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.
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Thursday 11 October 2012
It's perhaps not the most likely YouTube clip to go viral across the English-speaking world. Indeed, a 15-minute speech in the Australian House of Representatives would normally struggle to compete with Cat Dances with Hamster. But an extraordinary demolition job by Aussie PM Julia Gillard on Liberal leader Tony Abbott has made for unmissable viewing.
Friday 05 October 2012
The James Bond films were the vanguard of the sexual revolution. Sean Connery, the suave star of six of the first seven movies, played Bond as a devilish version of elegant Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock's spectacular travelogues To Catch a Thief and North by Northwest.
Saturday 29 September 2012
Who knew that Roseanne Barr was brought up half as a Mormon, half as a Jew? Who knew, indeed, that since she is the Peace and Freedom Party's candidate for the White House, there are in fact one and a half Mormons running for president this year?
Monday 09 July 2012
Hundreds of people including sex workers protested in Paris on Saturday against plans to make soliciting prostitution illegal, criticising a minister's drive to eradicate the practice of paying for sex as counter-productive.
Tuesday 26 June 2012
There is a startling revelation in the latest volume of The Alastair Campbell Diaries, in the entry for 22 May 2003. During a cabinet meeting, the Home Secretary David Blunkett made a brief intervention. "People ought to read Hansard," Blunkett said, "especially when they were recommending 'delete genitalia and insert penis'."
Monday 25 June 2012
While 50 million Egyptians were waiting yesterday to hear that they had elected a Muslim Brotherhood mediocrity over a Mubarak bag-carrier, I paid a visit to the home of Saad Zaghloul. Not for an interview, you understand (Zaghloul died 85 years ago and is buried opposite his house in a mausoleum styled like a pharaonic temple) but as a pilgrimage to a man who might have served Egypt well today, a revolutionary and a nationalist whose Wafd party stood up to the British empire and whose wife, Safeya, was one of the country's great feminists.
Monday 25 June 2012
Zaghloul might be missed today, after an election in which the words 'Islam' and 'security' seemed like interchangeable platitudes
Harriet Walker: Roll up, roll up, the Samantha Brick saga shows that woman-baiting is back in fashion
Thursday 05 April 2012
Samantha Brick is a puppet for a male hegemony that derives its power from the myth that women don't like each other
Wednesday 22 February 2012
Forget what you learned in French class about "madame" and "mademoiselle" - the French government now says women's marital status should not matter - at least when it comes to the country's far-reaching bureaucracy.
Sunday 19 February 2012
A good wife emerges from the shadows
Thursday 12 January 2012
Ajax will be forced to play their Dutch Cup replay against AZ Alkmaar in front of a crowd of children after the original game was abandoned following an attack on the AZ goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado by an Ajax fan.
Sunday 14 August 2011
Wednesday 22 June 2011
Tuesday 08 March 2011
ActionAid campaigner, Florence Apuri, talks about her experiences of being abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army and how this traumatic experience led her to becoming a champion for women's rights in Uganda.
Tuesday 11 January 2011
There will be at least one survey in the press, revealing that women are better than men
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
Ashya King: 'Cruel NHS has not given us the treatment we need', says father of five-year-old with brain tumour who fled to Spain
- 2 Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
- 3 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 4 Cee Lo Green: It is only rape if the victim is conscious