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This is just sacrilege

Wednesday 28 January

As far as this particular polar bear is concerned, global warming can’t come too soon. I’m talking about the animatronic polar bear that’s currently wandering around London as part of a blanket PR operation to promote a TV drama. Read more

10 reasons why today is not Blue Monday

Monday 19 January

Did you cry on your way to work this morning? Are you wondering why you even bothered to leave the house? Does your life feel more empty and futile than ever? If so, congratulations! You have unwittingly become part of an entirely made-up day of despair, nattily christened Black Monday by someone even more miserable than you.   Read more

Andy Murray's logo: The new dark mark

Thursday 15 January

The look isn’t pretty, but at least Andy Murray’s new logo suggests he has a solid team of wizards to back up the work of his traditional coach, Amelie Mauresmo. Read more

Our 10 most popular pieces in 2014

Tuesday 30 December

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Is obesity a disability?

Thursday 18 December

The European Court of Justice has ruled that obese people could be considered disabled. What do you think? Is obesity a disability? Read more

Was Sony right to pull the The Interview?

Thursday 18 December

Hollywood is on war footing this morning. Rob Lowe – that handsome bloke in Parks and Recreation – has compared Sony’s decision to pull The Interview to Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler. Judd Adaptow is spitting frogs.  Ben Stiller and Steve Carell can’t raise a smirk between them, both lamenting the collapse of freedom of expression. Read more

Did anyone win Question Time?

Friday 12 December

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Can torture ever be justified?

Thursday 11 December

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Should Britain return the Elgin Marbles?

Friday 5 December

The Elgin Marbles are leaving British soil for the first time since they were brought here in the 19th century, but only for a brief sojourn to Russia. Read more

Is Russell Brand a hypocrite?

Thursday 4 December

Russell brand has threatened legal action against The Sun, after the tabloid ran a front page labelling him a hypocrite yesterday. " He rants against high rents and tax avoidance," the cover read, "but he pays £76k a year to tax-dodge landlords". Read more

The super-rich now live in their own Elysium - they breathe better air, and eat better food, when they're not making beans on toast for their kids

The super-rich now live in their own Elysium

They breathe better air, eat better food, take better medicine
A generation of dropouts failed by colleges

Dropout generation failed by colleges

£800m a year wasted on students who quit courses before they graduate
Entering civilian life 'can be like going into the jungle' for returning soldiers

Homeless Veterans appeal

Entering civilian life can be like going into the jungle
Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Fifty Shades of Grey director on bringing the hit to the screen
As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch