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It’s time for a Ministry of Happiness

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It’s time for a Ministry of Happiness

by Marina Kim

The UK only placed 19th in the World Happiness Index this year. Something needs to be done to lift our spirits.
Corbyn’s Labour is stuck fighting the old fights

Politics

Corbyn’s Labour is stuck fighting the old fights

by Matthew d'Ancona

With the Tories floundering, the Opposition has a real chance for power. On the evidence of their party conference, it’s a chance they're unwilling to take.
People’s Vote: On the march in Liverpool

Politics

People’s Vote: On the march in Liverpool

by Cathleen Clarke

A report from Liverpool on the Labour party membership’s swiftly changing attitudes towards a fresh referendum.
Britain’s troubles will be fixed outside the conference halls

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Britain’s troubles will be fixed outside the conference halls

by Drugstore Culture

In our second editorial, we say that British politics is more than just its politicians – and that gives us hope
To understand the world, watch a thriller

Movies

To understand the world, watch a thriller

by James Oliver

From ‘Les Vampires’ to ‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’, popular entertainments contain more of the real world than they care to admit.
Labour must learn to separate Jewishness from Israel

Politics

Labour must learn to separate Jewishness from Israel

by Charlotte Henry

As Labour conference begins, the party’s antisemitism problems remain. Now is the time to start healing the damage.
Finally, Corbyn has total command – and that’s his problem

Politics

Finally, Corbyn has total command – and that’s his problem

by John McTernan

The Labour leader may have to make some hard choices at his party’s annual conference, including over Brexit.
Gearing up for change in Saudi Arabia

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Gearing up for change in Saudi Arabia

by Rosalyn Wikeley

The Kingdom’s decision to end the women’s driving ban was a tremendous step forward, but how close is Saudi Arabia to actually achieving gender equality?
Weekend Watch: The Red Shoes

Movies

Weekend Watch: The Red Shoes

by Pamela Hutchinson

The first in DRUGSTORE CULTURE’s weekly series of film recommendations, past and present.
The dangers of The Circle

Television

The dangers of The Circle

by Ryan Cahill

This reality show’s message is that you should mutilate parts of your personality in order to gain acceptance from your peers.
Dawkins and Lightman: Civil, even in opposition

Events

Dawkins and Lightman: Civil, even in opposition

by Matthew d'Ancona

Last night, at an event supported by DRUGSTORE CULTURE, two great thinkers argued about the biggest topics – without exchanging a single angry word.
A year spent judging the Man Booker Prize

Books

A year spent judging the Man Booker Prize

by Matthew d'Ancona

Over a hundred books, a panel of five judges and just one prize to be awarded. Matthew d'Ancona reflects on the time he judged one of the world's most prestigious literary competitions.
Hull City of Culture, one year on: from fireworks to failures

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Hull City of Culture, one year on: from fireworks to failures

by Olive Pometsey

Last week, the National Lottery Awards voted Hull City of Culture to be the Best Arts Project of 2017, but has it really made a difference to the city?
Music for empty shopping centres

Music

Music for empty shopping centres

by Thomas McMullan

Forget the crisp recordings that you've downloaded to your music library. A new YouTube phenomenon makes music sound as though it's being played elsewhere.
Welcome to the Blender

Gaming

Welcome to the Blender

by Peter Hoskin

Video game streaming is where computing meets film meets reality television meets social media meets sports.
London Fashion Week’s SS19 collections fight for the right to party

Fashion

London Fashion Week’s SS19 collections fight for the right to party

by Ryan Cahill

As London's nightlife scene suffers from gentrification, club closures and curfews, the city's best designers are reminding us of both the joy and importance of partying.
Saturday night, Sunday morning – and now

Books

Saturday night, Sunday morning – and now

by James Bloodworth

Rebellion followed by defeat: Alan Sillitoe's 60-year-old novel has parallels to today.
My stalker and the Age of Data

Technology

My stalker and the Age of Data

by Anila Dhami

Like many things today, information exists in a state of duality – it empowers and it threatens.