About this issue: Overview
The battle cry of the Lancashire nanas campaigning against the UK’s first major shale gas site was heard when work began last week. Roger Ratcliffe reports on the fight to keep fracking wells from sprouting up in the green fields of the Fylde coast.
Spaniards have the highest life expectancy in Europe, and are second only to Japan on a global scale. We ask Spanish centenarians for their secrets to living a long life.
Fresh fruit and veg are growing across Swedish rooftops and window boxes thanks to an upsurge in urban gardening. What lessons do the Swedes have for residents of British towns and cities?
In the latest in our popular series The Way I Work, Liverpool composer Emily Howard explains how the world’s most magnetic metal, mathematical shapes, the moment a nerve cell gives rise to a feeling – and doughnuts – are among her musical inspirations.
Plus: Julie Hesmondhalgh’s politically motivated theatre group, reviews of new albums by The xx, The Flaming Lips and Bonobo, news of Sheffield’s delayed mayoral election, crossword, Sudoku and more.