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Lapwing

13 March 2014 3:00 pm

Lapwing leans against the wind, First hint of changing season Come to turn the soil to stone And bring the…

Europe's 'new world order' is letting Vladimir Putin run riot

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Putin has now broken the post-Cold War consensus for good. But Russia may not enjoy the results

Today Crimea, tomorrow Estonia?

8 March 2014 9:00 am

For eastern Europeans, the Crimean crisis feels very close to home

Is any kind of sex still taboo in literature?

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Is there any kind of love that novelists still can’t touch?

Patrick McLoughlin on HS2, rebellion and Ukip

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Transport Secretary and ex-miner Patrick McLoughlin on chasing Ukip and why HS2 won’t be a done deal by the election

How the politically correct garden grows

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Gardens should be places of pleasure, not eco-correctness

Simon Callow’s notebook: What it’s like to lose at an awards ceremony

8 March 2014 9:00 am

It was one of those weeks. On Monday, I was in four countries: I woke up at crack of dawn…

When a survivor of Auschwitz asks for your story, what do you say?

8 March 2014 9:00 am

What do you feel when a survivor of Auschwitz tells you their story?

If homophobia is a problem for bobsled, why is it OK for cricket?

8 March 2014 9:00 am

If anti-gay laws make it wrong to ski in Russia, don’t they also make it wrong to play cricket in Bangladesh?

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Notes on... Venice

8 March 2014 9:00 am

For Henry James it was ‘the repository of consolations’. Wordsworth, an earlier visitor, called it ‘the eldest child of liberty’.…

Why David Cameron's 'Northern Alliance' may reshape Europe

1 March 2014 9:00 am

He has assembled a group of like-minded Europeans who have a plausible agenda to reshape the EU

Back to school with Lord Baker

1 March 2014 9:00 am

The former Education Secretary is still remaking the school system at the age of 79

I’m scared to admit to being a Tory in today’s C of E

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Believe me, it’s not easy to be a Tory in today’s C of E

The joy of online hatred

1 March 2014 9:00 am

I know it’s not for everyone, but an online bitch-fight is so bracing

The night that saved England

1 March 2014 9:00 am

If he hadn’t survived the Twelfth Night raid of 878, England as we know it might never have existed

The great art of country houses is still getting better

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Last year 114,000 people flocked to Houghton Hall in north Norfolk for a once-in-a lifetime opportunity. Part of the great…

Vladimir Putin's new plan for world domination

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Russia is returning as an ideological force in the world – to champion conservative values

this is a message

22 February 2014 9:00 am

As I make my way to the greenhouses a seagull kills me in its pure white throat. Quiet in the…

The Environment Agency cares more about wildlife than people

22 February 2014 9:00 am

The Environment Agency may not be much use to humans, but it does great things for the depressed river mussel

Don’t you dare tell me to check my privilege

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Welcome to feminism in the age of intersectionality

The church of self-worship: Sunday morning with the atheists

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Sunday morning among the atheists

Why has Britain signed up for the world’s most expensive power station?

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Britain is about to buy the world’s most expensive power station

Ian Buruma’s notebook: Teenagers discover Montaigne the blogger

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Bard College in upstate New York, where I teach in the spring semester, is an interesting institution, once better known…

Investment trusts – the way the City saves

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Investment trusts are coming back into fashion – and rightly so

You, too, can be a shale profiteer

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Here’s how to get a slice of the fracking action