At this point in his career, Stephen Merchant knows a thing or two about successful comedy. The writer, director and actor, best known for his collaborations with Ricky Gervais on <em>The Office </em>and <em>Extras</em>, has won awards and plaudits on both sides of the Atlantic.
Award-winning writer and blogger
Adam Forrest is a feature writer for The Big Issue UK, and has won feature-writing prizes at the PPA Scottish Magazine Awards in 2008, 2009 and 2011. He covers culture and ideas, politics and social policy. He tweets about these things, and Liverpool FC at @adamtomforrest
In the age of Horse-gate, the few minutes spent deciding whether to plump for processed spag bol or chilli con carne on the way home from work now comes with an added dose of queasy self-loathing.
27/02/2013 17:23 GMT
Very few today would welcome a return to the days when homosexuality was the 'disease' that dare not speak its name. In much of Britain today, same-sex relationships are fast-becoming a matter of shoulder-shrugging ordinariness. If secular society is moving away from discrimination on the basis of sexuality, it seems many Christians are also beginning a journey of their own in the same direction. If the Church of England insists on 'this far and no further', it might find itself cut adrift from the life of the nation, and from very many people of faith.
15/01/2013 17:06 GMT
This week offers a chance to celebrate the progress made in bringing some of Britain's 710,000 empty homes back into use. Unfortunately, there is also reason to fear some of those responsible for 'regenerating' our towns and cities remain overly-fond of bulldozers and land-banking deals with developers.
29/11/2012 16:09 GMT
A lot of these jokes have appeared in some form on Twitter, which I've used as a kind of public joke pad. I've been on there for almost four years now. Twitter taught me how to become better at writing jokes because it forces you to chip away at all the extraneous words.
09/11/2012 09:22 GMT
British historians have probably enjoyed 2012. Two big set pieces, the Olympic Games and Diamond Jubilee, proved the ideal invitation to reflect on where we have come from, who we are now, and where we are going
01/11/2012 13:06 GMT
A new book by Jon Ronson is always cause for cheer. The documentary filmmaker and author of <em>The Psychopath Test</em> and <em>The Men Who Stare at Goats</em> has a new collection of journalism - <em>Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries</em>.
12/10/2012 17:18 BST
It hurts, just a little, to refer to the London Olympics in the past tense. We waited so long for the Games, and then they came along, and they were completely brilliant, and now they are gone.
08/10/2012 14:49 BST
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