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  • Editorial: 2013 is the year to rebuild trust in our institutions
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    Change is, of course, inevitable. This will be the year, for example, when the number of internet-connected mobile devices will overtake the number of desktop and laptop computers. But on both the economic and the political fronts, the outlook seems...

  • Editorial: Still teetering on the brink of the fiscal cliff
    Tuesday, 1 January 2013

    There is, of course, no guarantee that the House will agree to the Senate's proposals. Plenty of opposition remains on both sides – from outraged liberal Democrats who wanted tax increases on all incomes of £250,000 or more, and from Republicans sta...

  • Every woman in India is likely to have experienced some sexual harassment
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    But every Indian woman has one thing in common: they have almost certainly experienced some kind of sexual harassment. If you are an Indian woman in a public space, you are forever on edge, looking out for men standing too close, wondering if that gr...

  • This dysfunctional system has just kicked the can down the road
    Tuesday, 1 January 2013

    Some observers have glibly asserted that the stalemate is precisely what the country's founding fathers envisaged, with the constitution's elaborate system of checks and balances. But Messrs Washington, Jefferson, Madison and the rest could never hav...

  • Letters: Science suffers when education is a scramble
    Tuesday, 1 January 2013

    In physics, for example, the best way to teach Ohm's law is through practical work with resistors, batteries, ammeters, voltmeters and bits of wire. Yet, with too many subjects, the time to teach physics may be squeezed to the point where, unless th...

  • Editorial: The logic of 20mph speed limits
    Tuesday, 1 January 2013

    The most compelling argument is, of course, the question of safety. Not only do drivers travelling at slower speeds have more time to react. The damage inflicted by hitting a pedestrian at 20mph, as opposed to 30mph, is also markedly reduced. Indeed...

  • We’re obese for the same reason we’re in debt – we prefer to forget the future
    Tuesday, 1 January 2013

    On Monday, I missed them. I was writing a piece for the paper, and thought that writing suddenly seemed difficult without mince pies. I couldn’t remember how you were meant to think without the help of pastry, and sugar, and dried fruit. I’m still no...

  • Let's make Lord Coe King of the Jungle
    Tuesday, 1 January 2013

    Some people do object to the honours he’s granted, questioning his financial arrangements or recalling his time as a Conservative MP. But these issues are irrelevant. Because what really makes you sick is he’s the World Champion smarmy neat and tidy ...

  • IDS’s rebirth is one of the wonders of the age
    Tuesday, 1 January 2013

    Sung to the tune of La Donna e Mobile, and increasingly popular with a north London crowd as the tournament progressed, the lack of lyrical variety is its least disappointing aspect. “We pay your benefits, we pay your benefits,” it goes, “we pay your...

  • The technology of 2023
    Wired Tuesday, 1 January 2013

    They have a better track record than most; in 2003, the tech magazine published an article predicting the arrival of wrist phones, data goggles, and food safety gadgets by 2013.By 2023, according to Wired, we'll be able to use foldable screens - so i...

  • It's vital we teach social networking skills in school
    Tuesday, 1 January 2013

    As with learning to read, swim or play good football children will be much more effective social networkers with support, guidance and help than without. They need to be able to capitalise on all the advantages of Facebook or Twitter without the disa...

  • Face it, you're not going to keep your resolutions
    Jezebel Tuesday, 1 January 2013

    "Why set yourself up for disappointment?" asks Lindy West. "The only foolproof way to meet your goals is to actually set meetable goals". This means if you resolve to get fit, say, try and scale back commitments. "Don't bankrupt yourself on gym membe...

  • Farewell 2012, the year Britain found its confidence
    Tuesday, 1 January 2013

    A new year, a new alcohol regime. A few of my friends usually give up drinking for the whole of January, some practise one week on, one week off for the whole year, and others, in the wake of New Year's Eve piled on to Christmas over-indulgence, vow ...

  • A resolution to give a little more
    Tuesday, 1 January 2013

    While the recorder club is most embarrassing – not only because it is a ridiculously easy instrument to play and I was the worst player – I was always proud of being charity rep.In primary school, every year at Christmas I helped* my mum fill shoebox...

  • The founder of the modern Olympics wasn't alive to see 2012, but he would have loved it
    Tuesday, 1 January 2013

    This is especially true today, as 1 January 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin. Coubertin’s personal motto was “look far, speak frankly, act firmly,” but even he could not ha...

  • Rhodri Marsden: The most socially tricky New Year's revolution
    Tuesday, 1 January 2013

    How very different to my own new year tradition, which consists of sitting very still with a flannel on my forehead and vowing to consume neither cake nor ale for the foreseeable future.I'm writing this slightly in advance of the first of January, bu...

  • The 20mph limit makes streets safer, so why not enforce it?
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    The York zone was introduced just down the road from me earlier this summer and, to be honest, it was only while researching this article that I became aware of it – despite driving through the area at least three or four times a week.Still, now I kn...

  • Why we have to stay and help in this war-torn country
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    Please donate to our appeal for child soldiers here.This is a desperately poor country with many challenges even in peaceful times: nearly 70 children under five die every day, and 41 per cent are stunted due to poor nutrition. The situation means pe...

  • The lost boys of Sudan's civil war
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    Please donate to our appeal for child soldiers here.“The one thing I remember is my parents,” says Abraham Kur Achiek. He cannot be sure what year he was born as the people who would know died while he was still a child. His hometown of Bor, in what ...

  • Letters: Aren't we already over the cliff?
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    If that is, indeed, the consensus, then why on Earth is our Government in Britain pursuing such policies as a matter of course? Equally, and based on the consensus referred to above, is it not therefore logical to deduce that spending rises and tax ...

  • Editorial: A hunt chasing the wrong fox
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    First come accusations of political motivation, on account of the Heythrop being David Cameron's local hunt and the Government having backed off from the Tory-promised free vote on a repeal of the ban. The RSPCA denies the allegation, claiming – ent...

  • My New Year's Resolutions*, by the people who made 2012 great
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    My achievements in 2012 have made me even humbler than I was before. Yes, I have presided over the most successful Olympic Games ever. It’s true I’ve put the smile and the pride back into British hearts. If there were a gold medal for leadership, I’d...

  • Could Saudi Arabia be next?
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    My crystal ball broke long ago. But predicting the region has an honourable pedigree. “An Arab movement, newly-risen, is looming in the distance,” a French traveller to the Gulf and Baghdad wrote in 1883, “and a race hitherto downtrodden will present...

  • If you ask me...I'm sticking with my 'twosie' - a more toilet-friendly outfit by far
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    Now, on to the onesie, which I have heard praised to the skies from all quarters. A onesie is cosy. A onesie is just the sort of thing to curl up in. A onesie is so comfortable. A onesie is all the joy that 100 per cent polyester has to give. A onesi...

  • Granta's once-a-decade list of rising novelists is more important than ever
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    Before 1983, the promotion of novelists was a haphazard, gentlemanly sort of affair. A publisher might recommend a young novelist to a literary editor, they might acquire a readership, an interview or two might take place, and a small lecture tour of...

  • If we want to prevent the kidnapping of children like Atiya, we must tighten UK border controls
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    And this did indeed seem to be a case where the rights and the wrongs were clear, unlike that of the Scottish 12-year-old, Molly Campbell, who chose to live with her father in Pakistan and recently returned to the UK. It was unusual, too, in the read...

  • Forty years on, the benefits of EU membership are no longer compelling
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    I may be missing something; but there do not seem to be any such celebrations, either in Brussels or Blighty, to mark the 40th anniversary of what must be accounted the most significant moment – at least symbolically – in post-war British history. Th...

  • Virgina Ironside's Dilemmas: I ran off with my husband's best friend. What now?
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    Virginia says...The two options you give yourself are typical after a separation. One is to take your husband for every penny he's got. A horrible idea. The other is to see yourself as the guilty party (or, in this case, your current partner: I find ...

  • I dreamed a dream... the master of the house liked musicals
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    A friend of mine, who I shan't name because I value my kneecaps, got me thinking about it. A nice chap, bit of a lad, into his footie and clever American novels, has been avidly awaiting the release of Les Miserables at the cinema (less than two week...

  • An Ode to 2012
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    For a few golden weeks in the sun We showed the world how to swim, jump and run Our Olympians soared The crowds cheered and roared (But mainly when a Briton had won) Yes, we felt proud once more of our nation Lord Coe took a standing ovation An...

  • The wealth gap may not be growing, but wealth continues to be redistributed upwards
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    Static but unequalRentoul is correct in part. For the bulk of the population, the income gap has remained pretty static both up to 2007 and between 2008 and 2010/11 ( the latest year of available data ). Incomes amongst the well off ( just below the ...

  • The best US politics memes of 2012
    Politico Monday, 31 December 2012

    So did they matter? Politico makes a good case that the "Texts from Hillary" meme succeeded where teams of spin doctors failed and gave Hillary Clinton the hip, youthful makeover necessary to make her a serious contender come 2016. In retrospect, it'...

  • PHOTOS: Children's bedrooms around the world
    Mother Jones Monday, 31 December 2012

    As revealed in this extract on motherjones.com, however, the insights these photos reveal - about global poverty, mental health and cultural difference - are much more complicated. 9-year-old Jaime from Fifth Avenue New York is one of the lucky ones....

  • Kimye reactions: Kim Kardashian is pregnant with Kanye West's baby
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    The Kardashian family are predictably excited. Little sister @KhloeKardashian tweets "Keeping secrets is hard with so many family members! Especially when you are so freaking excited!!!!! LOVE is everything!!!!"Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons was ...

  • We must help the children of war
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    Please donate to our appeal for child soldiers here.During a motorbike journey across Africa with Charley Boorman, I travelled to a place called Gulu in Northern Uganda. Charley and I had the opportunity to talk to children who had been forced into t...

  • Does Arab progress founder on an ossified language?
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    But the French version also takes the definite article ‘les’ – so it can’t be the Arabs’ fault. Or does this all come about because the language Arabs speak and the language they write is not the same. Does it lack clarity? I hear this all the time –...

  • Editorial: Let's see you rubbish recycling, Mr Pickles
    Tuesday, 1 January 2013

    According to figures from elsewhere in Whitehall, nine of the 10 councils that have cut rubbish rounds to fortnightly – a practice somewhat emotively labelled "lazy and unnecessary" by Mr Pickles' department – have seen a sharp rise in recycling. Pa...

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