Features

Here in freezing Chicago we’re secretly rooting for global warming

9 February 2019 9:00 am

One of the few pleasures of advancing age is that, no matter how awful some looming catastrophe may be, you…

The big chill: Few winter swimmers bother with wetsuits

The teeth-chattering joys of cold-water swimming

9 February 2019 9:00 am

The woman on the path has come to a dead stop. She’d been shuffling along in that bunched-up posture we…

Theresa May has been given a second chance to save Brexit. She’d better not blow it

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Theresa May will soon arrive in Brussels with a series of unlikely demands. She must tell the European Union that…

Europe still thinks Britain will come out worse from Brexit

2 February 2019 9:00 am

The EU still doesn’t understand Brexit

Fear and foie gras: a Caracas notebook

2 February 2019 9:00 am

A man stopped me in the street in Caracas and grabbed my hand. I was alarmed, but tried not to…

The future of your health could soon be in the NHS’s hands

2 February 2019 9:00 am

The DNA revolution presents an amazing opportunity for the NHS

Gas vs inductions hobs: is there any competition?

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Induction hobs are all the rage, but nothing beats gas

Addicts love talking about their addiction – but haven’t we suffered enough?

2 February 2019 9:00 am

When did alcoholics forget the bit about being anonymous?

True crime has never been more popular, but it often forgets the families left behind

2 February 2019 9:00 am

True crime too often ignores the fate of victims’ families

Cairn on Beinn Eighe in the Highlands

The big difference between a pile of stones and Piles of Stones

2 February 2019 9:00 am

There are piles of stones and then there are piles of stones. Anyone can place one rock upon another, but…

The war on meat has begun – and vegans are winning comfortably

26 January 2019 9:00 am

The battle over meat is just beginning

Looking for a guilt-free vegetable? Good luck with that

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Cutting out meat will not solve the world’s problems

Britain has fallen out of love with Italy – as have the Italians

26 January 2019 9:00 am

We have fallen out of love with Italy – and no wonder

Mugabe mark II: Why Mnangagwa’s rule in Zimbabwe may not last very long

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Zimbabwe was never going to change under Mnangagwa

Justin Welby: Catholic or Protestant – who cares?

26 January 2019 9:00 am

The Archbishop of Canterbury on God, politics and Christian unity

Davos diary: A party conference for the guilty rich

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Somehow I had managed more than a quarter of a century in journalism without ever going to Davos. It had…

Britain might run out of top-class judges

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Fewer QCs these days aspire to the bench

Constable’s ‘The Hay Wain’ (1821)

In Constable’s ascension, Jesus just looks quite awkward

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Constable painted only three religious paintings, and when you see the one in St Mary’s Church in Dedham you realise…

The brutal truth is that May is heading towards a softer Brexit

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Backbench MPs want to take back control of Brexit. Will they succeed?

The truth about Trump’s shutdown? It’s not as bad as people make out

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Trump’s shutdown is starting to hit his working-class voters

The dangers of ‘neurodiversity’: why do people want to stop a cure for autism being found?

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Why are people against the idea of curing autism?

If you’ve got taste, you don’t look at Instagram to decorate your home

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Homes should be characterful, not copied

Pirates of the Caribbean: How Venezuela’s near collapse is causing a crisis on the seas

19 January 2019 9:00 am

As Venezuela collapses, desperate fishermen are turning to kidnapping and drug smuggling

People who don’t live in council houses can’t see the appeal. Let me explain

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Having a council house is the best thing that ever happened to me