Issue 1305

23 Sep 2019
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Seriously silly Perhaps best known for his Mock The Week performances, Russell Howard has since proven himself to be an altogether more serious comedian. He tells Richard Smirke why he’ll  be taking a break from stand-up after his new tour finishes.

On the same charge sheet Some believed the end of Robert Mugabe’s decades-long authoritarian rule in Zimbabwe would bring opportunities for freedom and growth. But as Lauren Dent reports, the reality of a brutal crackdown is depressingly familiar.

Fight like a girl No sport should be off limits to girls’ participation, says Louisa Reid – and that especially includes boxing.

Plus News, arts and entertainment, columnist Saskia Murphy brings the full weight of her 28 years to bear on the question of getting older and broadcaster Mark Radcliffe writes a letter to his younger self.