Happy birthday, spam! Do you mind if we don’t celebrate?

24 May 2014

Junk mail is 20 years old – and there’s more of it every day

Stirling Moss at last year’s Goodwood

Goodwood Festival of Speed

24 May 2014

You smelt them, it was said of the Mongol hordes, before you heard them, and by the time you heard them it was too late. At the Goodwood Festival of… Read more


Why education is no longer the best way to invest in your child’s future

24 May 2014

Investment plans to make even a teenager say thank you


What is an investment trust?

24 May 2014

And is there one for you?


They made me sit an exam on giving financial advice. And I'm glad

The old British tradition of unqualified advisers is one we should be happy is gone


The genome of history

17 May 2014

DNA explains more than you think

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Rape suspects need anonymity

17 May 2014

There’s no way to live down a rape allegation, true or not.It’s time suspects were granted anonymity

President Barack Obama talks with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran

Would Obama bomb Iran?

17 May 2014

Yes, and here’s why, says a former adviser to his defence department


Why the BBC will never match Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation

17 May 2014

No modern critic would dare to match his sweeping statements – indeed, few were up to it in his day

Maajid Nawaz, Mehdi Hasan and Mo Ansar on Newsnight with Jeremy Paxman.

How did Mo Ansar become the voice of British Muslims?

17 May 2014

How did a former bank employee from Hampshire become the voice of British Islam?

The sharp end of the art market: an Aleksandar Duravcevic sculpture at the Cologne Art Fair

The rise of the art fair – and the death of the small gallery

17 May 2014

In the age of the ubiquitous art fair, traditional private galleries are becoming an expensive loss-leader


The gilded generation - why the young have never had it so good

10 May 2014

The statistics speak for themselves. This is a gilded generation

France's opposition Socialists (PS) lead

How France’s left-wing government learned to love austerity

10 May 2014

Hollande’s ‘new start for Europe’ turned out rather like the old one


I am ready to talk about my death. Is anyone else?

10 May 2014

Apparently it’s natural to think about dying, but not to plan your own death

Russian President Vladimir Putin Celebrates Labor Day

No, Putin didn’t plot to invade Ukraine. But now he might have to

10 May 2014

The story of a runaway invasion


Sugata Mitra interview: ‘A reduction in resources can cause something nice to happen’

10 May 2014

The guru of self-guided learning on teaching in prisons and the future of exams


Did most women want the vote?

10 May 2014

Perhaps not – it was the suffragettes’ female opponents who asked for a referendum to check. But it’s easier for us to forget that

Tomorrow We Live

When did it become OK to be boring?

10 May 2014

Being boring was once the worst of all social sins. Now it’s practically compulsory

A monastery in Ladakh

The Himalayas

As the aircraft descends into the high altitude military airport at Leh, the first glimpse of the Himalayan Kingdom of Ladakh is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Situated on an 11,500ft… Read more

The descent of man

Save the male! Britain's crisis of masculinity

3 May 2014

It's not just that women are doing better. Men, on all sorts of measures, are beginning to fall behind


E-cigarettes are making tobacco obsolete. So why ban them?

3 May 2014

The left and the medical establishment ought to get behind this marvellous development

Beyonce in concert on her Mrs. Carter World Tour, Merksem, Belgium - 20 Mar 2014

Why Beyoncé is a conservative icon

3 May 2014

There is no more powerful voice for marriage outside a church or mosque


How to shop for the apocalypse

3 May 2014

The Goldman Sachs executive building for the end of civilisation, and other scenes from America's thriving doomsday business


Guns, gays and the Queen - a former bishop reminisces

3 May 2014

An interview the Rt Revd John Bickersteth, the oldest living former bishop of Bath and Wells


Andrew Neil: Letter from Australia

3 May 2014

No rest for the wicked. We touch down before dawn in Sydney after a 22-hour flight and by 7 a.m. I’m live on radio 2GB with Alan Jones. I’m aware talk… Read more