Guardian columnist, writes books, comes late to technology.

David Starkey’s Magna Carta review - he’s a far better history teacher than political pundit — What IS the verb for my relationship with David Starkey? I don't know him. I don't like him. I don't admire him (beyond the usual admiration I have for anyone who has mastered History-with-a-capital-H). I ... enjoy him. Yes, that's it. I enjoy him. He's a turn.

If you don’t understand how people fall into poverty, you’re probably a sociopath — Last week, I took part in a comedy night to raise money for the charity Refuge, which supports women and children who have experienced domestic violence.

The Eichmann Show review - full of good actors and good intentions — The Eichmann Show (BBC2) was full of good actors and good intentions. In last night's docudrama about the televising of the 1961 trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann for war crimes, Martin Freeman was, as you would expect, utterly convincing as beleaguered producer Milton Fruchtman, constantly firefighting practical, commercial and ethical problems before and during the four-month trial.

Before Google, what did we want to know? Ask the New York Public Library — The New York Public Library recently shoved aside its copy of the Gutenberg Bible and illuminated Renaissance manuscripts and unearthed an even greater treasure and testament to humanity's ingenuity and questing spirit: a cache of questions asked of librarians by a curious - in all senses of the word - public from an age before the internet made interaction with informed human beings obsolete.

Cyberbully - review: part gothic horror, part An Inspector Calls for the digital age — Just in case you hadn't resolved to make 2015 the year you finally gather up your stockpile of guns, gold and ammo and move into your share of that bunker in Montana your survivalist friend secured for you with what seemed like risible hysteria a decade ago but has now come to look like preternatural precautionary insight, last night's Cyberbully (Channel 4) should have given you that last little shove over the decision-making precipice.

Supercars Vs Used Cars: The Trade Off review - lost in Mayfair, struggling in Bridgend — O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us! It was frae mony a blunder free us An' foolish notion - Robert Burns There were only two revealing moments in the otherwise entirely vapid Supercars Vs Used Cars: The Trade Off (BBC2).

Esio Trot review - Dench sparkles, Hoffman is perfect; World’s Strongest Man — I need another four hearts to contain all my love for last night's Esio Trot (BBC1) - an utterly, completely, inescapably beguiling adaptation of Roald Dahl's book by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer, directed by Dearbhla Walsh, narrated by James Corden and starring Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench.

The future of Britain’s libraries: why lattes and Wi-Fi are nothing to fear — I started coming to Torridon Road Library in Catford, south-east London with my book-loving father when I was four or five. My parents still live in my childhood home, five minutes' walk from Torridon, and Dad still visits the library every week.

The Joy of the Bee Gees review - a song of constant reinvention — So deep is my love for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb that you don't know what it's like having to avoid the temptation to review a programme like The Joy of the Bee Gees (BBC4) by - and I've gotta get a message to you about this - incorporating the titles of as many of their hits as possible.

Inside Canterbury Cathedral review — In its almost 1,500 years as Anglicanism's mother church, I doubt whether Canterbury Cathedral has witnessed such a quintessential moment of Church of Englandness as we did in the opening episode of the three-part documentary Inside Canterbury Cathedral (BBC2).
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Jan 29, 2015

Can anyone from @RandomHouseUK tell me whether Ealing Broadway or Common is nearest tube to office on Uxbridge Rd? Have conflicting reportsx

Jan 27, 2015

RT @StylistMagazine: Stylist's columnist @LucyMangan takes the 36 questions challenge but finds there are no life hacks for love…

Jan 27, 2015

@thelibrarymiss If all goes according to plan, next Saturday's @guardian - main section x

Jan 27, 2015

@StiffPigeon I think you're thinking of Jeanette Winterson

Jan 27, 2015

I am interviewing Jacqueline Wilson on Friday. I love my job.

Jan 27, 2015

@lordmagnusen That's amazing - thank you so much! (And I totally agree with your edits) xx

Jan 27, 2015

@jamieklingler It is a FRAUGHT business. Should come with emotional-health warning.

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