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100 Best Songs Of The 1990s

With culture’s ever-reliable 20-year cycle meaning that all things 90s are very much back in vogue, now seems as good a time as any to take a look …

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Time Management

A new and rather strange craze is sweeping the internet - photos of cats wearing tights View our full gallery here: Picture:

Street Life in London in 1877 - in pictures

A rare book which was one of the first examples of social documentary photography has been put up for auction. Street Life in London, written by Adolphe Smith with photography by the Scottish photographer John Thomson, was published in 1877. The aim of the book was stated as being 'to bring before …

Where did syphilis come from?

Did Columbus bring the disease back with him from the New World, or was it in Europe all along? Katherine Wright, winner of the Wellcome Trust science writing prize 2013, investigates<p>Last month, Katherine Wright was awarded the Wellcome Trust science writing prize at a ceremony at the Observer's …

In pictures: Concorde the supersonic airliner - Telegraph


New Quirky Photos of Couples Switching Clothes

<i>Switcheroo</i> is a playful series by Canadian photographer Hana Pesut (aka sincerelyhana) that juxtaposes a simple photo of a couple with a similar portrait of the same two people, except each member of the duo is wearing the other's clothes for round two. We first discovered Pesut's series over three …


50 Years Later: The Greatest Beatles Performance of All Time

Months before the The Ed Sullivan Show, the band played a seven-song set for Swedish radio that settles any doubt about their electrifying live presence.<p>With their last club residency in Hamburg’s boozed-up Reeperbahn district less than a year in the past, the Beatles were still one kickass bar …

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

Thinking of cutting down on meat? It benefits your health, the environment, and now we're told it even reduces food shortages in the developing world. If you need a nudge towards embracing vegetarianism, start with these delicious dishes via Guardian Life & style Photograph: Colin Campbell for the Guardian