The Upside Down
14 June 2019,
John Mitchinson on the life and times of Ignácz Trebitsch and the prescient lessons our politicians can take from his grisly demise.
10 June 2019,
John Mitchinson explores why weeds force us to think differently about what is and isn't 'natural'
21 May 2019,
John Mitchinson recounts the life of Daniel Defoe, the Patron Saint of Freelancers and Master of Aliases, who hustled journalism into existence three hundred years ago.
15 April 2019,
John Mitchinson on the ideologue who revived 'Eurasianism'. Is Dugin really the Rasputin behind a more aggressive Kremlin? Or is he another post-truth prank?
28 March 2019,
John Mitchinson explores the transformational contribution, too easily overlooked, by the labourers who built the country's canals and railways.
19 March 2019,
John Mitchinson turns his curious eye towards the Brave New World of Epigenetics – what is ‘On’ rather than ‘In’ our Genes.
11 March 2019,
John Mitchinson on the not-so-recent history of rigging the vote, bribing voters with booze and voter suppression, using whiskey
3 March 2019,
If this column were to have a mascot, it would be a mushroom. Fungi are everywhere, they are important, they are deeply weird and we know very little about them.
25 February 2019,
For most of us in the so-called developed world, death is rarely confronted head-on. At best, it’s ‘the rumble of distant thunder at a picnic’.
18 February 2019,
As Facebook and other global tech giants come under scrutiny over the way they amass our data, John Mitchinson reveals how Google has less information
12 February 2019,
We live in strange times. Familiarity is draining from our lives; old political alignments are dissolving; the weather is unpredictable and violent. But perhaps we should try harder to embrace the strangeness: after all, we are made from the most unlikely thing in the universe.