New Statesman

Peculiar Ground by Lucy Hughes-Hallett asks how we shape history and how much is beyond our control

The great cutting heads of the Crossrail tunnel-boring machines were engines of the future drilling into the past. The whole railway project entailed a crawl back into history as archaeologists worked hand in hand with engineers, preserving – as far as possible – the ancient treasures they ...

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I dined behind the Houses of Parliament in my sexually connected foursome

I am self-employed and find that working from home, setting your own schedule, the days generally blur into each other, with weekends holding no significance, and public holidays, when those who are employed in factories, offices or shops get time off, meaning nothing. I am often surprised to ...

yesterday 15:13 open_in_new
Beren and Lúthien: Love, war and Tolkien’s lost tales

In a woodland glade white with flowers, a young woman danced for her soldier husband. It seems a vision from a lost world, and for that Somme veteran in 1917 it was: a glimpse of joy as if sorrow, sickness and horror had never been. For Second Lieutenant J R R Tolkien the dance in the glade ...

yesterday 15:13 open_in_new
And the winner of footballer wig of the year is...

Time to take socks, look back over the season for holes, threadbare excuses and darn well work out what it all meant.

Face of the Season Wenger: his own eyes must haunt him when he looks in the mirror. How long can a man hang on? Another ten years, is my top tip.

Hair of ...

yesterday 13:01 open_in_new
Why we'll all have to stomach the high-tech future of food

Imagine: you’re out shopping with a friend and you decide to stop and get some lunch. Just off the high street, you spot a restaurant advertising a burger deal and decide to go in. On the menu, however, you see something strange: all the items are apparently made with “future food”. Some ...

yesterday 11:55 open_in_new
Everyday superheros - how pop culture can help overcome trauma

On Monday evening, scores of people, united in their excitement for a concert promoting female empowerment, suffered a devastating attack.

Undoubtedly, following the tragedy, many concertgoers will be traumatised, and many others will reconsider how they publicly demonstrate their ...

yesterday 10:49 open_in_new
Expressions of sympathy for terror's victims may seem banal, but it's better than the alternative

No sooner had we heard of the dreadful Manchester Arena bombing and before either the identity of the bomber or the number of dead were known, cries of “something must be done” echoed across social media and the airwaves. Katie Hopkins, the Mail Online columnist, called for “a final ...

yesterday 10:49 open_in_new
Jeremy Corbyn fares well in his toughest interview yet

Jeremy Corbyn's half-hour BBC1 interview with Andrew Neil was the toughest grilling he has faced since becoming Labour leader. Neil sought to cause Corbyn maximum discomfort by confronting him with his past views on the IRA, NATO and Trident (which he never anticipated having to defend from ...

2017-05-26 22:31 open_in_new
The 5 things the Tories aren't telling you about their manifesto

When Theresa May launched the Conservative 2017 manifesto, she borrowed the most popular policies from across the political spectrum. Some anti-immigrant rhetoric? Some strong action on rip-off energy firms? The message is clear - you can have it all if you vote Tory.

But can you? The ...

2017-05-26 20:19 open_in_new
The economics of outrage: Why you haven't seen the end of Katie Hopkins

Another atrocity, other surge of grief and fear, and there like clockwork was the UK’s biggest troll. Hours after the explosion at the Manchester Arena that killed 22 mostly young and female concert goers, Katie Hopkins weighed in with a very on-brand tweet calling for a “final solution” ...

2017-05-26 20:19 open_in_new
“Not angry. More disappointed”: Harambe speaks via a telepathic animal communicator

Harambe died just one day after his 17th birthday. On 28 May 2016, the Western lowland gorilla was shot and killed at his home in Cincinnati Zoo. Moments before a single rifle shot ended his life, Harambe had picked up a three-year-old boy who had climbed a fence and fallen into his enclosure. ...

2017-05-26 20:19 open_in_new
Over tea, the dominatrix told me that keeping a straight face was the hardest part of the job

As fetishes go it was fairly mild: just a bit of sissification – or, getting yelled at while wearing ladies’ clothing. He was a top entertainment attorney, a powerful man. He wore stockings under his suit to work. His wife didn’t want to engage with it – so she sent him to a ...

2017-05-26 19:13 open_in_new
The Red Turtle and My Life As a Courgette: Oscar nominated animations with very different charms

The Red Turtle and My Life As a Courgette were nominated for this year’s Oscar for Best Animated Feature and both films represent an advancement of sorts for that form. Co-produced by Studio Ghibli, The Red Turtle has the patient storytelling style of that gentle giant of Japanese animation, ...

2017-05-26 17:01 open_in_new
Is there anything wrong with "perfect" sex? The rise of virtual reality porn

It was first imagined as science fiction, and for a long time, it was roped alongside hoverboards and time machines as a distant, futuristic dream. But now virtual reality (VR) is slowly seeping into the tech-lover’s collection, and one very specific genre is on the precipice of going ...

2017-05-26 17:01 open_in_new
Beyond Moonlight: how Hollywood is still failing LGBTQ audiences

How was 2016 for LGBT representation in Hollywood? It was the year Moonlight was released – the breathtaking love story of two young black men that won Best Picture at the most recent Oscars.

Beyond Moonlight, many smaller studios produced thoughtful, empathetic explorations of the ...

2017-05-26 17:01 open_in_new
The radio station where the loyal listeners are chickens

“The music is for the chickens, because of course on the night the music is very loud, and so it needs to be a part of their environment from the very start.” Emma Hills, the head chicken trainer at Giffords Circus, is standing in the sawdusty ring under a big top in a field outside Stroud ...

2017-05-26 15:55 open_in_new
Over tea, the dominatrix told me that keeping a straight face was the hardest part of the job

As fetishes go it was fairly mild: just a bit of sissification – or, getting yelled at while wearing ladies’ clothing. He was a top entertainment attorney, a powerful man. He wore stockings under his suit to work. His wife didn’t want to engage with it – so she sent him to a ...

2017-05-26 15:55 open_in_new
Taking back control... in the workplace

Jess* lives in a small town in the north-west and is on a zero-hours contract. Some weeks she could work up to 50 hours, but others she works as few as 30. And when she got ill, her company refused to pay her sick pay. Sarah* is 38 and lives in a big city. She is employed through an agency and ...

2017-05-26 15:55 open_in_new
YOU’RE FIRED at last! Katie Hopkins is sacked by LBC after “final solution” tweet

Remember when Katie Hopkins wasn't a notorious radical hate preacher and was just that mean lady on The Apprentice who resigned from the show?

Well, let's cast our minds back to that time, in the heady days of 2006, when the nation sighed in frustration as the grand high angry bear ...

2017-05-26 14:49 open_in_new
Jeremy Corbyn's speech on terrorism will do him more good than harm

The election campaign, if there was any doubt, has resumed. In his speech responding to the Manchester attack, Jeremy Corbyn did not limit himself to expressions of sympathy and solidarity. He squarely targeted Theresa May on her home turf: policing and security.

The Conservatives' ...

2017-05-26 14:49 open_in_new
All party leaders except Theresa May and Paul Nuttall sign EU citizen pledge

The leaders of the Tories and Ukip have refused to back a pledge to campaign for the rights of EU citizens signed by all the other mainstream parties. 

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson, Green co-leader Caroline Lucas and ...

2017-05-26 14:49 open_in_new