Why do so many terrorists come from an engineering background?
The problem with historical fiction is that it needs heroes. History doesn't.
Anniversaries can be a crutch for lazy journalists, but they also allow us to reassess our understanding of the past.
Across the Middle East, minority religions are under threat.
Paul Lay on the self-deprecating nature of Brummies.
Paul Lay reflects on the fashion for taking photographs in museums and galleries.
In embracing tattoos, the people of Britain are returning to their ancient roots, argues Paul Lay.
A selection of readers' correspondence with the editor, Paul Lay.