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.
25 February 2013 06:06 PM
Plus: Want an insight into the post-Pollard Report future of the BBC? Look no further than BBC2 this week
21 February 2013 05:21 PM
From mindless juries to Mantelgate, it seems a new virus is raging
18 February 2013 05:25 PM
The Tories do love someone who stacks shelves. They represent enterprise
14 February 2013 05:05 PM
Helping children grow up healthy is an essential part of education
11 February 2013 05:20 PM
Our common sense about foxes has been eroded by the fantasies of film - it is time for some sanity to return to the debate
As Huhne and Pryce have discovered, divorce can be a mystery to those involved – but not to the press
07 February 2013 07:30 PM
The days between the equal marriage bill and St Valentine's day should be a time to celebrate love; instead it's divorce that fascinates us most
04 February 2013 06:54 PM
The writer and philosopher Alain de Botton today released his ten commandments for atheists. They're fine, but lack a little imagination...
31 January 2013 07:14 PM
Just imagine the possibilities if the Royals were just like us...
24 January 2013 06:16 PM
Rather than control the excesses of big business, this Government prefers to make snobby comments about people eating in front of the telly
Radio 4 want Will Self as writer-in-residence. But becoming a national treasure carries a heavy price
21 January 2013 08:09 PM
Plus: Alarmingly, in an age of teenage "sexting" housewife-warrior Mary Whitehouse no longer seems quite as absurd as she once did
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
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- 1 What marriage would look like if we actually followed the Bible
- 2 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 3 The Chinese city where men have 'three girlfriends because there are so many women'
- 4 'Heartbreaking' Syria orphan photo wasn't taken in Syria and not of orphan
- 5 Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition