Tim Atkinson

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Back pain: how to live with one of the world’s biggest health problems

The most common cause of disability is a condition as old as time itself. But is the industry that has built up around scans, injections and opioids a waste of time?<p>My alarm went off one morning about 18 months ago and I woke up to realise I was in agony. It was my back. I tried moving, I tried …

Pain

From the First Battle of Ypres to Brexit

Our century-long retreat from that line of villages and hamlets is accelerating into a rout. Bring it on<p>Poperinghe, Bailleul, Wytschaete, Gheluvelt, Ploegsteert, Messines, Zonnebeke, Passchendaele. The other week I grandiosely claimed that I have been reading about the first world war, on and off, …

World History

Fall of Troy: the legend and the facts

The legendary ancient city of Troy is very much in the limelight this year: a big budget co-production between the BBC and Netflix: Troy, Fall of a …

Ancient History

It’s time to talk about facials – the kind that involve semen

<b>The first time a man came on my face, I assumed he’d missed.</b><p>‘It’s fine!’ I said blithely, as I rubbed my face on his sheets. ‘Don’t worry about it! …

Churchill was PM, JFK was assassinated and we fought against France: How millennials get WW1 wrong

An armed forces charity has revealed its fears that the efforts of brave World War One soldiers may be forgotten after a survey revealed one in five millennials thought Britain fought it against France.<p>SSAFA, formerly known as the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, polled 2,000 …

Friends, Romans, naked wolf-men ... why an ancient festival is still controversial

Scenes from films like Gladiator and series such as HBO’s Rome might lead you to think that the ancient Romans were liberal in their view of nudity. In fact the opposite was true. It was only during exceptional occasions that Romans were freed from their social norms – and the most spectacular …

Ancient History

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The Glorious Dead — The brooding sculpture of four mourning figures by...

The brooding sculpture of four mourning figures by Professor Emil Krieger, at Langemark German cemetery, Belgium. The cemetery contains over 44,000 …

Reading Ovid in the Age of #MeToo

In 2015, four Columbia University undergraduates published an op-ed in their student paper petitioning English professors to affix trigger warnings to Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The poem’s “vivid depictions of rape and sexual assault,” they wrote, were distressing to survivors, one of whom “was …

Literature

Opioid makers gave $10M to advocacy groups amid epidemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies selling some of the most lucrative prescription painkillers funneled millions of dollars to advocacy groups that in turn …

Why Swimming in Cold Water May Be Good for Pain Relief

Taking a plunge in cold water paid off for a 28-year-old man with chronic nerve pain.<p>A case study published Monday in <i>The BMJ</i> tells the plight of a …

Physiotherapy

‘I could hear things, and I could feel terrible pain’: when anaesthesia fails

Anaesthesia remains a mysterious and inexact science – and thousands of patients still wake up on the operating table every year. By Kate Cole-Adams<p>When Rachel Benmayor was admitted to hospital, eight and a half months pregnant, in 1990, her blood pressure had been alarmingly high and her doctor …

Anesthesia

Welcome to the age of ‘deepfake’ porn: Your starring role in a sex film is just a few selfies away

In the future everyone will be an involuntary AI-enabled porn star for 15 minutes.<p>Remember that time you filmed a gang bang scene? Or the time you …

The IQ test wars: Why screening for intelligence is still so controversial

John, 12 years old, is three times as old as his brother. How old will John be when he is twice as old as his brother?<p>Two families go bowling. While …

Cambridge University considering break with 200 years of tradition by adopting US-style degree system

Cambridge University could break with 200 years of tradition by adopting a US-style degree system in a bid to tackle relentless grade inflation, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal.<p>The move to Grade Point Average could eventually see the first and 2:1 phased out, as British universities look to closer …

'We Weren't Prepared for This.' Inside the Accidental Liberation of a Concentration Camp

In early 1945, World War II was approaching its end in Europe, a conclusion that would officially arrive when the Germans surrendered to the Allies …

U.S. Army

Mum Addicted To Prescription Drugs For 22 Years Shares Heartbreaking Story To Encourage Others To Seek Help

At one point she was taking 12 high-strength sleeping pills a night.<p>A woman who spent 22 years of her life addicted to prescription medication and …

The sex lives of conductors

Norman Lebrecht examines the sordid underbelly of conducting where sex is considered a perk of the job<p>I once knew a great conductor who claimed that he never boarded a plane to a new orchestra without a tube of lube in his pocket. Just in case he got lucky (which he often did).<p>Conductors are …

Man convicted of theft in 1976 cleared after Googling his arresting officer

Stephen Simmons was convicted of mailbag theft over 40 years ago but a chance discovery led to his acquittal<p>A man found guilty of stealing mailbags more than 40 years ago has had his conviction quashed in what the lord chief justice described as an exceptional case. The court of appeal heard that …

I love my girlfriend, but I want to have a threesome | Dear Mariella

A man in a happy relationship says he’s repressing his promiscuous side. Mariella Frostrup says he may be with the wrong woman<p><b>The dilemma</b> <i>I’m in a sweet, monogamous relationship with my girlfriend. We’re in our early 40s. She’s beautiful and we have a happy sex life. But I’m also fascinated by her</i> …

Relationships

What a medieval love saga says about modern-day sexual harassment

Suddenly, popular media is saturated with stories of powerful men outed by women for behavior in the workplace. These alleged harassers seem to …

Sexual Harassment

The slow death of the literary novel: the sales crisis afflicting fiction

The percentage of authors earning a full-time living solely from writing dropped from 40 per cent in 2005 to 11.5 per cent in 2013.<p>Of all the things …

britain

Liam Neeson says harassment allegations are now 'a witch-hunt'

Hollywood A-lister suggests the treatment of some celebrities, such as Garrison Keillor, has been excessive<p>Liam Neeson has described the wave of sexual misconduct allegations that have swept the entertainment industry as “a bit of a witch-hunt” and appeared to dismiss breast groping as “childhood …

'As a black woman I'm always fetishised': racism in the bedroom

In a Bedfordshire nightclub, white couples queue to have sex with black men. Meanwhile, black women are routinely snubbed on dating sites. Why do racial stereotypes persist when it comes to sex?<p>It’s past midnight, November 2016, in Dunstable, a small town in Bedfordshire. My friend Miranda has …

Women of Color

All the Dirty Parts by Daniel Handler is an astonishingly obscene novel

The novel is a kind of plea that we should make our ideas of intimacy from more than porn, but is it more than porn itself?<p>“Let me put it this way: …

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Blogger threatened with £143k bill if he uploads iconic Welsh history TV series to YouTube

A film blogger who planned to upload an iconic TV series about Welsh history to YouTube has been warned that he would face a copyright bill of …

Police made 'appalling' errors in using internet data to target suspects

Serious errors in obtaining search warrants led to innocent people being targeted in sexual offences investigations, report says<p>Police have made serious errors getting search warrants for suspected sex offenders, leading to the targeting of innocent people and children being wrongly separated from …

Surveillance

Elite companions, flute girls and child slaves: sex work in ancient Athens

<i>In our sexual histories series, authors explore changing sexual mores from antiquity to today.</i><p>When the Athenian politician Pericles delivered his …

Ancient History

Why do dogs kill? Canine expert's warning to ALL owners after woman killed and eaten by pit bulls

The gruesome death of Bethany Lynn Stephens who was found mauled to death and being eaten by her two pit bulls has shocked the world.<p>Police in the US …

Pacman