History, music, cooking, travel, books, theatre, film - but also with an eye on the 'culture wars', nationalism and identity.
John Mitchinson explains how increasing intolerance around festivities in the 17th Century helped promote a reactionary backlash
John Mitchinson reflects on what may be the finest moment in print journalism – the use of the press as a channel of truth and justice
John Mitchinson considers the relationship British people have with their country's past and how questions raised by uncomfortable imperial truths remain unanswered
John Mitchinson explores how pandemics can have odd and unexpected consequences and ponders what the new 'normal' will be post-COVID-19
As the Coronavirus pandemic changes all of our lives, John Mitchinson reflects on how the observations of humanity revealed in such moments of crisis transcend time and place.
John Mitchinson explores the lasting resonance of the works of the English poet and artist who attracted little acclaim during his lifetime.
John Mitchinson considers the economic and psychic dangers of land appropriation.
Unsatisfied with George Orwell's description of patriotism, John Mitchinson digs deep into his own personal history to untangle the complex roots of his Englishness.
John Mitchinson sets out why the Greek philosopher Epicurus' legacy has been claimed by hedonism but actually represents the opposite and is so relevant for our anxious times.