The edge of the Gobi desert, some 100km northwest of Beijing (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty)

The madness of the Beijing Winter Olympics

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Jumping the shark isn’t yet an Olympic sport, but if it were the International Olympic Committee would be a shoo-in…

Channing Tatum and Steve Carell

Foxcatcher: piercing, shattering, spellbinding

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Foxcatcher is a crime drama (of sorts) that has already been dubbed ‘Oscarcatcher!’ as it barely puts a foot wrong.…

London’s real Olympic legacy: paying to build the stadium twice

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Giving London’s Olympic stadium a ‘legacy’ is proving to be a very costly business

Don't hug me! (Even though sometimes it's rather nice)

19 October 2013 9:00 am

Have we gained from abandoning the handshake?

Land of Second Chances, by Tim Lewis - review

27 July 2013 9:00 am

This is a book about Rwanda. It’s a book about cycling. But it’s not, in the end, a book about…

Taking Olympic history to Manchester

9 March 2013 9:00 am

To Manchester for an address to the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society for the Kilburn Lecture on ‘The Future of…

The price of gold

26 May 2012 2:00 pm

The Olympics has become a competition in throwing money at minor sports

The true cost of the Olympics

11 December 2010 12:00 am

London is being forced to lay on five-star luxury for the scores of grandees who run the Games. We reveal the documents the Olympic organisers did not want you to read