Falling Sideways, By Thomas E Kennedy

White-collar workers bemoan the constraints of corporate life, but find solace in its abstract rhythms. When Freud speculated about the death drive, he argued that repetitive actions mask the desire to return to an inanimate state. Perhaps this explains our attachment to office routine – except that the inactivity of compulsory redundancy makes employees recoil in alarm.

The big six: Seaside retreats in Scandinavia

This sprawling spa resort harbours an 18-hole golf course, swimming pools with an eye-catching diving platform, tennis courts, football pitch and a beach club. Set among pine forests and overlooking the craggy Telemark coastline, the hotel is a picture of modernist chic, with white interiors, hanging wicker chairs, pebble-like sofas and picture windows offering sea views.

Climate change naysayers

There are many high profile naysayers to the much promulgated threat of climate change and global warming.

Stylish Denmark: Take a design tour of Copenhagen

London has its literary walks; Paris conjures up l'esprit d'art. And Copenhagen? Copenhagen breathes design, from the junk shops of Norrebro to the spanking new architecture of the harbour front. Wander aimlessly and you'll still end up on an impromptu design tour. But here are some tips to get you started.

Proms 2, 3 & 4: Gabrieli Consort/Stan Tracey/ Concerto

Paul McCreesh was always bold, but taking Haydn's Creation by the scruff of its neck was an exploit that takes some beating. First, he delivered sections of it accompanied by a string quartet at the Royal Academy, then he gave it with a massively augmented Gabrieli Consort at a Prom. Fair enough: Haydn wanted his masterpiece to be done small as well as big, and his preference was for big. But McCreesh's real coup was to rewrite the original English libretto, wisely keeping those hallowed phrases which have entered the language – "with verdure clad", "the flexible tiger" – and simply making the rest more singable.