It should be a symbol of pride in a black British heroine. Instead, a statue of Mary Seacole, to be unveiled on 30 June, has become a source of controversy
The fees, the teaching quality, the syllabus and the aims: all are barriers to higher education for some people. But not any more, says Kashmira Gander. You don’t pay a penny at some “universities”, and come out with just as many benefits
Graphic designer Peter Chadwick’s new book is a love song to the beauty of concrete. Kashmira Gander looks at the social issues underlying the rehabilitated aesthetics
Hollywood films such as Rain Man and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape have introduced neurotypical audiences to the complex condition that is autism (with the help on non-autistic actors). But on Autistic Pride Day, those living with it speak for themselves, and celebrate the unique way that autism affects each of them.
She was among UK pornographers forced to closed down her website due to anti-porn laws
Being cute characters in animated films can be a catastrophe for some wild animals
Paris says that, in a year, you’ll be able to swim in the Seine. But don’t let that stop you going wild in Britain now, says Kashmira Gander
How can poor people hang on when the developers move into an area – and how can the incomers atone? In New York, reports Kashmira Gander, there's a meeting where you can go and bear witness
A group of academics is hoping to rescue laziness from negativity and recast it as a ‘performative notion’
What’s it like to be a female drag queen? There’s really only one way to know. Self-confessed drag addict Kashmira Gander glammed up, took a deep breath and hit the stage...
As the Chelsea Flower Show opens today, Kashmira Gander finds that, from anti-capitalist allotments to community protests, gardening has never been a more political act
The truth behind the drinks splashed across social media
Edward Mapplethorpe grew up in the shadow of his big brother, the photographer Robert, but was also nurtured by him and his circle, not least Patti Smith. Now Edward has produced 'One', including writings by Smith and others - see her poem below - and his own portraits of one-year-old babies. Kashmira Gander asks him about his 'unfinishable non-project'
More than 50% of food wasted comes from home, and most is safe to eat – Ocado is moving to this give food to cafes
Studies show that teenagers feel pressured to have sex, but experts suggest that porn isn't the only problem
An architectural award for libraries led Kashmira Gander to ponder the relationship between space and mood