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The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

Overrated: Home

The over-familiar pleasures of domesticity

Our American obsession has to end

We know county voting totals in Georgia but can’t name the French prime minister — and import American ideas too uncritically

Is Scottish independence now inevitable?

‘For anyone who cares about peace within the British Isles and liberal democracy without, there are strong reasons to oppose Scottish independence. But how? In the 2014 referendum the case for the Union was made almost entirely in the unromantic terms of pounds and pence. It worked then, but it probably wouldn’t work now’

Mum’s army

‘From roughly 2015 onwards, the Mumsnet feminist forum became a key platform for gender critical discussion—or, as one less sympathetic American magazine dubbed it, “the ground zero for British transphobia”’

The year of viewing dangerously

Television in 2020 has been prescient, poignant and palliative

A turning point for moderate Islam

In an age of stark ideological cleavages, Muslims are living through a battle of ideas over the meaning of religion in the modern world

El pibe de oro — the golden kid

The life of Diego Maradona epitomised the working-class soul of Argentinian football and mirrored the country he loved

Don’t fear the Reaper

We have become reluctant to accept death as an integral part of life. Perhaps coronavirus will give us a more realistic attitude to mortality

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"
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