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The art of joylessness

An encounter in a restaurant car reminds Lena Schipper, The Economist’s assistant news editor, of her countrymen’s unique ability to make themselves miserable

Out and proud

The city is to host the 2022 Gay Games. But, as Michael Gold, an editor for the Economist Intelligence Unit, discovered, not everyone is happy

A hero in the family

George Henry Tatham Paton was 22 when he was killed in the first world war. A century later, his relatives travelled to Scotland to celebrate his life

So near and yet so far

The internet expands horizons. But, asks Daniel Knowles, The Economist’s Africa correspondent, does it also tantalise those who can’t reach them?

Sharing the puppy love

Lending out your dog, says Edward McBride, The Economist’s Asia editor, brings relief to you, your pooch and your furniture