The editors' blog
~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, February 12th 2014
To get into the Houses of Parliament in London, you have to schlep through airport-style security. It gives you time to see the real impact of occasional terrorism, which inflicts terror for a day or two, and tedium for years.
About a hundred people trooped through at breakfast time this morning and went to the House of Lords for the launch of Prospering Wisely by the British Academy. It’s hard to say exactly what this is; the Academy, less than inspiringly, labels it "a multimedia publication". In fact, it’s a campaign, a series of debates, a video, a website, a booklet—and a call to arms.
The brains behind it, led by the Academy’s president, the economist and climate-change guru Lord [Nicholas] Stern (above), want to show that prosperity is about more than just money. And that education is about more than collecting job qualifications.read more »
~ Posted by Lucy Farmer, February 12th 2014
Since the invention of the wheel humans have been finding new ways to journey faster and further. Whether for practicality or pleasure, we all need to get from A to B. For our last Big Question, we asked six writers to choose the best way to travel, and then asked readers to vote in our online poll.read more »
~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, February 11th 2014
A good magazine cover engages hearts and minds. But this is the first time we have tried to do it by making you wince. It was said of a famous scene in "Goldfinger" that if viewers didn't recoil when they saw the laser heading for Sean Connery's crotch, you could be fairly sure they were from another planet. Similarly with our cover star, who has been on the office wall for a few weeks. As people look at him, you can see them flinch as they think about what it must be like to get a tattoo on your scalp, and to love your football club so fiercely that you want that tattoo to be their crest. When the man went into the tattoo parlour, we like to think he came out with the Portuguese version of one of the oldest requests in the game: "On me 'ead, son."read more »
~ Posted by Charlie McCann, February 6th 2014
It's all the rage. Lorde says she's a feminist. Lady Gaga has admitted to being "a little bit of a feminist"; Miley Cyrus is "one of the biggest feminists in the world." A recent Lily Allen music video styles itself a feminist anthem. Both Beyoncé and Katy Perry have shied away from actually endorsing feminism but recently they've recorded songs—like "Flawless" and "Roar", respectively—that show where their loyalties lie. And now, Kathleen Hanna, the standard-bearer of punk feminism, is making her comeback.read more »
~ Posted by Samantha Weinberg, February 5th 2014
Before yesterday, I had always thought of the scooter as the province of the urban child who couldn't be bothered to walk. I live in rural Wiltshire. My children have both received scooters as presents, but they are of little use on the rutted tracks outside our cottage. So they live inside, clogging up our cramped hallway.
Until now. I knew there were going to be several days of tube strikes in London, so, with my bike out of action, I thought it was time to grab my son's scooter (a 13th-birthday present from an urban uncle) and jam it in the back of the car.read more »
~ Posted by Robert Butler, February 5th 2014
The first piece I wrote for Intelligent Life, in autumn 2007, was about a bunch of eco-bloggers. Seven years ago this month, a middle-aged New Yorker on Fifth Avenue had turned off the power supply to his apartment and set out to see if he could live for a year without making any net impact on the environment. He wasn't alone in attempting this as he had a wife and a two-year-old daughter; but he wasn't alone in other ways either. That very February, a young woman in Toronto was trying to take one green action a day—from banning all polystyrene to getting rid of her car—and each action she took had to stick. Another person was spending a year without using any plastic. And another had got rid of the freezer, and then the fridge. It was possible to follow each of these unusual adventures because the people involved were going online and chronicling their actions.read more »
~ Posted by Sarah Woodberry, January 31st 2014
This Sunday a 37-year-old makes his comeback in the Super Bowl. Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos quarterback, rose to fame during 13 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, winning the Super Bowl in 2006. His USP was that he could fire the ball up to 86 yards downfield with laser-like precision. But he had other qualities too: his boy-next-door demeanour and gift for poking fun at himself in goofy adverts endeared him to the fans. Whereas Roger Federer channels James Bond for Jura Coffee, Manning—with his receding hairline and affable smile—begs indifferent passers-by to give him a high-five for Mastercard.read more »
~ Posted by Rebecca Willis, January 30th 2014
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~ Posted by Maggie Fergusson, January 29th 2014
"It's Nathan Filer," my husband called up the stairs as I was putting my daughter to bed last night.read more »
~ Posted by Robert Butler, January 28th 2014
Emergency rationsread more »
Re: Have pudding, will travel (pictured)
As a 15 year-old Ohioan I backpacked the last 100 or so miles of the Appalachian Trail with my older brother. Otherwise well-prepared, we completely underestimated our caloric expenditure and, after the third day, food was uppermost in my thoughts. Steak. French onion soup with a thick Gruyere crust. Pound cake. For emergencies, we carried this stuff called Kendall Mint Cake—basically a block of sugar paste flavored with mint. I can still see the outline of the box in the rear pocket of my brother's backpack as we slogged mile after seemingly endless mile. I recall thinking at times that, should an accident unfortunately befall him, the box would be all mine.