local councils

Use it or lose it: has the public library had its day?

30 October 2021 9:00 am

I write this in a garret a few doors down from the public library in Muswell Hill, north London. It…

After 50 years, I’m out of the agony-aunt business

9 April 2016 9:00 am

It’s clear that Vladimir Putin has had a facelift, which might explain why Wendi Deng would take an interest in…

The smelly, snobbish death of the English public toilet

12 March 2016 9:00 am

I blame Nancy Mitford: she made the English so frightened of saying ‘toilet’ that now they have hardly any left…

The great recycling myth

4 January 2014 9:00 am

There is absolutely no need for us to separate our rubbish by hand