The Fence

Seven Ages of Cool

What defines the amorphous idea of ‘coolness’ in each age of life? If you are cool too early in life, can you recapture that golden era? What is the optimum age to be con

146 Questions with… Dolly Alderton

Our flagship profile series is back.

Nationalist Sodas

It’s not always The Real Thing.

Lest, We Forgot

Six months after its foiling, we explored the impermanence of scandal around an abortive terrorist tragedy in Liverpool.

Nobel Endeavours

We asked the smartest people in the world some of the stupidest questions we could think of.

Under the Chancellor’s Thumb

We asked the world's leading historians a question: what is the single greatest fact in modern political history?

Drinking with the Greats

Legends of British History, yes, but good value in the pub?

Severn’s Samurai

Fighting an army of angels with the scariest man in the world.

Comfort in Solitude

A sheath of curios from the country's favourite radio programme, Desert Island Discs.

Final Acts

Here’s a lesser-spotted history of grand farewells from people who died doing what they loved: saying and/or doing strange things.