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Magical thinking now dominates our politics

UKIP, the SNP and the Greens cut through all the complexity and noise. They say quite simple things,...

Sir Howard Davies: the full transcript

* Many bankers are still overpaid * The Chancellor's Help to Buy subsidies are not a good idea * B...

Pink bus is patronising: ComRes poll

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Will Self: London thinks only of itself. The rest of the country is just there to be bled dry

If you walk into the heart of England, you find a society as divided as that of the metropolis

Will Self: Joy Division and a Vesta curry

When I was 20 I tried to spend Christmas alone. It was a protest – of sorts – and also an actualisation of a deep and twisted disappointment in family, love, cosiness and cheer – all of which I held to be, in this the climactic period of my protracted adolescence, Yuletide lies and festering festive spirits.

PsychoGeography: Journey's end

In Ibiza the night proceeds according to plan: we set off in convoy, several cars full of us. True, we're going to a party in a swanky villa on the other side of the island, but while half our company are teenaged, the rest of us are past the age when we can do any raving – except against the dying of the light. Then: solid darkness, with headlights gouging it out to expose switchback roads and useless signs. The mobile phone calls begin: like the echo location of decadent bats. Some Ibizan parties can be found by following lizards stencilled on walls, others by pink balloons, but the turning for this one – or so we're assured through the ether – will be clear to us because of a strategically placed pile of three white phones.

Will Self: Holy cow!

PsychoGeography: Once again the British cattle industry was near-annihilated

Will Self: Frozen music

PsychoGeography: If Brutalism is heavy metal, then what of postmodernism? Can it be equated with drum’n’bass?

Will Self: Peak condition

PsychoGeography: Which philosopher said that reading his fellow thinkers was like watching an ape play with a box of matches?

Will Self: A seer in Provence

PsychoGeography: The upland villages of Provence all look like mini collapsed towers of Babel

Will Self: A real cliff hanger

PsychoGeography: "See there, I reckon that'll be next to go, bit in 't middle went a few days ago."

Will Self: Slip slidin’away

PsychoGeography: Beyond Bridlington things got – as Alice would say – curiouser and curiouser

Will Self: Some like it hot

PsychoGeography: 'I’ve been pummelled in hammams from Fez to Cappadocia, emerging feeling like pizza dough'

Will Self: PsychoGeography

The crude facts

Will Self: PsychoGeography

Kitchen confidential

Will Self: PsychoGeography

Asylum years

Will Self: PsychoGeography

Golden balls

Will Self: PsychoGeography

Postcard from Cognac
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