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David Cameron has pledged to double the free childcare entitlement for three- and four-year-olds from 15 hours a week to 30

Who wins on childcare? Nursery battles really matter

If Labour wins, there will be a explosion in the creation of private firms providing wraparound childcare, which is fine, but only if they know what they're doing

Soul & Spirit magazine runs a column by Derek Acorah called “Pet Psychic”

Careless whiskers: Derek Acorah's feline tales from the spirit world

The internet is full of weird and wonderful things, but there are still times when a print magazi.....

Street cool: Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring’s bid to shake up the neighbourhood

Home is where the art is: Will Kensington's latest tourist attraction be denied its chance to grow into a local treasure?

Modern-day architectural follies aren't always aesthetically pleasing but they bring humour and character to samey neighbourhoods

Middle Class Problems: Friends with a pool are great but how to engineer that 'we were just passing' moment on a sunny day?

The friends with the pool are good company at any time, but when the weather hots up, a weekend a.....

Life's a beach, then you jump off a racing boat

I dimly remember an almighty explosion and being thrown about four feet on to the bed

Voice of America in 1951. VoA was founded in 1942 to counter Nazi and Japanese broadcasts

Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Out of America: 'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy

Migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, rest in the harbour of Augusta, Sicily, on 16 April. They arrived in ‘barely seaworthy’ boats

As a nation, we are caught between fear and compassion when it comes to migrants

They are not stealing our jobs; we have stolen theirs, even their lives. They are the flotsam of our failed foreign policies

Women don't have to be touchy-feely to be political

The excruciating impression from last week's challengers' debate was that women are incapable of hard choices or of confronting economic realities

'Secular stagnation' is an ugly term - let's hope we can avoid it

And we'd better make a wish, too, that the optimists are right on the reasons why growth is struggling

An easy-peel potato; Dave Hax has come up with an ingenious method in food preparation

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff

Unexpected technology in the bragging area

Trials are taking place of a global positioning system for wandering groceries

This, “the most important election of our lifetime,” is about unusually important questions of nationhood

General Election 2015: If you want to save the Union, vote... er...?

The one way to make sure Scotland becomes independent would be for England to vote to leave the EU

There are no easy answers to increased demand on the health service

We are the subjects of a political con on NHS funding

The main parties face the future by offering only vague promises, shameless games and a conspiracy of silence

Hollow victory: David Cameron in Benghazi in 2011 after Gaddafi’s downfall

From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

World View: Tony Blair is still pilloried for the decisions he took over Iraq. David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging

Alison Taylor on relationships: We are irretrievably married to ourselves, for richer or poorer

'What's that, love? You're marrying yourself? Come again?" I'm trying to imagine the response I'd.....

Tim Key: I have nothing to say. I wonder if I can spin that out into a column...

I'm running out of things to write about in this column. I've been knocking it out for two years .....

Inside the construction, where reports indicate much of the work may have to be redone over several years

French nuclear power plant failures: There can be no margin for further error

Whatever the outcome of further tests ordered by the French watchdog, Areva has to convince the Office for Nuclear Regulation that it knows what it is doing

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Are you watching, David? This is for you

It was Ed’s “come on if you’re hard enough” moment, one in which he stared into the camera and ap.....

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own