A legendary karateka coaches Jeremy Clarke in head butts
A new generation of Irish intellectuals is exploring the hybrid nature of Irish and British identity. Neal Ascherson finds their views appealing but politically impractical
The eminent geneticist Steve Jones considers one of the great thrillers of modern science and places it in its social and scientific context
Jeremy Clarke is suffering from writer's block, so he joins the anti-road protest at Fair Mile
In the 20 years since Tony Crosland's death his beliefs have been in retreat, even in the Labour party. Dick Leonard, a former Crosland adviser, says his revisionism is still Blair's best bet
Charlene Blake, a school teacher from Springfield, Virginia, has used cyberspace to strike a blow for the consumer. She bought a 1992 Chrysler Dodge Caravan with ABS brakes which, when it was about a...
Literary biography has expanded to take up the space vacated by fiction. But Kathryn Hughes, currently working on a life of George Eliot, fears that the genre's ability to unite academic specialists...
Am I going to see the new Antonioni, or should one call it the new "Antonioni"? There is something too cruelly appropriate in a director whose essential theme is the difficulty of human communication...
The Franco-German defence relationship is entering a new phase. As France prepares to rejoin Nato, Douglas Johnson considers a timely survey of this uncertain alliance