Russell Brand: “The reason I don’t vote is the same reason I don’t eat glitter; there’s no fucking point”. Photo: EPA

Brand has been good at many things in his 39-year life. He has made people laugh. He has made them cross. He has had a genius for getting into scrapes(...)

Stanford University. Its ambitious female MBA students gathered together to have the hard skin rubbed off their heels and their nails painted cerise and blue, while at the same time being told by McKinsey how great it would be to work for the world’s most formidable management consultancy.

At Stanford business school, one of the hardest to get into in the world, the female MBA students are hot property. Everyone wants to hire them. The p(...)

Being in the library at opening time is only cool if you’ve been up all night. Photograph: Getty Images

When I arrived at university in 1978 I was driven by my mother in an orange Citroën Dyane with a cardboard trunk containing a few books and my Patti S(...)

A Moleskine notebook: ‘Electronic diaries are slowcoaches compared with the speedy paper version.’ Photograph: Daneil Rodriguez/iStockphoto.com

Last week I fell in love all over again with my purple Moleskine diary. For a while over the summer I’d joined the modern age and started organising m(...)

As eBay clearly demonstrates, consumers are sometimes irrational. The data show auctions with an opening bid of 99p get buyers so excited they usually end up bidding the price up more than when the starting bid is higher. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Matt is a 17-year-old schoolboy who in the past couple of months has spent more than £600 on tickets to Glastonbury, Reading and assorted other pop fe(...)

Sir, – Why does Lucy Kellaway (“Why are we more vocal about loo rolls than our jobs?”, July 21st) think that being treated “like factory workers” by m(...)

“Anyone with the gumption to reach the boardroom has a grotesquely inflated drive to succeed far more powerful than a factory full of Gucci watches.” Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Last week in the duty-free shop at Stansted airport, I was idly trying on sunglasses and wondering why so many had lenses the size of saucers when I o(...)

“‘Hello Lucy. How are you today? ;)’ Ajay typed.  ‘Fine,’ I typed back. ‘Cool! ;) I’m certain I can help you with this.’” Photograph: Getty Images

One day in 1995, back when the land line and the postage stamp were enjoying their last hurrah, I put in a call to directory enquiries. In those days,(...)

Angela Ahrendts is getting up to $68 million as a welcome gift for joining Apple.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

When I read last week that Angela Ahrendts was getting up to $68 million as a welcome gift for joining Apple, my mind skipped at once to her husband. (...)

“‘Your email must have got caught in the spam filter’ is a handy white lie that I have often used to get me out of scrapes, but as filters go on getting better its value is diminishing.” Photograph: Getty Images

Last week I received an automatic reply from a man I had tried to contact saying he was “away from the office with limited access to email”. I (...)