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Master the Waiting Game

Kamontip Evans | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

Waiting sometimes seems to take forever. And what do we do while waiting for someone or something to happen? Eat, drink, talk, listen to music, watch tv, bite the nails, send messages, get annoyed, pick an argument with someone, stare aimlessly at whatever is in sight - anything to relieve the boredom and frustration.

Stewart Lee Takes On Corbyn-Bashing As Only Stewart Lee Can

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK

Comedian Stewart Lee has lambasted right-wing newspapers for their treatment of Jeremy Corbyn in an acerbic parody article that delighted fans on soci...

What Does 'The End of Hipster' Mean for 'Mipsterz'?

Furquan Akhtar | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Furquan Akhtar

Personal experiences of hipsters are a far cry from Williamsburg, New York but instead it was like watching pockets of East London being swallowed up by a swarm of skinny jean wearing, flat white drinking locusts. As preened men were dubbed "Metrosexuals" and "scallies" evolved into "Chavs"; in my circle "Indie" became "Hipster".

Faith: Why Tony Blair Is Right, And So Dangerously Wrong

Nick Jefferson | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK
Nick Jefferson

On Sunday, Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair wrote an opinion piece for British newspaper The Observer. In it, he asserts that the wars of the 21st century are "less likely to be the product of extreme political ideology - like those of the 20th century - but they could easily be fought around the questions of cultural or religious difference".

How the Mainstream Media Endorse Homophobic Language

Richard Fry | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Fry

Yesterday's Observer newspaper presented its pick of 2014's arts releases. One they deemed exciting enough to go on the front page header was Azealia Banks' debut studio album.

Romania in the UK and the Culture of Blame

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

We all know that today East Europeans do not get a very good press in Britain. Economic difficulties, austerity measures, the rising of anti-EU rhetoric, the electoral context and misleading forecasts in 2004 have combined to create a culture of blame whose victims are now Romanians and Bulgarians.

Short Stories Aloud: Coming in Loud and Clear

David Whelan | Posted 23.03.2013 | Home
David Whelan

Earlier this month, Elizabeth Day wrote an article for The Observer about reading stories aloud. She made the interesting point that audiobook downloa...

Moore, Burchill and Those Opposed (aka Taking Offense)

Elizabeth Mizon | Posted 17.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elizabeth Mizon

For anyone not yet acquainted with MooreBurchillTransGate (it's catchy!), a summary of the offense taken reads as follows: Throughout life, culminati...

Julie Burchill's 'Transsexuals' Article Is a Triumph for Liberal Hypocrisy

Planet Ivy | Posted 17.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Planet Ivy

Burchill is actually quite elegant in her dismantlement of the "vociferous transsexual lobby and their grim groupies". Shame her understanding of such communities amounts to a gross misrepresentation.

The F Word - Feminism

Scottee | Posted 16.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Transphobic remarks from Julie Burchill in her Observer piece include talk about having nuts taken off because "its all most of them are fit to do", 'their relationship with their phantom limb" and various references to cutting things off and "expecting" privilege - I can't picture the situation in which the editor thought these were all reasonable, measured and insightful things to say...

Black Hat and Critical Thinking at the Fringe

Asher Treleaven | Posted 13.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Asher Treleaven

I was curious to know what it's like to be a critic at the Fringe. If you watch 10 shows a day how do you stay open minded? Is Twitter and the multi-headed reviewer blog hydra killing the role of the critic, now that everyone's a critic? Why work as a critic in the first place?

Hide And Seek: £13tn Held In Offshore Accounts, Says Tax Justice Network

The Huffington Post UK | Ted Thornhill | Posted 22.07.2012 | UK

A staggering £13tn ($21tn) is being hidden in off-shore accounts away from the prying eyes of taxmen, according to a new report. Campaign group Ta...

Job Losses Expected At Guardian After £44m Losses Revealed

Press Association | Posted 17.07.2012 | UK

Journalists at the Guardian and Observer newspapers have been asked to consider taking voluntary redundancy after they reported losses of more than £...

Alex Salmond: 'The Observer Accessed My Bank Account'

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 13.06.2012 | UK Politics

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has claimed that his bank account was accessed by The Observer newspaper. Giving evidence to the Leveson inqui...

Jeremy Hunt And The Tories, Look Away Now...

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 28.06.2012 | UK Politics

If you're a Tory, the one good thing you can say about the Sunday papers is there aren't any devastating allegations which might make David Cameron or...

A Camden Crawler's Guide to Festival Management: Competition and Cancellation

Lisa Paulon | Posted 06.06.2012 | UK Entertainment
Lisa Paulon

Music festivals are everywhere these days - it feels like there's one everywhere you turn. This fact now seems to extend even to the pages of the Observer on a Sunday morning.

There is Something About Munich

John Carr | Posted 31.03.2012 | UK Tech
John Carr

John Naughton is a rare and exotic creature. Having just read his bio we seem to share an Irish heritage and as children we both encountered the Jesui...

Twigg Backs School Cuts

PA | Posted 15.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The shadow education secretary has said he agrees with more than half of the Government's cuts to school building programmes and admitted Labour did n...

The Whitewashing of Britain's Guantanamo Bay Detainees

Robin Simcox | Posted 10.03.2012 | UK Politics
Robin Simcox

I had never heard of anyone having their limbs blown off while trying to buy property until I learned of Tarek Dergoul, the former British Guantánamo Bay detainee.

Between The Sheets - We've Read The Sunday Papers For You

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.02.2012 | UK Politics

It's been three days and nights since David Cameron vetoed an EU treaty on rescuing the Eurozone, but that hasn't stopped the Sunday newspapers from w...

Simon Hughes: It's Our Job To Rein In The Ruthless Tories | Posted 17.11.2011 | UK Politics

Forty years ago this autumn, Simon Hughes joined the Liberal party as a callow Cambridge law student. It is, he says, a daunting thought to look back....

News International 'Bullied Liberal Democrats Over BSkyB Bid' | The Observer | Posted 22.09.2011 | UK

Rupert Murdoch's News International launched a campaign of bullying against senior Liberal Democrats in an attempt to force through the company's bid ...

SLIDESHOW: Front Pages (Sunday July 10 2011)

Huffington Post | Michael Rundle | Posted 08.09.2011 | UK

Sunday July 10 2011 is a historic day for newspapers in the UK as the New of the World publishes its last edition. The paper will be shut down followi...