German players pose for the winners’ photo after winning the FIFA World Cup: while talent is a prerequisite, organisation and hard work make a big difference.Photograph: EPA/Ballesteros

Adam Smith’s most profound insight was on the relationship between the division of labour and the extent of the market. The old sage would even have b(...)

100 days of happiness

Maybe you’ve been watching Dr Maureen Gaffney’s show on, “How to be happy”, which involves a somewhat scientific approach to attaining happiness invol(...)

Yo, Hodor? Hodor!

Hodorhodor? Hodor! Okay, I’ll stop now but that’s essentially the entire point of the Yo, Hodor iOS app. It’s about as useful as a back pocket in a ve(...)

An anaylsis of the original and the shooting scripts for the 2005 film The Interpreter, starring Nicole Kidman (above), noted the weaknesses in the film that made it perform poorly at the box office and highlighted changes that would improve its chances

Using computing and risk evaluation strategies that bring the techniques of Moneyball to the movies, a British company says it can help film studios d(...)

The New Yorker’s Malcolm Gladwell tried to riposte in a post called “Being Nice isn’t really so awful” but wandered into a silly argument about satire propping up, rather than subverting, the privileged and the status quo. Malcolm Gladwell Photograph: Theo Wargo/WireImage

I started speaking truth to power early. And my older brothers didn’t like it. They told me that archness in a 10-year-old was not welcome. I concocte(...)

Schoolchildren sing along to Time to say Mayo in the county yesterday.

If Mayo football is honest with itself, it will accept the standard of song produced since 1989 was nowhere near the level required to win an All-I(...)