Tag Archives: UK news

Why Harry Potter and Paddington Bear are essential reading for grown-ups

Oxford don champions childrens books as figures show that sales to adults are soaring By day, she researches the poetry of John Donne as a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. But in the evening, when Michael Bond has built into his books is one of hope. Things which appear to be negative turn out Read more »

Wellness: just expensive hype, or worth the cost?

From superfoods to yoga, this 500bn-plus global industry often comes at a high price Exhausted from working 15-hour days running her own marketing agency in London, Jo Millers evenings would consist of a cocktail of takeaways, Ubers and impulse purchases. Id end up spending 100 at Waitrose, grabbing a takeaway or going out for dinner Read more »

Brexit is our generations Dunkirk, but this time there will be no salvation | Will Hutton

A new film captures a time when industrial power and innovation were key to our survival. Oh, for that spirit today All countries and societies have their myths and film Dunkirk, released this week, is the compelling blockbuster account of those dark weeks seen through the eyes of the participants and will give the myth Read more »

Ten alternative facts for the post truth world

From Nineteen Eighty-Four and Malcolm Tucker to Vote Leave and Donald Trump playing fast and loose with the truth has moved from fiction to real life A word on definition: post truth is emphatically not the same as lies, spin and falsehood. What is new is not mendacity but the publics response to it the Read more »

Boris Johnson grilled over past outright lies at uneasy press conference

Foreign secretary endures awkward outing as reporters repeatedly press him to explain previous insults about world leaders Boris Johnson was embarrassingly forced on to the back foot during his first London press conference as foreign secretary on Tuesday as he was repeatedly pressed to explain his past outright lies and insults about world leaders, including Read more »

Welcome to the new age of uncertainty

Will Brexit ever happen? Could Trump win? Is my job safe? The future right now looks headspinningly unpredictable. Is there any way to avoid this fear, anxiety and paralysis, and learn to thrive in a world in flux? One day recently, I sat in a school hall listening to a headteacher explain why us parents Read more »

Dhaka’s Dickensian workhouses should shame us all

A damning study says children in the slums of Bangladesh work over 42 hours a week, often at factories supplying to the west Charles Dickens was outraged by child labour and for good reason: he had first hand experience of working long hours for little pay in bad conditions. By the time Dickens came to Read more »

Ten alternative facts for the post truth world

From Nineteen Eighty-Four and Malcolm Tucker to Vote Leave and Donald Trump playing fast and loose with the truth has moved from fiction to real life A word on definition: post truth is emphatically not the same as lies, spin and falsehood. What is new is not mendacity but the publics response to it the Read more »

Boris Johnson grilled over past outright lies at uneasy press conference

Foreign secretary endures awkward outing as reporters repeatedly press him to explain previous insults about world leaders Boris Johnson was embarrassingly forced on to the back foot during his first London press conference as foreign secretary on Tuesday as he was repeatedly pressed to explain his past outright lies and insults about world leaders, including Read more »

Welcome to the new age of uncertainty

Will Brexit ever happen? Could Trump win? Is my job safe? The future right now looks headspinningly unpredictable. Is there any way to avoid this fear, anxiety and paralysis, and learn to thrive in a world in flux? One day recently, I sat in a school hall listening to a headteacher explain why us parents Read more »