Debunking Conspiracy Theorists

My old comrade David Aaronovitch spent seven years writing Voodoo Histories, his excellent dissection of conspiracy theories. (You can buy it here and read a piece I wrote about it for Standpoint here). In the States, a Moon landing conspiracist went up to Buzz Aldrin and called him a “coward” and a “liar” for refusing to admit that Apollo 11 was a fraud. I don’t know if Aldrin wondered for a moment if he should spend seven years researching and  debunking conspiracy theories. If he did he decided against it, and smacked the conspiracist in the kisser instead. Full story here

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"