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Tokyo’s Olympics feel more special than ever – and I pity anyone who’d rather they hadn’t happened

It has been a privilege to witness the return of three huge tournaments – the Euros, Wimbledon, and the Tokyo Olympics – that Covid-19 stole from the sporting calendar of July 2020. It’s a signal that, while the pandemic seems...



10 Books for 2020

10. Daniel Immerwahr, How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States (Macmillan: 2019) The traditional “logo map” of the United States is far more interesting for what it omits than what it shows. From this...



British broadcast media must take an urgent lead on climate awareness

How many people in the UK know that the hottest temperature ever reliably recorded on Earth occurred on Tuesday? Pending verification, the mercury at the Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley, California, reached 54.4C (130F) –...



Like Dominic Cummings, Novak Djokovic took the public for fools – and seems unlikely to face the consequences

Tennis had its Dominic Cummings moment this week, when four Top 50 male players tested positive for Covid-19 after playing in Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour. This series of exhibition tournaments, held in Belgrade, Serbia and Zadar,...



Podcasts are a vital tool for understanding – and bearing – our new world

Like most people, my state-mandated exercise regime under lockdown is very simple. Every few days, it’s off on the bike for a dart around the hinterlands of East Norfolk – invariably taking a liberal attitude to the one-hour time...



Lukewarm in lockdown? Attitudes to the UK government and media Covid-19 response

I compiled a survey through Google Forms over a 7-day span between Saturday 18th and Friday 24th April 2020. Respondents were asked a range of questions related to government and media handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, principally in...