The Wisdom of Nature

We are always being told that nature is good for us – and that we should spend more time in its company for the sake of our health. What is less…

The Holidays When You're Feeling Mentally Unwell

For those of us who feel at the mentally fragile end of things, and are sometimes plain unwell in our minds, the prospect of the holidays poses particular challenges. For a…

The Shortest Journey: On Going for a Walk around the Block

A walk is, in a sense, the smallest sort of journey we can ever undertake. It stands in relation to a typical holiday as a bonsai tree does to a forest.…

How to Spend a Few Days in Paris

Paris is one of the world’s most famous and visited cities. How should one spend a couple of days there? By answering this, we’ll be examining a host of questions about…

The Advantages of Staying at Home

Lying in bed late at night or waiting at the platform for the commuter train home, we often daydream about where it would be so much nicer to be: perhaps the…

Why Germans Can Say Things No One Else Can

We’re hugely dependent on language to help us express what we really think and feel. But some languages are better than others at crisply naming important sensations. Germans have been geniuses…