Essays & Opinion
How do you know if you let the wrong person pick you as a friend? Here are some telltale signs.
We are so wrapped in our own deceit that we can no longer even admit it to ourselves.
If publishers of teen magazines and lawyers for civil rights bodies really wanted to change our language for the better then it would help if they actually followed the new rules they tell others to adopt.
The Observer’s restaurant critic has an opinion about international supply chains. It is as trivial as you might imagine.
They get fined for not paying their taxes, they broke the law on dividend payments and their top director enjoys an enormously excessive pay package, but Lush is a luxury cosmetics empire that thinks justice requires them to engage in crude and divisive political campaigning to the detriment of thousands of public servants.
Sometimes it is easiest to thank people without letting them know.
New research on social mobility is suggestive of a relationship with voting behaviour in the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union.
BBC journalist Nick Robinson argues for more alternative opinions to be broadcast, but the best way to encourage alternatives is through many narrowcasters, not one broadcaster pretending to be all things to all people.
One reason I began writing stories was because I felt unsatisfied with many of the stories I would read. When it comes to modern fiction, it often feels like the writer has an agenda which they are determined to hammer into my skull. Perhaps that just means I am out of keeping with the times…