New Shakespeare play celebrates warrior queen
Is it brilliant or blasphemy? The ambitious production combines material from the Bard’s plays with fresh lines from playwright Jeanie O’Hare to tell the bloody history of Margaret of Anjou.
Obsessions: Are you a Belieber?
At 16, he is a Youtube sensation and the most Googled name on the planet. Justin Bieber is hated by some and adored by many. Are these fixations good for us?
Berlusconi: will women prove his downfall?
The Italian Prime Minister faces trial on vice charges. He’s a controversial figure who’s escaped the courts before. But will this be his final bow?
Be my Valentine! Maybe, but what do you mean?
It's the day for cupid cards, red roses and wild expressions of love. But though it's a single word, love has many forms. What's yours called?
Great novelist celebrated against his dying wishes
Charles Dickens forbade any memorials or statues of himself. But as the 200th anniversary of his birth approaches, plans for a monument are afoot. Should we let him rest in peace?
Cameron enters national identity minefield
Prime Minister claims multiculturalism has left us segregated. Britain needs stronger national identity, he says, but many disagree.
‘Monster killer storm’ devastates Queensland
The most powerful cyclone ever to hit Australia struck Queensland this week. As devastation reigns, are such natural disasters inevitable?
Old Masters go high-tech for virtual viewing
A new project means the world's art treasures are now online and users can see more detail than ever before. It's top technology but is it the real deal?
‘Hey, Berlin! Could we have our bust back?’
She may be 3400 years old — but Queen Nefertiti remains one of Berlin’s best-known beauties. So is Egypt right to want her returned?
Make-up! Lipstick! Mirrors! And ‘Mr Sahara’
It’s a beauty contest with a difference. The men dress up and the women judge. Poverty and bling meet in the deserts of West Africa.
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?
‘Tiger mother’ takes on western parents
A new book has caused a storm by suggesting that western parenting is too lax. Chinese parents, writes the author, know that strict discipline is the path to success.
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?