Columns

More Than The Game: The War For Football’s Rotten Heart

Surely most of the figures complicit in the corruption behind Qatar’s bid are gone from the sport. What’s the point in raging over closed cases, especially when the Qatari World Cup is so close? One may query. Well, I would answer, FIFA is a very seedy operation and you aren’t thinking big enough.

Cultures Film & TV

Lights, Camera, But Definitely No Action: Sex On Screen and Covid-19

Curtains have been closed, concession stands bare, for many months. The arts industries have suffered more than many, performing arts in particular, mostly in light of how easily an infectious disease could proliferate in an enclosed space full of people sitting shoulder to shoulder. Concerns now seem to have, well, spread deeper into the industrial Read More…

Cultures Literature

Lonely Books: A Solitary Reading List

I first noticed the loneliness when the daily Zoom calls dried up and I started talking to the birds in my garden instead. I’d been lonely before, but lockdown loneliness felt different. The issue wasn’t that I didn’t have a support network, more that I did, and like all of us during the coronavirus pandemic, Read More…