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Paganism is alive and well – but you won’t find it at a Goddess Temple

14 February 2015

Religion, as a special category of life, is a modern, Protestant invention and the most anachronistic feature of modern paganism is that it so eagerly claims to be a religion at all

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My moment of mortification with Saint Joan Collins

14 February 2015

She was magnificent. Then something terrible happened

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EastEnders wanted to show Thatcher’s Britain. These days it would make Maggie proud

14 February 2015

In its efforts to reflect the real world, the BBC’s flagship soap has unconsciously embraced the Tory vision

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The trouble with Kids Company

14 February 2015

It’s a favourite charity of David Cameron and many celebrities. But does it do what it claims to do?

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Five questions to help you take control of your pension

14 February 2015

More freedom means more chance to make mistakes. Here’s how to use the Osborne reforms responsibly

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As oil prices plunge, I want to profit from the next spike. Here’s how

14 February 2015

A careful contrarian’s guide to betting against the oil bust

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Worry about the eurozone crisis if you like. But profit, too

14 February 2015

How much the economy does or doesn’t grow from here is neither here nor there for the stock market

A sniff of the ancient world: Fez’s tanneries

A walk through Fez is the closest thing to visiting ancient Rome

14 February 2015

For the visitor, Fez offers up extremes by the hour, be it the beggar a palatial riad hotel or hammer blows from the metalworkers market set against the calm of the mosque

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The march of the new political correctness

7 February 2015

I hoped that the British sense of the ridiculous, our relish in piss-taking, would keep us safe. Now I’m not so sure

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An A-to-Z guide to the new PC

7 February 2015

From appropriation to zero tolerance, everything you need to keep an eye on while checking your privilege

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Under this government, our prison system is falling apart

7 February 2015

When I started visiting Wormwood Scrubs, it was pinched but peaceful. Now our prisons are pits of despair

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The Tooting poisoner and the relentless rise of the urban fox

7 February 2015

In my London neighbourhood, an argument about wildlife is turning very nasty indeed

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Why calling for an ‘Islamic Reformation’ is lazy and historically illiterate

7 February 2015

Martin Luther wasn’t trying to create a more liberal political order. It’s time to talk about what really happened

Typographical errors used to be the preserve of craftsmen - this one is a compositor showing off to visitors at the Daily Express in 1948. Now anyone can make them. Photo: Getty

The most expensive typing error ever?

7 February 2015

Nasa’s missing hyphen; the extra ‘s’ that could cost £8.8 million; and recipes for disaster

Calm and colourful: Burano

How to walk along canals in Venice without feeling like a tourist

7 February 2015

The islands of Burano and Murano, famous for lace and glass, are the best bet for a quiet lunch and cappuccino

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Europe’s crisis is Cameron’s opportunity

31 January 2015

For the election campaign, and for the negotiations that might follow it, Syriza’s victory opens some promising vistas

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Confusion, snobbery and Pegida – a letter from Dresden

31 January 2015

The views of the Stammtisch (the pub regulars) are a growing force in Germany, but they have yet to find someone to articulate them in the public sphere

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As a republican, I used to look forward to Charles III. Now I’m scared

31 January 2015

The Prince of Wales has shown himself too vain to accept the limits of constitutional monarchy

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The Tories have one real success in government – and they’re scared to talk about it

31 January 2015

Despite all the spin from the left, the school reforms have made a huge, positive difference. It’s time someone in power said so

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Why would someone pay hundreds of pounds for one snowdrop bulb? I think I know

31 January 2015

What makes snowdrop mania particularly strange is that, unlike gorgeous, colourful tulip flowers, the variations between snowdrops are almost too tiny to spot

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The benefits of breeding like a rabbit

31 January 2015

Why I’m happy to have six children (and why I think the Pope’s on my side)

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Only capitalism can save Nigeria

31 January 2015

Deeply divided and full of potential, this country could be headed for a boom – or a coup

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History is the art of making things up. Why pretend otherwise?

31 January 2015

In a recent interview, the celebrity historian and Tudor expert David Starkey described Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall as a ‘deliberate perversion of fact’. The novel, he said, is ‘a magnificent,… Read more

Decades in the making: Glasgow School of Art

The long ordeal of Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art

31 January 2015

The fire was only another chapter in a decades-long struggle

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Send in the clowns - how comedy ate British politics

24 January 2015

It’s not just Al Murray: British politics is increasingly about who has the most popular joke. The consequences won’t be funny