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If rape jokes are finally funny it's because they're targeting rape culture | Rebecca Solnit

The rape joke used to all be about punching down. Now, that’s changing<p>In 2012 US comedian Daniel Tosh made a series of jokes about rape at a comedy club in Hollywood. An audience member reportedly interrupted him: “Rape jokes are never funny.” Tosh allegedly responded: “Wouldn’t it be funny if that …

Ten books that changed the world

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Oliver Sacks, who has taught us so much, now teaches us the art of dying

Like millions of readers I had a lump in my throat as I read Oliver Sacks reveal his diagnosis of terminal cancer earlier this year. Every doctor aspires to be a little like Sacks whether for his sharp intellect, his obvious humanity or his exquisite writings that go to the core of what it means to …

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The forgotten land of colours: a trip through Iran's Persian Gulf

Our correspondent savours the natural beauty and the traditional lifestyles on the islands, under threat from commercial developments<p>“This rock is a dragon, left here before the last great war.”<p>“Look at the top of the cliff. We call that rock Ferdowsi, as it looks from afar like the great …

Build your bod and core with press-up to plank - video

Upper body and core strength is key for moving the bike around over technical sections and pumping the terrain. The press-up to plank move is a great …

The right tools for the job: building an affordable home workshop

Okay so, I'm starting with a hypothetical situation in which I have a modest budget to spend and an empty toolbox (or wall, or bag). What tools would …

Field Cycles Classic

Yorkshire is the largest county in the United Kingdom, of a sufficient scale to warrant it being divided into three ‘Ridings’ — a division of land traditionally designated by the distance that one could cover on horseback in a certain period of time. An apt allotment for Sheffield, historically …

Horseback

Up-Cycled: Buck!t Belts and “Watch Belts” made from recycled bicycle tires

In these days of mass production and unimaginative merchandise that is cast from the same mold, there are companies out there producing unique and …

Food fight: Row over saturated fat advice

<b>A row has erupted over claims that official guidance to cut down on saturated fat had been based on shaky evidence.</b><p>In the 1970s and 80s, there was a big push away from saturated fats in the US and UK as experts cautioned they were bad for the heart.<p>Scientists writing in the journal Open Heart have …

Nutrition

Lance Armstrong should get back his titles, says Scott Mercier

<b>Lance Armstrong should get back his seven Tour de France titles and be forgiven, according to former US Postal Service Pro Team rider Scott Mercier.</b><p>American Mercier, 47, quit the sport in 1997 when he refused to join the team's doping programme.<p>Armstrong signed for the team a year later and won six …

Cycling

Cycling knee pain: causes and solutions

Your knees can be irritated by the repeated motion of cycling, especially if you try and do too much too quickly, or your bike set-up isn't quite …

You need to be more assertive. Read this article! Right now!

We’d all like to speak up, stand our ground when put upon and express our real feelings and desires. Alas, the reality is often rather different. If you sometimes feel as if you’ve got the word “Welcome” stamped across your forehead, don’t despair. These six tips will help you to push</b> …

FOUND: 9point8’s Torque Keys Make Proper Bolt Torque Affordable & Easy

9point8, the Canadian company that brought us the Pulse Dropper Seatpost, has created another unique idea. This time, using the inherent flex in a …

My brain tumour will be removed this week, and I can be thankful

On the morning of my diagnosis I rush to get ready for work. It’s 6am and I make a cup of black tea. As I carry it across the room, even though I’m being careful, I spill most of the boiling liquid, burning my hand. What’s wrong with me, I think.<p>By 10.30am my GP will telephone me at work with the …

Five reasons why we should all learn how to do nothing

Are today’s always-connected, crazily busy lifestyles affecting our health? Give yourself a break – your brain needs downtime<p>The idea that “doing nothing” is a skill to be learned might seem bewildering at first. Surely it’s just a question of stopping doing anything else? Yet that’s far easier …

Reader’s Rides: Sven Cycles 14lb Reynolds 953 Rocketship

Handbuilt in Weymouth Dorset, Sven Cycles creates dream rides from high-end steel. Owner Darron Sven built this black beauty for himself, fitting it …

How controversial beer firm BrewDog became so popular

<b>When the founders of popular but controversial beer company BrewDog needed a second bank loan to enable them to expand production, their tactic was a simple one - lie through their teeth.</b><p>It was back in 2008, and James Watt and Martin Dickie's then tiny brewery at Fraserburgh, north-east Scotland, …

Beer

Great Blue Hole off Belize yields new clues to fall of Mayan civilisation

Research supports theory that drought and climate conditions reduced Mayans from a regional power to survivors abandoning cities to virtual extinction<p>A massive underwater sinkhole surrounded by reefs, caves and sharks has provided archaeologists with clues in the mystery of the fall of the Mayan …

Belize

Magna Carta – 800 years on

Nelson Mandela appealed to it; the US founding fathers drew on it; Charles I’s opponents cherished it. David Carpenter considers the huge significance of the 13th-century document that asserted a fundamental principle – the rule of law<p>This year, 2015, is the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. It was …

Home Workshop Series Part 2: Lighting, Tool Storage and Work Stands

In Part One, we laid out a few ideas for creating a work space. Now it’s time to start filling that space up.<p>Once you get working on your bike, you …

Anyone for ant tea? Hangover remedies from around the world

Pickle juice, Russia<p>Not surprisingly, Russians have a lot of great hangover cures. One of the favourites is chugging a glassful of the brine out of a jar of pickled gherkins. Apparently, the fermentation process creates digestive probiotics and the salt helps replace lost electrolytes.<p>You can buy a …

The day the Pintupi Nine entered the modern world

<b>In 1984 a group of Australian Aboriginal people living a traditional nomadic life were encountered in the heart of the Gibson desert in Western Australia. They had been unaware of the arrival of Europeans on the continent, let alone cars - or even clothes.</b><p>If you want to know how Australian …

Siblings

The 2014 Cycle EXIF Top 10 | Cycle EXIF

What an incredible year 2014 has been. We’ve seen some big changes, but one constant is the fact that we can climb aboard this simple machine called a bicycle and fly like an eagle above it all, enjoying the solitude or the camaraderie of friends.<p>There’s still a couple of weeks left to 2014, but as …

Bicycles

The Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books of 2014

After the year’s best reads in science, children’s books, psychology and philosophy, and art, design, and photography, here come the finest memoirs, biographies, and history books of the year — our most inviting bridge between past and present, personal and universal.<p>1. A LIFE WORTH LIVING<p><i>“To</i> …

“Winter Sleep”: A haunting masterpiece from Turkey about love, loss, class and religion

Shot on the high plateau of central Turkey, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s gorgeous “Winter Sleep” is one of 2014’s best films<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>December 18, 2014 8:20pm (UTC)<p>I’m sometimes tempted to make a big deal about the diminished status of foreign-language film, especially when it comes to cinema from …

Mig 2D: Retro Shooter debuts for shoot 'em up fans

From the game's description:<p>Mig 2D has 20 levels of the most intense gameplay, offering you the chance to control a legendary fighter plane and …

Catch Notes service shutting down after Aug. 30

After years of service to its web and mobile users, Catch Notes has made the difficult decision to shut down its services. One of a growing number of …

Apps

DEREK BAILEY - Playing For Friends on 5th Street

Mike Cotty's 300-mile training ride