1984 at 70: Still relevant says Orwell’s son
Even after a lifetime, can a classic still have a message? Few novels have had such an effect, with ‘Big Brother’, ‘newspeak’ and ‘thoughtcrime’ now firmly embedded in the English language.
World Book Day celebrates pure joy of reading
To quote Jane Austen, “there is no enjoyment like reading!” It is one of life’s purest delights, and it comes with health benefits too. But should you read for pleasure or self-improvement?
Film stars are a joke for Ricky Gervais
The Golden Globes ceremony is usually all about praise. But this year, Hollywood’s finest were also the butt of jokes. Should comedy upset people?
The font of all knowledge is really ugly
Research claims we don’t remember writing that's too easy to read and learning should be struggle. So is clear writing the enemy of discovery?
'Wrinkly' TV star wins under new ageism rules
A television presenter wins her age discrimination case against the BBC. But is the world of work ready to make room for the older generation?
Are Christmas superstitions super or stupid?
There are many superstitions around the 12th night of Christmas, as decorations come down. But does superstition have any place in our modern world?