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1. Naked ambition

In July, Adrian Michaels asked whether Italian women’s lack of representation in the boardroom contributed to their lack of clothing everywhere else.

2. The cheat is on

In April, Pamela Druckerman offered us a penetrating comparison of attitudes to adultery, exploring how they vary with gender, religion and nationality.

3. Default position

In September, Jonathan Birchall recounted tales from the human end of the US subprime crisis.

4. The long haul

In June, David Pilling took us on a trip through Tsujiki fish market, a centuries-old instution that looks set to be relocated from its prime Tokyo real-estate.

5. Is bingo’s number up?

Alex Barker made a nostalgic defence of bingo, asking how the British institution - and the communities that rely on it - will cope in a land of super-casinos.

6. Quick off the blog

Sam Apple followed one American blogger, whose investigative persistence is helping to frame political debate and set the news agenda in the US.

7. “I’ll sail the Atlantic in a reed boat”

Dominique Gorlitz discussed his planned sailing feat, which might have re-dated the start global trade.

8. Spend, spend, spend. Save, save, save

In January, Alan Beattie covered the launch of Product Red’s clothing line. Product Red combines charitable objectives with capitalist means, using its profits to buy anti-retroviral drugs and help AIDS orphans in Africa.

9. Village greened

In April, Rob Blackhurst reported on Ashton Hayes, whose villagers are trying to create the first carbon-neutral village in England, in a rare example of bottom-up political activism.

10. The bucks stop here

In January, Michela Wrong featured John Githongo, a former anti-corruption chief who had fled from Kenya after uncovering a series of corrupt procurement deals.

11. Snooze function

In May, Peter Barber relayed developments in the well-funded field of sleep research, revealing sleep to be a busy period in which the body is benefited as well as the brain.

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