The 'Whitechapel fatberg' (Image: Thames Water)

Is the Whitechapel fatberg the ultimate symbol of our times?

The fatberg has officially become an emblem of our times. The smelly conglomeration of fat deposits, toilet waste and towelettes that clog the sewers under London is to the 21st century what the night-time activities of the night soil men were to the Victorians. For a salami slice of the bloated monster found beneath the streets of London could find …

Giles BroadbentIs the Whitechapel fatberg the ultimate symbol of our times?
Writer and activist Naomi Klein (Image: Getty)

Between failure and collapse is the best time to act

Events are happening so fast and a US presidency unravelling so quickly that Naomi Klein’s new polemic – much like last night’s news – is in danger of appearing outdated before it has a chance to sink in. Pity, because No Is Not Enough is more than an extended rant against President Donald Trump and the apotheosis of corporate America’s power-grab. While …

Giles BroadbentBetween failure and collapse is the best time to act
BBC Countryfile

Why Londoners are wild for BBC Countryfile

The BBC rural affairs programme Countryfile is an unexpected ratings winning, putting The X Factor to shame. So what is it about this nature strand that pulls the urban viewer?

Giles BroadbentWhy Londoners are wild for BBC Countryfile