After 130 Years, Aunt Jemima Has a New Name
The Aunt Jemima brand is a well known name - and some might say iconic - on store shelves in the US. But now the 130-year-old brand - part of Quaker Oats and ultimately owned by PepsiCo - is getting a new name and logo.Read full story
Statues Are Not History
That’s what you’re bound to hear at least once if you discuss the removal of statues, which happened last summer in high profile instances in the U.S., U.K., and Belgium (to name but three countries).Read full story
Why You Should Be Reading Science Fiction
If you think you’re not into science fiction, I get it. Maybe you’re picturing laser guns and spaceship battles and nine-foot tall aliens. Maybe you think science fiction is a bit simple. A bit stupid. For kids. Or for boys. Maybe you think it’s not real literature. Or maybe you’ve been turned off by the apparent never-ending movie and/or TV franchises of Star Wars and Star Trek.Read full story
What Next for Frank Lampard After Chelsea Dream Turns Sour?
Frank Lampard was supposed to be different. If all of the other Chelsea managers of the Roman Abramovich era were mere short term flings - and there have been plenty, with 14 managers in 18 years, (two more if you include temporary caretakers Ray Wilkins and Steve Holland), and both Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink getting two cracks at the job - then Lampard was supposed to be the sensible long term relationship to settle down with. It's always been you, Frank.Read full story
How a Day Without My Phone Helped Me Be Present for My Daughter
Sometimes, when I spend time with my daughter, I’m not really spending time with my daughter. We could be playing together, or reading, or watching television, and as much as I adore my 18-month-old toddler, my attention isn’t always fully there.Read full story
What Happens to the QAnon Theory Now Biden is President?
There were no mass arrests. No release of sealed indictments. No military tribunals beamed into everyone’s televisions via the emergency broadcast system. JFK Jr didn’t come back from the dead. Joe Biden was not revealed as a clone. The supreme court didn’t overturn the election result. Mike Pence didn’t, either. The ballots didn’t have secret watermarks. The Kraken lawsuit was laughed out of court. So was every other from Trump’s “elite strike force” legal team. Hillary Clinton still hasn’t been arrested. Donald Trump is no longer president. There will be no second term. Joe Biden is president. There is no “Great Awakening”. There never was a storm.Read full story
The Case Against Spanking Your Kids
Like any new parent, I had plenty of worries about fatherhood. Being a dad with a physical disability added an extra layer of worry on top of your garden variety new parent concerns like will they love me? and will I ever know what I’m doing?.Read full story
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love E-Readers
Irent, which means I move a lot. And each time I pack up my stuff to move I think: maybe I should just get an e-reader. Packing box after box of heavy, heavy books is a real slog.Read full story
Is the Future of Work a Never-Ending Work Day?
I’ve been working from home since March. Initially, my employer encouraged me to isolate due to a persistent cough, and soon enough the office itself was closed as the UK followed most of the world in entering lockdown.Read full story
Where Does the Republican Party Go After Trump?
Let's call it what it was: an attempted coup. Not just the storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters that left five people dead, but everything the outgoing president has done since his November 2020 election defeat.Read full story
Here's the Secret to Sticking to Your New Year's Resolutions
It’s a new year, which means new year’s resolutions. Of course, still being in the throes of a global pandemic means 2021 resolutions may be different from the usual — depending on where you live, your local gym might not be able to open, while quitting drinking might prove easier if the pubs and bars are closed where you live — but the Earth’s annual trip around the sun still gives us that compulsion to try to change for the better.Read full story
No, You Don't Need to Produce Great Creative Work During a Pandemic
We are living in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. A global pandemic has taken hold, stock markets are crumbling, businesses are closing, everything is cancelled and life itself is being put on pause.Read full story
I Was Scared of Being a Dad, But Now Being a Stay-At-Home Dad is My Dream
I was scared of being a father well before I was one. I worried about it when my wife and I discussed having a child, I was worried about it when she was pregant and I was especially worried about it when I held my tiny, wriggling fragile daughter in the hospital room after she was born.Read full story
Don't Wait to Follow Your Dreams
I didn’t. I had a few different dreams as a kid. First, I wanted to be a police officer. Then an archaeologist (because of Indiana Jones). Then a paleontologist (because of Jurassic Park). Then an astronomer (but that dream ended when I found out maths was involved).Read full story
Explaining QAnon, The Far-Right Conspiracy That's Growing in Popularity
The world of the QAnon far-right conspiracy theory is sprawling, often confusing and contradictory. You might have heard of it, but might not know all of the details. That’s fine — there are a lot of details.Read full story
What It's Like When Your Parent Friends Can't Share Your Experience
There are certain universal truths that all new parents understand: you will never finish your housework, every single hot drink will go cold before you and finish it, and, last but not least, you will lose some friends.Read full story
Will We Still Need Offices After the Pandemic?
The Covid-19 coronavirus crisis is far from over. It looks better in some countries than others. The likes of New Zealand, Australia and South Korea have coped well with it, adopting a so-called “Covid zero” strategy that has seem them attempt to eradicate, rather than just control or suppress the spread of the virus.Read full story
Your Child's Behavioural Phases Will Pass, But It's OK to Find Them Tough
Ever since my daughter was born, my mantra has been “this will pass”. Being a parent with a disability means I have to understand my limitations and focus on what I can do rather than what I can’t. And it means realising that tough periods will pass.Read full story
Christmas 2020 Won't Be Fun - Just Get Through It
Christmas 2020 is going to be an odd one for most of us who celebrate it — unless you are lucky enough to live one of the small number of countries who seem to have the Covid-19 pandemic under control.Read full story
Why Do Writers Procrastinate?
It’s a common lament for many frustrated writers: I’d like to get more writing done, but I just don’t have the time. But is that true, or do we just waste the time we do have? On one night recently I had that precious commodity: time. My daughter was in bed and snoring by 8pm, my wife — tired and a little under the weather — had gone to bed too. There was nothing on TV, I was ahead of schedule in my day job to wasn’t tempted to log on and do extra work.Read full story