Lifestyle features

The last mourning pilgrim to the loneliest place on Earth

By Monica Porter, November 27, 2014

This year has been Holocaust Memorial Year in Hungary, the land of my birth. Seventy years ago, in 1944, the Nazis marched in to deport to Auschwitz the country's 800,000-strong Jewish population.


I resigned because Twitter is making such twits of politicians

By Charlotte Henry, November 27, 2014

Social media has had a profound effect on our politics. From teasing Tumblr blogs, to opinions on the glaringly public platform of Twitter, the social web is making politicians' every thought ever more public, and ever more scrutinised. Just ask Emily Thornberry.

Some politicians successfully use these new mediums to engage with their constituents and the electorate more broadly.


The Golem has returned but now he's not so super

By Josh Glancy, November 27, 2014

When Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel, the Maharal of Prague, created a Golem, he instructed his wife, Pearl, not to treat the creature as a servant. Though it did not have a human soul, nonetheless it was serving a higher purpose: protecting the Jewish community.


Let Will Self leave us, the real prize is to conver lost millions in love with Judaism

By Karen Glaser, November 27, 2014

'Sorry, Will Self, but you ARE a Jew' ran the Jewish Chronicle headline a fortnight ago. And with his trademark stinging erudition, Geoffrey Alderman used his column that week to explain to Self why being born to a Jewish mother makes him as Yiddishe as the chasidim of Stamford Hill - whether the celebrated writer of fiction and journalist likes it or not.


The importance of failure

By Annabel Karmel, November 20, 2014

I know how lucky I am that my name is now associated with success thanks to the global popularity of my books on baby weaning. But, believe me, it hasn't been easy, I have walked hand-in-hand with terrible disappointment on my journey. Which is why I think I've figured out precisely what makes a business successful.


My Gherkin's bigger than yours

By Simon Round, November 20, 2014

While London may never hit the heady heights of New York, the city's skyline has transformed itself in the past few decades into a gleaming triumph of spires.


The challenge that changed my life

By Robert Desmond, November 14, 2014

It’s difficult to admit but let’s face it we all do it — we walk past beggars on the street as if they don’t exist. It’s as if we’re too embarrassed to confront them. The same goes for people with disabilities. Some find it a challenge to engage with them, worried they might say the wrong thing, react in the wrong way or cause unnecessary upset.


Oh Benedict, could it really have been me?

By Juliet Mann, November 13, 2014

Man asks for woman's hand in marriage. Ta dah! Not exactly the most groundbreaking of headlines, but when that man is heartthrob thespian Benedict Cumberbatch, newsrooms across the globe go into overdrive to fuel the information frenzy about his intended, for his legions of heart-broken fans.

Of course, it could have been me, they all sigh. Actually it could have been me.


Fitting tribute to the secret Italian heroes

By Gillian Tett, November 13, 2014

In recent years Joseph Perella, a giant of the American private equity world, has become obsessed with Italy's history. The periods that normally attract attention, such as the Renaissance or Roman empire, are not what interests Perella.


Startling truth of the man who invented 'sexology'

By David Robson, November 13, 2014

The change in attitudes towards sexuality in recent times has been extraordinary. For instance, anyone middle-aged or older can remember when, both legally and socially, homosexuals were treated as pariahs. This year, homosexual marriage became legal in England, Scotland and Wales.