The attraction of repulsion

31 March 2012 11:00 am

Take some boiled maize, chew it, spit it out, put the mixture into an urn, bury it, dig it up…

Quirky Books: Treasure-troves of trivia

3 December 2011 10:00 am

Connoisseurs of the Christmas gift book market — we are a select group, with little otherwise to occupy our time…

Unpredictable pleasures

20 November 2010 12:00 am

As befits a magazine with an erudite and international readership, I shall begin this review with a short salutation in the Western Greenland Eskimo language: ‘Ata, sûlorsimavutit!’ The phrase, as some of you — although I fear reprehensibly few — will know means: ‘Well, now you have again relieved yourself in your trousers.’ One can, I think, deduce two things from this.

Charmed out of their minds

20 November 2010 12:00 am

David Cameron probably didn’t need reminding while he was in China what fools intelligent people can be when they visit authoritarian regimes.