt elephant in the middle class sitting room

30 June 2017 10:00

At some point in the last ten years, since the financial crisis (for that life-changing decade is an anniversary we…

How to beat villa holiday scams

29 June 2017 10:00

There’s been a surge in fake villa rental websites setting up since January, with fraudsters targeting properties listed on the…

Who is most at risk of identity theft? The answer might surprise you

28 June 2017 11:47

If asked, who would you say are the type of people most vulnerable to identity theft? The young and transient,…