Tom Hodgkinson is a writer and the editor of The Idler.
Campaigners call for 30-hour working week to allow for healthier, fairer society - and more time for fun
24 April 2014 07:35 PM
Bring it on, says Tom Hodgkinson, editor of 'The Idler'
Tom Hodgkinson: People crave adventure and romance, and they're rarely on offer from a corporate job
20 April 2014 12:00 AM
Are small businesses the future? I ask this as I have just returned from a meeting of a project called the Power of Small at the Royal Society of Arts, designed to research the growth of small business and find out what is driving it.
Tom Hodgkinson: When the dirham was invented 1,400 years ago, it was pegged to the price of a chicken. Its buying power is the same today
06 April 2014 12:00 AM
What is money? It is a means of exchange. You buy a book from me for £10 and I use the £10 to buy food. It kind of works. The problem is that national currencies do not keep their value. If I bury a £1 coin in the back garden and dig it up in 100 years' time, it will be worthless.
Tom Hodgkinson: In London, God has all the best schools - and so it is that the atheists get all hypocritical
23 March 2014 12:00 AM
In an episode of the brilliant sitcom Outnumbered, one parent says to another, during a discussion about school places: "Did you lie about your religion or lie about where you lived?"
09 March 2014 12:00 AM
For the past three days we have been home-schooling my nine-year-old son, Henry. The reason is that we are waiting for a place to come up for him at London's busy schools. OK, I accept three days is not enough time to present a detailed research document. But let me offer a couple of reflections.
23 February 2014 12:00 AM
The Geeks have inherited the Earth, and the middle classes are angry. Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo! and YouTube have created gigantic ad-sales scams that exploit the creativity of ordinary people and bring money and power to a new elite of nerds, which we could label the geekocracy.
Tom Hodgkinson: We would all like to float around on a cloud of unknowing. But it don't pay the rent
09 February 2014 12:00 AM
Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing at all. In the West, we are brought up to believe that hard work is the answer to every problem. We must act, we must act now, and we must act decisively. Strivers are praised; skivers are condemned.
26 January 2014 12:00 AM
Like many men, I am a lazy, good-for-nothing, selfish, forgetful, patronising, sex-obsessed bastard who drinks too much. Or so my wife points out. It's strange that I have ended up like this. I tried not to. I really did.
Tom Hodgkinson: 'The only booming businesses are booze and payday lenders. No one buys books. The high streets are collapsing'
11 January 2014 12:00 AM
In the run-up to Christmas I found myself watching a lot of telly. My friends accuse me of hypocrisy since I used to rail against the evils of TV and even advised people, in a book, to chuck out their telly. I defend myself by blaming my children: I felt bad denying them the pleasures of schoolyard conversation about The X Factor.
29 December 2013 12:00 AM
It's often said that those who have failed in adult life look to their children to succeed. They become pushy parents and live vicariously through their children's achievements. This is now happening to me. But I'm not hoping that my children will become lawyers or doctors or hedge-fund managers. I'm hoping that they'll be good at skateboarding.
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Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
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