A senior British civil servant was recently asked ‘what it’s like not to have a government’. ‘It’s a relief’ he or she disarmingly replied. This was in the context of Alan Johnson describing himself as a ‘hack politician’ and his predecessor admitting that she never felt up to the job. Now we know then what many of us have suspected.

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"