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Before my sister died, I promised her I’d hold Britain’s benefits system to account

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In the grounds of a mental health hospital my sister, Philippa Day, looked at me with tear-filled eyes and told me that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)’s actions would kill her, and that when they did she w...

Get used to it: working from home may be for life, not just for Christmas

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In 2018, a man in Germany slipped on his way to work. The fall broke one of his vertebrae, and as such his workplace insurance was obliged to pay out for the accident. This wasn’t your average commute, though: the man...

A Very Nice Girl by Imogen Crimp review – power games

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Anna meets Max in a hotel bar in central London. They have both just finished work – Max is a banker and Anna, a trainee opera singer, does jazz sets on the side to pay her rent. Anna is 24, Max 38. Max is wealthy and...

Top 10 books about performance – the lives of actors and musicians

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Performers work with sounds, bodies and movement, while the writer’s only tool is language. So writing about the performing arts is something of a challenge: how can one art form get across the essence of another? How...

The Splitwise app is excellent for divvying up the bill, but it can’t fix human nature

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A friend of mine was once invited to a potluck dinner where the theme was “pink food”. He fumbled the bag from the off, deciding two hours before the party to bring jelly, which was of course not set by the time he ha...