Warning! Mawkish parents ahead

This week marked the last time I shall walk one of my children to school. I envisaged a wistful, maybe even elegiac, affair

Mel Gibson (C) is shown as he directs a scene of his film "Braveheart." Gibson received a Golden Globe Award nomination December 21 for best director of a motion picture for his work in "Braveheart," which he also produced and starred in. The 1996 Golden Globe Awards will be presented January 21,1996 during a live telecast from The Beverly Hilton - RTXFIFH
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Welcome to the Braveheart Games

The very idea of using the event to further the cause of independence would be plain unsporting

One-way conversations? Blame social media

The rules of reciprocity appear to have been set aside. Today one does not so much converse as take oral selfies

Female bishops and catwalk politicians

The cause of equality has been taken to a higher level in England

The computer will see you now

Doctors are going to have to learn to live with Google

The Brits can teach Brazil about soccer

We have spent decades mastering the art of grace in defeat – it is now a national trait

Why we’re all lab rats now

If Facebook can manipulate your mood (which the tests show it could) then with its huge reach, it has worrying power

London calling – trouble on the line

David Cameron, UK prime minister, has been trying to build bridges with Jean-Claude Juncker

Culinary skills and other burning issues

Just as our ancestors taught us how to make fire, I will teach the spawn my recipe for lamb and apricot burgers

Illustration by Lucas Varela of a child waging war in the loft
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How to annex the spare room, Putin-style

We do not see a military solution but have not ruled out targeted sanctions such as boycotting her school play

‘Shia Panic’: a buddy movie set in Iraq

They were enemies until Isis came along and threatened everything. Then they were friends

Spot the difference

If a computer program has become indistinguishable from a 13-year-old, that may be because many 13-year-olds are now indistinguishable from their computers

Soccer chat cheat sheet

The key to watching England is that, in spite of all the evidence, you secretly believe this is their year

Juncker – the People’s President

Dozens loiter chanting the name of one of EU’s best-loved unknowns in what some call ‘the Grey Revolution’

Michael Gove’s Frightfully British Book Club

‘Don’t get me wrong. I’ve nothing against foreign books. Of course we should read them; but only when we’ve finished all the British ones’

Of Apple homes and driverless lives

Plans for connected homes and Google’s move into self-driving cars raise several concerns

The empire strokes back

‘At school, team sports exist to teach kids that they are less than the institutions they serve’

Google and the search for privacy

I fear the ‘right to be forgotten’ will be abused by those whose sins most need to be remembered

Lifting the lid on the new unpopulists

The trick is to stay out of power to avoid awkward questions and the messy business of governing

Oh, the injustice of it all…

‘I felt less like a juror in a criminal trial than an Olympic ice-dancing judge’

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