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.
29 July 2013 06:58 PM
One of life’s cruelest tricks is that, quite without warning, flirtatious behaviour which was once jolly and welcome can suddenly become grotesque and unattractive
Cameron is getting tough on internet porn, so is a Fantasy Tsar now going to decide what's acceptable?
22 July 2013 06:41 PM
It is dangerous to divide the world into the evil and the family-friendly
15 July 2013 06:53 PM
An awareness of the expectations of others is the enemy of storytelling
08 July 2013 07:12 PM
In the hysteria that followed Inverdale’s remark, it occurred to no one that perhaps he was making a sensible point about our looks-obsessed age
02 July 2013 12:00 AM
Reading her despair, I’m aware of a niggling sense of personal shame
24 June 2013 05:48 PM
While the government's drive to improve education has transformedschools in London's inner-city, young people in rural areas are largely missed out
17 June 2013 06:02 PM
At last we have some codification of rock lyrics. But here's an alternative for you...
13 June 2013 05:48 PM
This gangster is treated with a strange amount of indulgence by the press and public
03 June 2013 06:05 PM
The role models here are ruthless figures like Sir Alan Sugar or the sneering bosses on Dragon's Den. There is, boys and girls, another way - one that shuns the limelight
27 May 2013 08:30 PM
If only writers would think twice about sexually motivated murder
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
- 1 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 2 West poised to join forces with President Assad in face of Islamic State
- 3 Mother fed her daughter tapeworms to make her skinny for pageant
- 4 Pamela Anderson rejects ice bucket challenge because of ALS experiments on animals: 'Mice had holes drilled into their skulls'
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27