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.
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
12 November 2012 06:38 PM
Thanks to Hilary Boyd's new book and films like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, late-flowering love is finally daring to speak its name
08 November 2012 06:04 PM
What would our world leaders and trendsetters do if they encountered extra-terrestrial beings?
05 November 2012 06:20 PM
Maurice Saatchi feels it would be a "monstrous betrayal" of his late wife to move on
01 November 2012 07:10 PM
We'd rather vote in Strictly Come Dancing than a general election, because we don't want to think. We'd rather just feel
29 October 2012 06:28 PM
It is odd to have such dual morality when it comes to self-exposure.
25 October 2012 06:29 PM
Figures like George Entwistle, who are not made for television, can appear weak and indecisive when they are merely being honest
22 October 2012 07:01 PM
Our national energy policy is big on emotion and hot-air, but small on common sense
11 October 2012 06:05 PM
They all know how to pull off the celebrity apology
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home
- 1 Hells of residence: Inside Macedonia's horrifying student accommodation - where the walls are green and the food is black
- 2 Girl found in the Amazon rainforest with neighbour Grover Morales after going missing for 7 months
- 3 Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
- 4 Rampaging elephant smashes up house but then 'saves crying baby trapped under debris'
- 5 Disney's Frozen is 'very evil' gay propaganda, says Christian pastor