7 February 2008

Cloverfield: 9/11 meets Godzilla

With its wobbly camera work and spoilt-twentysomethings storyline, Hollywood’s new monster movie leaves one shaken but not stirred.

4 February 2008

Decimation of the polar bear: bearfaced lies?

A leading expert in forecasting tells spiked that research into the impact of climate change on polar bears has been shockingly shoddy.

1 February 2008

‘Underwear model excluded from team!’

There was something desperately contrived about the frontpage fuss over David Beckham’s absence from Fabio Capello’s first England squad.

31 January 2008

This is more than a case of ‘media Maddieness’

Tim Black reports from a debate amongst leading journalists about the ‘story of their lifetime’: the abduction of Madeleine McCann and the subsequent public hysteria.

Books 25 January 2008

The little book of big ideas

Slicing through PR and marketing bullshit, James Harkin’s dictionary of the ‘latest thinking’ reminds us that ideas can change the world and invites us to start formulating our own.

23 January 2008

Environmentalists: don’t label them Luddites

Using the L-word to describe today’s middle-class eco-miserabilists is an insult to the nineteenth-century radicals who fought for their rights and dignity.

14 January 2008

‘We should refuse to be terrorised’

At the London launch of his new book, Invitation to Terror, Frank Furedi offered some salutary advice to Gordon Brown on how to win the ‘battle of ideas’.

8 January 2008

The dangers of ‘celebrity science’

A new report shows why we should take celebs’ advice on food, chemicals, how to avoid cancer and other scientific matters with an unhealthily large dose of salt.

19 December 2007

'Toys can be fun.
They can also kill'

Fueled by irrational fear and a dash of angst about the 'yellow peril', Channel 4's investigation of dangerous Xmas toys was like an episode of Brass Eye.

29 November 2007

Christine Ohuruogu: sporting hero or villain?

In the Kafkaesque world of athletics drug-testing, admirable world champions like British runner Ohuruogu will always be tainted with suspicion.