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Tuesday, 1 January 2013

  • Editorial: Don't scare North Korea off a Pyongyang Spring
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    So is this a country, and a leader, trying to threaten its neighbours or to court them? On the one hand is North Korea's unmonitored nuclear capability, its missile tests (successful and failed) and its intimidating shows of well-drilled unity. On t...

  • ‘I wouldn’t let my children play with toy guns. In the Congo, theirs is a world of Kalashnikovs’
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    Please donate to our appeal for child soldiers here.My own children at their age were doing childish things. But these children – whom I met in places with names few have ever heard of – carried guns and used them. They were called “Sir” and even “Ge...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Decentralise and cut commuting
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    Many commuters are forced into long-distance commuting by lack of local jobs. But in addition, a culture, not least in the public sector, of 10am meetings in London places impossible burdens on railway facilities. Protests about high rail charges ri...

  • Editorial: Let taxpayers share rail fare pain
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    In fairness, there is no easy answer to the question of how to pay for the railways. The network is crying out for modernisation and expensive programmes such as electrification are long overdue. But although some increase in fares is unavoidable, t...

  • If you ask me…it’s time I expressed my true feelings on alternative medicine
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    So, are you against conventional science?Not at all. It certainly has its place for, say, curing and preventing diseases, explaining our planet, saving our endangered species, tracing our evolution, extending all our life-spans and enhancing the qual...

  • Cosmetic surgery is bad. That women feel the need for it is worse
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    Scroll forward 10 years, and that’s what we might be seeing in Britain: the normalisation of cosmetic surgery and the plasticisation of our faces and bodies. For the increasing number of us going under the knife has been scarily unaffected by recessi...

  • Teacher morale at all time low: Cheer up, Miss, some of us love you
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    At any time in history. But at this precise point in time, with directives, counter-directives, A-Level re-sits, “phonics screening checks” and new exams flying at them left, right and centre, it must be virtually impossible. Unsurprisingly, it now l...

  • Confused? Maybe you’re not drinking enough
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    If so, I’ve got some good news and some bad news. But above all, I have news. Plenty of it. Too much, as usual. Trying to keep up with health advice can feel like surfing the Net for weather forecasts: what you find is always changing, often contradi...

  • It's Charlie Hebdo's right to draw Muhammad, but they missed the opportunity to do something profound
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    First things first – Charlie Hebdo are perfectly within their rights to publish a comic book retelling the life of the Prophet Muhammad. Even though Muslims find any depiction of Islam’s founder to be wrong, they have the right to draw pictures of Mu...

  • Five ways to give to charity this January
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    1. Christmas salesEven charity shops have Christmas sales. Oxfam has an online shop with clothing, books, household items and DVDs - some reduced to £1.99. That's cheaper than most on Amazon, and the money goes to a good cause.2. The DryathlonTake on...

  • New Year’s Vegsolutions: Here’s one resolution that will last - and make you feel good
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    Keep your hand up if your pledge revolves around something to make you feel better about yourself like losing weight, giving up a vice (smoking or chocolate), be a better partner or taking up regular exercise. And who doesn’t want to feel good about ...

  • Swansea University warns that drunken Facebook posts could ruin your career
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    In March, a Swansea student was jailed for posting racially offensive remarks towards Fabrice Muamba. A recent Facebook group encouraged users at the uni to tell their binge-drinking tales and sexual exploits, but registrar Raymond Ciborowski and stu...

  • The 'fiscal cliff' battle underlines why foreign affairs, not domestic policy, will define Obama's second term of office
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    GridlockHowever, whether or not a legislative agreement is ultimately struck to roll-back the US tax rises and government cut backs scheduled from this week, the tortuous nature of the negotiations has already served an early warning for President Ba...

  • Has Cheryl Cole created the most ridiculous dance move of all time?
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    The move, which Popjustice have christened "The Double SexCrab" features in the video for Cole's latest single 'Ghetto Baby' and involves Cole doing the crab (backwards, all fours) on top of another male dancer also doing the crab, while both simulta...

  • Complaints to Ofcom about Channel 4's Big Fat Quiz of The Year - do you think they took it too far?
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    Presenter Jimmy Carr was joined by three teams of two, including Jonathan Ross, James Corden and Jack Whitehall - who said he and Corden had been rather drunk during filming.The quiz is a satirical take on the news and events from the past 12 months....

  • How a culinary backwater like Britain became a nation of foodies
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    You are never quite sure what you'll get with Will – I was once in his company when he used a banana to measure distances on a street map of London – but you can be sure he has thought things through before committing himself to an opinion. So his la...

  • 'Only a game'? You've never played with the Blands
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    Last week was a case in point. The neighbours who came to my parents' place for a Boxing Day party reeled away with the dazed, fragile expressions that I imagine surviving gladiators wore after their first session at the Coliseum. They arrived at sev...

  • 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...

  • You'd call it a very different kind of phone contract
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    At this point, if Gregory were a little older, he might have said “screw you, mom” and stropped off but, crucially, most just-teens still depend on their parents for food, lifts, top-ups. And an iPhone is a big-ticket item, so she's only protecting h...

  • Editorial: A dangerous admission, Sir Martin
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    Now it is advertising mogul Sir Martin Sorrell who may live to regret his candour. According to the WPP chief executive, the amount of corporation tax that large businesses pay is largely "a question of judgement", the final figure dependent more on...

  • 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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