Issue 1252

10 Sep 2018
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About this issue: Overview

Dr Cosmos is the latest fictional identity Dylan Moran has created for himself. As the comedian tells Brian Donaldson, it’s the vehicle for a new live show about “the incredibly fluid nature of now”. 

He’s Canadian but owes his influence to Europe and is classically trained but was freed up by rap. Pianist Chilly Gonzales tells Stuart Holmes about his Grammy-winning collaboration with Daft Punk and his record for the longest concert. 

We have extracts from new book Where The Animals Go, which uses big data to map the movements of animals in new and revealing ways. Follow terns across 90,000km, a wolf that traverses the Alps and vultures climbing thermals. 

At the age when many people are looking forward to retirement after a long working life, others are finding themselves without a roof over their head. Ciara Leeming examines the causes of the growth in homelessness among the elderly and middle aged. 

Plus, news, arts and entertainment, columnist Roger Ratcliffe on the cats behind Brexit, crossword, Sudoku and more.