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  [2nd August 2016]
Yesterday Radio 4's Today programme quite rightly celebrated Yorkshire Day. They did this by having the renowned northern playwright Barrie Rutter - of Northern Broadsides - speak an ode to the great people and places of Yorkshire. So far, so good. Here is the ode: If you ...
  [28th July 2016]
Earlier this year, Bodyform released a groundbreaking ad. It was groundbreaking because it was about sanitary pads and periods, and because it showed women bleeding. Not menstrual blood, of course, no sanitary pad company is that "brave." " But still, it ...
  [20th July 2016]
I reviewed Tide, by Hugh Aldersley-Williams. I wasn't particularly gripped by the book, but some of its information was, as the Spectator's subheading said, dizzying. I loved best the account of D-Day, for which properly calculating the tides was essential. Here is the ...
  [28th June 2016]
O the mind, the mind has mountains; cliffs of fall Frightful, sheer, no-man fathomed. Hold them cheap May who ne'er hung there. I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day. And I have asked to be Where no storms come. Gerard Manley Hopkins Half close your eyelids, loosen your ...
  [25th May 2016]
The Thudiyalur All Women Police on Tuesday arrested Ramasamy alias Karthik (29), an MBA graduate from Karumathampatty, for allegedly refusing to marry a 20 year old woman with whom he has been having a physical relationship for about five years. The police said that the ...
  [19th May 2016]
I first came to India in 1999. I know the year only because during my trip I had a phone call from my friend Simon Winchester, who asked me to accompany him on a trip from Vienna to Istanbul (the trip became this book). I accepted, ...
  [12th May 2016]
It shouldn't. And even if it does, the pain is probably worth it. My piece for the Guardian's Auto-complete series, on Google's most popular questions. Yes, I still seem to be stuck in the undercarriage. At least it wasn't illustrated by the usual ...