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.
03 January 2013 06:30 PM
At work, in love and in life, no one has worked out the third act
27 December 2012 06:14 PM
There has been no shortage this year of nauseating figures in public life
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
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