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How I’d sex down the weather forecast

16 December 2017 9:00 am

I have, for utterly explicable reasons, not been asked to guest-edit Radio 4’s Today this Christmas. Had I, though, I would…

The Lost City of Z is a very long way from a true story — and I should know

1 April 2017 9:00 am

A new Hollywood film portrays Percy Fawcett as our greatest explorer. It’s pernicious nonsense

Why we screenwriters want to work for Netflix more than the BBC

10 December 2016 9:00 am

How the Americans reinvented British television drama

Drama queen: Claire Foy as Elizabeth and Matt Smith as Prince Philip in Netflix’s ‘The Crown’

Is it curtains for BBC drama?

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Power is ebbing from the once-mighty BBC drama department to the likes of Netflix. But is it terminal? Neil Armstrong has the inside story

The Fact and Fiction Bookshop in New Delhi, once a favourite of Pankaj Mishra

Browsing in bookshops: one of life’s great pleasures

8 October 2016 9:00 am

It is not uncommon for writers to be obsessed by bookshops. Some even find their writing feet through loving a…

What really motivates Trustpilot’s Feedback requests

8 October 2016 9:00 am

In olden days, before the internet arrived, shopping was quite simple. You’d go into a shop and buy something, and…

Warehouses the size of football pitches are the new property growth area

1 October 2016 8:00 am

Some time ago my eye was caught by the story of a boy who had taken his father’s credit card…

My fascist moment on the ship of failures

3 September 2016 9:00 am

There are no roads from the Peruvian river port of Iquitos, but the rich take aeroplanes. Those who cannot pay…

What makes Argos worth £1.4 billion? I reckon I know

9 April 2016 9:00 am

When I was at school in the 1970s, some of the richer kids would come back from their summer holidays…

Why the greatest innovations do only one thing, but do it well

12 December 2015 9:00 am

McDonald’s got rid of cutlery. Uber does not allow you to pre-book taxis. Amazon began by selling only books. Conventional…

Lest we forget

Portrait of the week

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Home The all-party Foreign Affairs Committee urged David Cameron, the Prime Minister, not to press ahead with a Commons vote…

Encounters with the nastiest people on the internet

6 June 2015 9:00 am

It is almost a century since the Michelin brothers had the brainwave of supplementing their motorists’ guide with information about…

The joys and sorrows of two-way ratings systems

17 January 2015 9:00 am

‘J’ai failli attendre’ — ‘I almost had to wait’ — allegedly said by Louis XIV when his carriage drew up just a…

Jack O’Connell in ‘Unbroken’ — out next month — one of the few films today with a star writing team, the Coen brothers

How Hollywood is killing the art of screenwriting

29 November 2014 9:00 am

Cinema is tough right now for writers. Thomas W. Hodgkinson reports from the front line at the Austin Film Festival

Why does Amazon think my friend is a kidnapper?

22 November 2014 9:00 am

About four years ago, an irate father in Minneapolis walked into his local Target shop with a complaint. He wanted…

S&M&B&Q: Why aren’t there sex-and-shopping novels for men?

8 November 2014 9:00 am

I never got beyond page 20 in Fifty Shades of Grey. No one got shot in the first chapter, and…

Why the real winner from George Osborne’s ‘Google tax’ could be Nigel Farage

4 October 2014 9:00 am

George Osborne’s promise to crack down on multinational companies’ avoidance of UK taxes by the use of impenetrable devices such…

How to tell a tech bubble from a tech revolution

22 March 2014 9:00 am

Technology investing has come a long way since the dotcom bust

I was forced on to the internet in the 1980s. I still don't belong there

1 March 2014 9:00 am

With regard to modern technology, I find that people of around my age — by which I mean people in…

You'll probably find this book about the ruthlessness of Amazon at a sharp discount on Amazon

30 November 2013 9:00 am

Do you love Amazon? I have to admit that I do, and that I buy books from it far more…

Good on you, Google - in praise of tax avoiders

25 May 2013 9:00 am

Anyone who googled ‘tax avoidance’ this week will have been confronted (between adverts for accountancy firms) with endless stories about…