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Illustration for the Edda by Arthur Rackham

The great soap opera of Norse mythology

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Norse myths are having a moment. Or should I say another moment; one of a long chain of moments, in…

If Deutsche Bank goes down without a bailout, I really will eat my hat

1 October 2016 9:00 am

‘Can anyone seriously imagine the German state and corporate establishment allowing the bank that bears their country’s name to go…

My hero Nigel Farage told me the secret of Brexit success

9 July 2016 9:00 am

I am trying to decide with some friends which is worse, English weather or English football. The former is improving…

How does anyone keep up with all the good stuff out there on TV?

19 March 2016 9:00 am

‘We have a problem. Yes. At the wind farm.’ Any conspiracy thriller with lines like that has definitely got my…

Scandi noir reduces you to an exquisitely suicidal state

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Some things I have learned about Iceland after watching six episodes of Trapped (BBC4, Saturdays). 1. They seem to feel…

Liars, stalkers and snipers populate in the latest crime novels

30 January 2016 9:00 am

We fully expect con artists to be caught in a sting themselves, but even with that thought constantly in mind…

What Brexit would look like for Britain

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Life outside the EU would be good for Britain

Euroscepticism is growing all over Europe

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Europhiles have warned us for years of the dangers of Britain leaving the EU. But all the while a different…

Paganism is alive and well – but you won’t find it at a Goddess Temple

14 February 2015 9:00 am

The rise of modern paganism – and the persistence of the real thing

Portrait of the week

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Home Secretary, said that Britons who went to Syria or Iraq to fight could be stripped…

Radek Sikorski's diary: Show Putin what you think of him – eat a Polish apple

16 August 2014 9:00 am

I made a welcome escape from sweltering Warsaw to the cloudy cool of Bodø, halfway up the coast of Norway,…

Why are Scandinavians so happy when they should be so sad? 

25 January 2014 9:00 am

As I sit here in my Sarah Lund Fair Isle sweater, polishing my boxed sets of Borgen and nibbling on…