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Why I joined the smiley-face cult

6 June 2015 9:00 am

On the way home from dinner with girlfriends I composed my usual thank-you text. Smashing company, delicious food, must see…

Why American psychoanalysts are an endangered species

25 April 2015 9:00 am

   New York City Nothing says New York like a psychoanalyst’s couch. Think Woody Allen or those New Yorker cartoons.…

How (and why) we lie to ourselves about opinion polls

28 March 2015 9:00 am

A strange ritual takes place on Twitter most evenings at around 10.30 p.m. Hundreds of political anoraks start tweeting the…

This terrifying book puts me off going online ever again —except maybe to Ocado — says India Knight

21 March 2015 9:00 am

Jeremy Clarkson has been getting it in the neck from Twitter’s (I was going to say) tricoteuses — but social…

How do bright schoolgirls fall for jihadis? The same way they fall for Justin Bieber

28 February 2015 9:00 am

How could they? How could girls brought up in the wealthy West abandon their families and their own bright futures…

I wouldn't want to be a girl in the age of Tinder

14 February 2015 9:00 am

My foray into the world of online dating was short-lived. Within a few hours of my profile going live, a…

The march of the new political correctness

7 February 2015 9:00 am

I wonder how many of you know that you’re cis. Not very many, I’m guessing. So let me break this…

An A-to-Z guide to the new PC

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Anyone who thought political correctness had croaked, joining neon leg warmers, mullets and MC Hammer in the graveyard of bad…

Ha! vs Hahaha: the surprisingly subtle world of Twitter style

7 February 2015 9:00 am

I don’t know if you tweet — No! Don’t turn over, I’m not going to get all techie. I do…

Send in the clowns - how comedy ate British politics

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Something funny is happening in this country. Our comedians are becoming politicians and our politicians are becoming comedians — and…

How to stop being scared of full stops

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Typical mother-to-mother email, January weekday, 2015: ‘Thanks so much for helping out yesterday, Jamie had a great time with you…

What techies are actually doing when they fix your computer

3 January 2015 9:00 am

Just before Christmas I achieved something so totally, incredibly amazing that I think it probably ranks among the greatest things…

The technology giants are breathtakingly irresponsible about terrorism

29 November 2014 9:00 am

The arrogance and intransigence of some of the technology companies in the fight against terrorism has become extraordinary. We learned…

You shouldn’t watch Dapper Laughs. But you really shouldn’t let the likes of me stop you

15 November 2014 9:00 am

As you’ll know by now, I’m big on thinking the right things. Should a thought strike me that m’colleague Rod…

The impossibility of ordering the right-sized salad

15 November 2014 9:00 am

People don’t listen. It’s a relatively new thing. People used to listen, to varying degrees. You had your good listeners…

Reading the comments on my Ukip columns, I finally understand the Nazis

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Like many, I’ve always been a bit baffled by the story of the rise of Nazism. The Germans I’ve met…

Dealing with trolls the Swedish way

11 October 2014 9:00 am

How to deal with a troll In Scandinavian mythology, trolls were shady creatures who lived below ground and varied in…

Spectator letters: St Augustine and Louise Mensch, war votes and flannel

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Faith and flexibility Sir: What a contrast in your two articles on religion last week: one liberal atheist parent (Claire…

Women on Facebook are too bitchy even for me

20 September 2014 9:00 am

In the heyday of the Hollywood studio system, Louis B. Mayer, head of MGM (‘More stars than there are in…

No, I haven’t seen that beheading video. And it’s not right to share it

16 August 2014 9:00 am

I am sure we’re all in agreement that watching videos of adults abusing children is wrong. At least outside the…

The rise of crowd culture – a generation scared to do anything alone

2 August 2014 9:00 am

Hell, as one of Jean-Paul Sartre’s characters said, is other people. Unless, that is, you happen to be British and…

Dear Mary: Do men really have worse table manners when they’re on their own?

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Q.  My 16-year-old son, who has recently had his first experiences of Clubland, has observed to me, his mother, that…

When did it become OK to be boring?

10 May 2014 9:00 am

I can remember back in the 1970s when a girlfriend of mine, sensing my lack of interest in her very…

What the French now mean when they say ‘bugger’

10 May 2014 9:00 am

The French for tête-à-tête is one-to-one now, according to a new survey of English invaders by Alexandre des Isnards. Actually,…

When trolling pressure groups cause real harm

18 January 2014 9:00 am

My grandmother, Nanny Nancy, is 99 and going strong. But it can’t be denied that while she’s all there mentally,…