Issue: October 2011

LORD SACKS LECTURE: The Limits of Secularism

The Chief Rabbi, Baron Sacks of Aldgate, will give the first lecture in a series on The Limits of Secularism

Obstacle Source

Government financial obstacles often start as interventions. But they have a habit of making life more difficult for the Chancellor and his aides

Planet Mirth

Matthew Sinclair's new book, Let Them Eat Carbon, rightly draws attention to the foibles of climate change policy, rather than the global warming debate itself

Finally Finished

The new Finlandia Hall in Helsinki has been transformed by a Japanese mystic with an ear for acoustics

Turkish Thrash

Decadent expats in Istanbul may be morally outrageous but they add foreign flavour to the newest party city

Right Wedding

‘The dance floor at the wedding of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Niall Ferguson would have been the Guardian’s worst nightmare’

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"