Save us from the office that follows you home

There is a certain kind of person for whom the phrase “work-life balance” is meaningless, because work is life, and life is work. The body may be home with the dog and the Great British Bake Off, but the mind is still a whirr of stock options and invoices and client meetings; the clock may…

Please shut up and stop telling rape victims what kind of rape is the worst

“Dawkins is right. He just is. Getting raped in an alleyway while having a knife held to your throat is worse than being taken advantage of while inebriated at the end of a date.” So says my colleague Brendan O’Neill, in response to Richard Dawkins’s characteristically unhelpful comments about rape. I know it is ridiculous…

Why Donald Trump was right about the handshake

There are few things in life more galling than the realisation that Donald Trump may have been correct. But the implausibly haired buffoon-tycoon, it seems, got at least one thing right: handshakes aren’t very good for you. Stopped clocks and all that. Research by scientists at Aberystwyth University suggests that the handshake spreads germs. Rather…

It’s hard work, hating Christmas

I’ve spent the past couple of decades building up a hard shell of anti-Christmas sentiment. I’ve been through all the stages – the “it’s not really a Christian festival you know” cod-historical argument; the “it’s all just a corporate consumerist charade” teenage-Marxist righteousness; the “we shouldn’t need arbitrary holidays to need a reason to be…

Of course assisted suicide is a moral concern

Should people be allowed – or helped – to take their own life when it becomes unbearable due to terminal disease? And is the question a moral one? In the Supreme Court, yesterday, lawyers representing right-to-die campaigners suggested that it was not, at least as far as the court is concerned. “The question is not…

No, skyscrapers are not phallic symbols

Unintentional (OR IS IT???? Yes) hilarity over in Qatar, where they’ve designed a new stadium for the 2022 World Cup – and yes, it is ridiculous that Qatar have got the 2022 World Cup. Anyway, the Al-Wakrah stadium, as designed, looks not unlike a vagina. Apparently it’s actually “based upon the design of a traditional…

Twitter and Silicon Valley: in a world of their own

As the Twitter flotation raises billions, one biotech entrepreneur has suggested Silicon Valley should break away from the US and form a separate country. Tom Chivers reports [ooyala id=”owY2J4ZzoqNRbwzj5cUniYlUc8p9c3uP” ] We live in a world built, in part, by the Silicon Valley internet giants. Now Silicon Valley wants a part of that world to itself….

Weathering St Jude’s storm: tips for working from home

I actually made it into work this morning, despite St Jude’s Biblical storm wreaking havoc on the nation’s wheelie bins and patio furniture. In fact, I have a history of this: years ago, in the Great Snow Day of 2009, I was one of about four people who made it into thelondonpaper’s Wapping offices, trudging…