Issue: May 2012

Betrayed by Günter Grass

'I was fond of my father's old friend Günter Grass. I'd like to think he knew better'

Underrated: Cyrus the Great

The rule of the ancient King of Persia was more enlightened than the despots of today's Islamic Republic of Iran

Talking STIs and Complacent Coppers

'While discussing sex education it emerges that Doncaster has the highest rate of STIs in the UK. I turn down an offer to hit the town'

Uneducated Unions

'Gove has restored ordinary rights to classroom teachers. Yet the unions hate the man who made it possible for teachers to breathe again'

Time Trouble

Some of the game's greatest have had trouble playing against the clock. Not so Bobby Fischer, who was a lord of time.

Choppy Waters

A conversation about the Boat Race veers off course

The Demon Drink

A master of drinking scenes, Shakespeare brilliantly articulates the ambivalence of wine — Cassio's devil and Iago's instrument — throughout Othello

Real Men Don’t Use Brylcreem

Public displays of emotion, sequins, ear studs and nancy boy's clothes: where have all the men's men gone?

Who’s Really Supreme?

"There are indeed activist, ambitious and imperialistic judiciaries but whatever Obama intimates and the New York Times attempts to argue, John Robert's present Supreme Court is not one of them."

“Weary of Silence, Soon Sickened by Words”

Delving into the various linguistic predicaments of Samuel Beckett reveals the beautiful complications of his writings.

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"