Blue-and-white china tells a fascinating story – even the modern fake stuff
Increasingly, not to understand faith is not to understand the world
Italy's stand-up populist has some alarming statements in his record – and some even more alarming supporters
He made a joke about punching. Unlike Michael Fabricant’s, it was funny
It's the perfect cause for our narcissistic times
If ever there was a business model ripe for disruption, it’s theirs
The rise of China is giving the developing world a new, authoritarian model
And other joys of Radoy, Norway
Potted crab, oysters with pastis, salt marsh lamb with samphire, apple and rhubarb sherbert
It took an east London bowling alley to make me understand the taste of home
These bottles satisfy my need for middle-class virtue – and my tastebuds
The big brands are harder to beat than you might think
Improvise in my wine tasting? Is this what you meant?
Two centuries after Britain banned small distillers, they’re back – and brilliant
I saw the competitors face off in Tokyo. It’s absurdly rigorous
Al-Qa'eda in Iraq faded away. ISIS may well do too. But don't you dare say 'mission accomplished'...
Why is Index on Censorship cosying up to the tribune of Hacked Off?
…from Jilly Cooper, Rod Liddle, Petronella Wyatt, Rachel Johnson and more
An interview with the coalition’s senior Scot
Plus: Orthodox beaches, the rise of Israeli bacon, and a breakfast request
Forget being ‘spiritual but not religious’. It’s much better to be religious but not spiritual
And they're good hotels, too
The Birmingham schools row is the logical outcome of years of weak policy and political correctness
In America, most mosques profess to teach a version of Islam adapted to the modern world. That's not what I've found here...
Let's drop the cynicism and support Roy Hodgson's England team