from the magazine

Short Read: as the star of "Sherlock" takes on Hamlet, Isabel Lloyd looks past the fandom

A Matter of Taste: Kassia St Clair explains how men can wear round sunglasseswithout looking comical

Cartophilia: the early telegraph routes were strikingly similar to today’s internet pathways. Charlie McCann traces their course

More women than ever say they’re interested in buying mechanical watches. But can they find any they actually like? Melanie Grant takes four potential customers shopping to see what, if anything, ticks all the boxes

THEME OF THE WEEK...PEOPLE POWER

In the squatter colonies of Pakistan, education is something that happens to other people especially if you are female. Rahul Bhattacharya meets Humaira Bachal who, as a girl, taught a whole community a lesson

Fifty years ago, an ex-naval officer invited two men with mental disabilities to live with him. Now L’Arche has communities all over the world. Maggie Fergusson talks to its founder, Jean Vanier

In rich countries, the Flip camera was a short-lived fad along the road to shooting video on phones. But in India it lives on as a lifeline for ordinary people trying to get things done. James Scudamore meets some of them

Can we change the world, one click at a time? Ricken Patel, a young Canadian, thinks so, and he now has tens of millions of followers to show for it. Profile by Robert Butler

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    The Music of Science: Oliver Morton admires a new book which throws light on the essence of living—and it’s all down to the flow of energy read more »
  • M. SANJAYAN'S SEVEN WONDERS

    The broadcaster and senior scientist for Conservation International talks to Samantha Weinberg about saving nature and living better, on a round-the-world journey from Sri Lanka to Montana
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  • ONE CAREER ENDS, ANOTHER BEGINS

    Short Read: Michael Church looks forward to the conducting debut of Thomas Quasthoff, a German baritone with a candid sense of humour
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  • THE MOSQUITO COAST

    Photo Essay: Guillaume Bonn has spent years capturing east Africa, its wars and its ways. He talks to Josie Delap about finding hope amid the ruins read more »
  • WHEN IN...BALI

    Eat suckling pig, pray in a temple and practise yoga. Elizabeth Brown gives her tips for the Island of Gods read more »
  • ARNIE TURNS SENSITIVE

    Short Read: for his pick of the films, Nicholas Barber spotlights a zombie drama which is surprisingly tender—and devoid of catchphrases read more »
  • A DISH BORN OF FIRE

    Lipsmacking: ox in coal oil at The French in Manchester is a smoky yet sweet masterpiece. To Isabel Lloyd, it sums up the city itself read more »
  • THERE’S LIFE IN THESE WALLS

    Authors on Museums: history is never more alive than at the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Roddy Doyle is transported read more »
  • IT’S A WRAP

    Where the Wild Things Are: the Indian Ocean islands of Seychelles are home to some of the world’s largest bats. Tim Ecott eavesdrops on their shrieks and chatter read more »
  • TRACES OF THE TURBAN

    The Line of Beauty: a single piece of cloth has kept out the elements across centuries and continents. Samantha Weinberg unfolds a heady tale read more »