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A beginner’s guide to exiting lockdown

For all the bravado of lockdown’s most endless repeated refrain – can’t wait to go to the pub! – I…

3 Jun 2020

Chalk of the town: how hopscotch reclaimed Britain’s streets

Hopscotch has been rediscovered by the Covid generation but what lies behind its enduring appeal?

2 Jun 2020

Word of the week: Exit

Spectator Life’s satirist Andy Shaw brings you a dictionary of era-defining words

29 May 2020

There’s nothing normal about getting nude on set

Emma Watson’s body double reveals the realities of undressing on screen.

26 May 2020

A break from the football is what die-hard fans like me need

Following a club in the age of social media is gruelling and relentless, especially when it’s Brentford.

25 May 2020

Word of the week: Experts

Spectator Life’s satirist Andy Shaw brings you a dictionary of era-defining words.

22 May 2020

Traffic-free streets are a utopia worth striving for

Lockdown gave us a glimpse of carless cities – now it’s time we made it a reality.

19 May 2020

There’s nothing more socially distanced than a game of cricket

Cricket clubs remain closed but the game could easily be adapted for the Covid-19 era.

18 May 2020

Singles are worse off without Guardian Soulmates

The “You’ve Got Mail” build up of words offered something deeper amid the instant meat market of online dating.

16 May 2020

Word of the week: ‘R number’

Beware of the intellectual viruses spreading through the West.

15 May 2020

How to write a realistic lockdown bucket list

Forget reading The Complete Works of Shakespeare, it’s winning the family Zoom quiz that matters now.

15 May 2020

Word of the week: Herd Immunity

Like a herd of bison the government has ‘followed the science’ in the hope it will be immune to criticism.

8 May 2020

Why are we ignoring our impending economic doom?

All our bluster about self-improvement will vanish as soon as our new economic reality starts to bite.

6 May 2020

Frieda Vizel: ‘Unorthodox’ is nothing like the Hasidic community I know

Frieda Vizel, left the ultra-Orthodox Jewish environment in New York. But she’s disappointed in the Netflix series’ depiction of the Hasidic community

4 May 2020

On the box: why communal TV is back

Thanks to the pandemic, tuning in with the family is all the rage.

4 May 2020

Word of the week: Zoom

Spectator Life’s satirist Andy Shaw brings you a dictionary of era defining words.

1 May 2020

What will Boris call his baby? 11 names we hope make the cut

The PM has good form when it comes to eccentric baby names but here are a few future classics in case he’s running out of ideas.

30 Apr 2020

Ignore the lockdown snobs: quarantine culture is a triumph of populism

The cultural gatekeepers are at home pressing refresh on Ocado.com and the public are the new taste makers.

28 Apr 2020

Word of the week: #claptheNHS

Spectator Life’s satirist Andy Shaw brings you a dictionary of era-defining words.

24 Apr 2020

The Ten Commandments of University Challenge

Relive some of the show’s best moments with these simple dos and don’ts.

20 Apr 2020

Word of the week: PPE

Spectator Life satirist Andy Shaw brings you a dictionary of era-defining words.

17 Apr 2020

The worst thing about lockdown TV? Wearing my wife’s makeup

People have asked me how it was performing with no laughter. Suffice to say, I’ve been there before.

14 Apr 2020

Word of the week: 5G

Spectator Life’s satirist Andy Shaw brings you a dictionary of era-defining words.

10 Apr 2020

10 phrases to banish for good after coronavirus

From herd immunity to pangolin – Covid-19 deserves a dictionary all of its own.

9 Apr 2020

Who will be the nation’s new Vera Lynn?

The Queen referenced Dame Vera Lynn in her lockdown speech but what does it really mean to be a ‘national treasure’?

8 Apr 2020

Here’s how PC Plod can get us Brits to behave

The nitpicking of PC plod during lockdown is like that of a power-happy prefect at school.

6 Apr 2020