The writer and broadcaster Terence Blacker contributes a twice-weekly column on a wide range of social, cultural and environmental issues. He is the author of four novels, of prize-winning fiction for children, and has written a highly praised biography of the brilliant reprobate Willie Donaldson.
17 December 2012 05:50 PM
Sending rushed missives to distant acquaintances says nothing about friendship
13 December 2012 06:29 PM
No other country buys as much online, but does our digital dependency comes at the price of everyday fulfilment?
10 December 2012 07:29 PM
The Independent’s columnist is mystified by the arrival of a 20-page utility bill from E.ON Energy
06 December 2012 05:40 PM
Kids these days have an exaggerated faith in formal qualifications over practical experience. What's wrong with them?
03 December 2012 07:03 PM
Through a quirk of predictive text, our writer is able to anticipate the pope's first batch of holy tweets
29 November 2012 06:43 PM
The think-of-the-kids banner always heralds some unwise and unpopular Government policy, proposals to build on the greenbelt are no exception
The downfall of UBS trader Kweku Adoboli is another morality tale from the City. But have we learnt anything from the Great Crash?
26 November 2012 06:17 PM
We ought to have spurned the grabby ethic of the City - but did the opposite
22 November 2012 05:15 PM
It seems that some of the Olympic good humour lingers on, even for commuters
19 November 2012 06:48 PM
An email from a grandfather bitterly disappointed in his children has reignited the young vs. old debate, and Philip Roth is showing his lighter side
15 November 2012 06:37 PM
Ties are going out of fashion and, with them, leadership itself, but it is when things are falling apart that we need authority most
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
- 1 End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
- 2 This restaurant has misunderstood the concept of 'cheese and biscuits'
- 3 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty
- 4 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 5 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet