Such is choreographer Russell Maliphant’s eye for discipline that he can even make a ‘broken fall’ into a work of art.
The latest European campaign on climate change is driven by killjoy arguments for rationing and restraint.
In the run-up to next week’s spiked-debate on the World Cup, we muse over soccerism, Wayne’s toe, and how the Fall of Public Man has been offset by the Rise of Soccer Bloke.
Leading researcher John Martin tells Helene Guldberg why it is morally justifiable to cause heart attacks in rats - and why he isn't scared of animal rights extremists.
Philip Roth’s new novel Everyman explores what happens when we obsess too much about life’s final ‘reality check’.
The abortion pill is safe and effective, says the chief executive of Britain’s largest specialist abortion provider. So why all the fuss about the fact that more women are taking it?
Paul Greengrass' United 93 is chilling and tragic, but it also lays bare the essential smallness of 9/11.
Before a ball has been kicked, our festival of the beautiful game has already been depicted as an ugly carnival of all that is wrong with the world.
The French don't deserve a great football team.
How did the police get a terror raid so wrong (again)?
The author of a new book on the reparations industry, John Torpey, explains why payouts for past suffering are not the way forward.
A crisis in Italian football? Don't believe the British hype.
spiked-TV: Giles Coren's Tax the Fat was more facetious than factual.
Even Spain is starting to recognise apes’ rights. We should stop looking to chimps to renew human civilisation.
Peter Crouch: just because he makes us laugh doesn't make him an international footballer.
Read spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London) on the UK government's World Cup crackdown.
The UK government's obsession with tackling antisocial behaviour is making society even more lonely and fragmented.
In the name of preventing terrorism, public bodies could get new powers to read our emails. But what about privacy?
The UK government wants to relax gambling restrictions - as long as we all agree to gamble sensibly.
The UK government's latest leaked initiative for dealing with antisocial behaviour seems designed to turn us into a nation of squealers.
On the enduring attraction of a quarrelsome German philosopher who went bananas.
How self-interested students helped to undermine the industrial action by British university lecturers seeking more pay.
Loretta Napoleoni, author of Insurgent Iraq: Al-Zarqawi and the New Generation, on how a nobody became the most notorious terrorist in the world.
Why are fewer women having children? Exposure to endless panics about the dangers of parenting might have something to do with it.
But we still need a Culture War on cynicism.
New Labour wants to use football as a form of national therapy.
The Pacific state’s slide into turmoil exposes the hollowness of the ‘independence’ granted to it by the UN.
The campaign to get GPs to 'screen' their patients for signs of abuse is based on the poisonous idea that violence between partners is widespread.
Ignore the doom-mongers and philistines – it is both possible and desirable to rescue Venice from sinking into the sea.
The media are still looking for answers on Lansdown Road, but shouldn’t they be directing their enquiries elsewhere?
Read Mick Hume in The Times (London) on what schools are teaching teenagers about terrorism.
Our man in Germany soaks up the sun and Europeans’ idea of fun at the France-Switzerland game.
After ugly wins over Paraguay and Trinidad, Sven is devoting his energies to thinking up (rubbish) excuses for England’s poor performances.
A Frankfurt-based journalist and football fan tackles the German government for trying to reinvent the nation around the World Cup.
TV commentary on the World Cup has been disappointingly cosy and conformist.
Universities should go public about their experiments on animals, and win society over.
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick has been a staunch critic of Dr Andrew Wakefield, who kickstarted the MMR-autism scare. So why is he defending him against the General Medical Council?
After those worthy mid-West cowboys, it’s almost a relief to see bitchy homos back on the big screen in Colour Me Kubrick.
At the Compass conference in London, elitist conservatism marched under the banner of the old left.
Surely Stephen Hawking could have made a better case for space travel than by arguing that humans face certain disaster on Earth?
Why supporters and opponents of 'Sarah's Law' are as bad as one another.
What should be the abiding memory of World Cup 2006? The renaissance of the fat footballer.
The attack on Japan for continuing to hunt whales is cultural imperialism dressed up in PC lingo.
Meet the unholy alliance of Bushies, Christians and feminists trying to convince us that World Cup 2006 is a cesspit of trafficked women and sex-slavery.
Two sessions at a recent event hosted by the New York Times Magazine provided insights into the coverage of the Iraq war, and the state of US politics.
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).
Widespread accusations of corruption in American business and politics are filling the gap left by the decline of genuine debate.
The east African state is a case study in how today's humanitarian intervention can be even more lethal than the old White Man's Burden.
Don’t rejoice in the irony that social workers are now having their private lives interrogated by an unaccountable body – it’s an ominous sign of the times.
Why Australian prime minister John Howard is slated for supporting the war in Iraq but cheered for reconquering the Solomon Islands and East Timor.
Former British minister Chris Smith spurned the offer of after-dinner speeches to write about the crisis of civilisation instead. So, was it worth it?
From climate change doom-mongers to population alarmists, every kind of fear entrepreneur is piggy-backing on the ‘war on terrorism’.
Where does the Commission for Racial Equality, official celebrator of difference, get off blaming parents for racial segregation in schools?
New Labour's Human Rights Act and the Tories' proposed British Bill of Rights share the same elitist prejudice: that ‘rights’ are gifts granted by governments and judges.
From God’s Next Army to The Convent - why TV is so suspicious of religious conviction.
Why every World Cup team wants its very own beanpole like Peter Crouch.
Niall Ferguson’s War of the World is shot through with a negative view of progress and some dubious socio-biological thinking.
By reversing the roles of abuser and victim, Hard Candy sheds light on the paedophile panic and fears of the mob.
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).
The ‘friends of Palestine’ in the West have reduced Palestinians to the status of children, incapable of running their own lives much less an independent state.