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What are newspapers for? Mostly, we reckon we have a certain amount of time and it isn’t enough to do all the things we have to do. And we’re confused when it’s the other way round: the things we have to do fill only… Read more

In the kitchen, a small crisis. Something Must Be Done about the cookery books, which are threatening to take over, and may soon leave one of us in the same boat as poor old Leonard Bast (killed, in EM Forster’s… Read more

I’m paying my penance today for a hell of a lot of travel, and a late night on Saturday. Sore throat, streaming cold, and generally feeling sorry for myself. But what a late night it was. This time last year I wrote… Read more

Who doesn’t enjoy sticking a cotton bud in their ear? To twist gently, pull it out and examine the white tip turned to yellow? Q-tips were part of many childhoods. The Q-tips website has users sharing how they use buds… Read more