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How doctors choose to die
Years ago, Charlie, a highly respected orthopaedist and a mentor of mine, found a lump in his stomach. He asked a surgeon to explore the area, and the diagnosis was pancreatic cancer. This surgeon…
Published: Feb. 8, 2012
Length: 7 minutes (1755 words)
The great escape of bath toys in the Pacific
At the outset I felt no need to acquaint myself with the six degrees of freedom. I'd never heard of the Great North Pacific Garbage Patch. I liked my job and loved my wife and was inclined to agree…
Published: Feb. 12, 2012
Length: 12 minutes (3108 words)
Is religion really under threat?
Richard Dawkins … Often seen by those of vague faith as an aggressive pest. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of secularism. All the…
Published: Feb. 14, 2012
Length: 6 minutes (1703 words)
the most destructive attack on the internet
Even though it has become a part of daily life, the internet itself remains a cloudy idea to most people. It's nebulous in a deeper way than previous leaps in home technology. Take the radio.…
Author: Mark Bowden
Published: Feb. 19, 2012
Length: 12 minutes (3001 words)
is giving the finger still offensive?
Many years before Adele stuck it to the suits at the Brit awards, the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and the economist Piero Sraffa were travelling on a train from Cambridge to London. It proved to…
Published: Feb. 22, 2012
Length: 8 minutes (2124 words)
Is the food revolution just a great big fat lie?
In the second half of the 20th century, western consumers were treated to an unprecedented array of high-quality, low-cost food. Monochrome national cuisines were spiced up by immigration,…
Published: March 2, 2012
Length: 12 minutes (3117 words)
Middlesbrough nightclub lists while residents try to stay afloat
There's a ship in Middlesbrough dock that's been listing like the Costa Concordia. She looks like she might vanish completely into the River Tees. As I peer at her from across the expanse of…
Author: Jon Ronson
Published: March 2, 2012
Length: 9 minutes (2266 words)
the man who stood witness for the world
One evening – we are not given a date, but it must be the early 1960s – the great French philosopher, essayist, novelist and pioneer of feminism Simone de Beauvoir was, as so often, at…
Author: Ed Vulliamy
Published: March 4, 2012
Length: 16 minutes (4084 words)
the man who would be Pakistan's next prime minister
Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi, 59 years old, currently of Bani Gala village on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, is certain of many things. He is certain that "a huge change" is coming…
Author: Jason Burke
Published: March 4, 2012
Length: 12 minutes (3041 words)
the truth about forced marriage
Sairah Vanar has been married for four years, but has never slept in the same bed as her husband, Kabir. She keeps a lock on her bedroom door. If she bumps into Kabir in the hall when she comes home…
Published: March 11, 2012
Length: 10 minutes (2664 words)
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