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Would this Marseille-bound flight be the death of me?

August 13, 2020 1:26 pm

As the chap I was wedged against coughed and sneezed his mask awry, I look out of the window and thought about dying

dating site

I’ve started a dating site for lockdown skeptics

August 13, 2020 1:03 pm

The idea is that if you’re a COVID realist you don’t want to go out with a hysteric who frets about a ‘second wave

war

How to fight a good war

August 13, 2020 12:23 pm

I shall never forget the first time an account of the Battle of Marathon was read to me

surrogacy

Babies on demand: the nasty side of surrogacy

August 7, 2020 1:05 pm

One agency shows a smiling blonde wearing a T-shirt captioned ‘I grow cute babies’

serifos island

Island life is not for me

August 6, 2020 12:43 am

Serifos is an island in the western Cyclades that once upon a time was a place of exiles

civility

How to restore civility in politics

August 4, 2020 12:04 pm

Shrink state power so radically that policy disagreements would be akin to flyweight arguments over the merits of Coke vs Pepsi

arlington

Where the Arlington sidewalk ends

August 3, 2020 4:09 pm

County officials crack down on outdoor congregating

riots

Riots for thee, but not for me

July 30, 2020 4:21 pm

Not In My Back Yard

plane

How to get into a club and onto a plane

July 30, 2020 11:09 am

‘OK, Charlie, put your mask on,’ I whispered. ‘And whatever you do, don’t sneeze’

child trafficking conspiracy theories

The allure of child trafficking conspiracy theories

July 24, 2020 1:27 pm

Why the hysteria is worth challenging

palin

Will masks mean the end of smiling at strangers?

July 23, 2020 12:55 am

London feels like a once-deserted city being slowly re-inhabited

garden yard

Yard envy

July 22, 2020 11:46 am

Lockdown has cruelly exposed my shortcomings

mob elite polanski

The mob mentality of the elite

July 18, 2020 1:57 pm

Wagner believed that Nietzsche went bonkers on account of an excess of masturbation. If that’s true, many present types should be in the nuthouse

johnny depp

My advice to Johnny Depp

July 17, 2020 9:51 am

Yes, I know, it looks bad for him right now, and worse is yet to come

cat

She was just a damn cat — and I loved her

July 16, 2020 8:10 am

In recent months she grew thinner. You could feel her bones through her fur, and that fur sat less smoothly on her skin

hacked

Trick or treat: the pros and cons of being hacked

July 15, 2020 11:26 pm

The scammers showed me how generous my friends really are

kondo

The Kondo effect in politics

July 12, 2020 10:48 am

Does our society spark joy?

lockdown

We’re spending lockdown defending a family of mice

July 9, 2020 8:01 am

You can tell you’ve been locked down in Texas for too long

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Stargazing under lockdown

July 7, 2020 3:28 pm

The late great American astronomer Leslie Peltier was onto something

literary festival

How not to run a literary festival

July 2, 2020 12:09 pm

I will never isolate again, no matter how good it has been for my health

chess

Online chess is the ultimate lockdown sport

July 2, 2020 9:43 am

Unlike real life, the possibilities are never-ending

french

In praise of French doctors

June 27, 2020 11:43 am

Thirty-five years ago, my nurse had competed against an English team who played rugby with a violence that was incredible

city

Bright lights, abandoned city

June 25, 2020 4:20 pm

Americans are no longer moving to their shining cultural capital

switzerland

Switzerland is now an enemy of the rich

June 23, 2020 1:22 pm

The new socialist regime in Bern is out to kill the golden calf and is succeeding

fireworks

The truth about the fireworks

June 22, 2020 9:28 pm

Boredom is causing people to light them. And boredom is causing people to share absurd theories