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Will Self

Multicultural Man: On food

An Indian mission to feed hungry British students makes for a bizarre reversal

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Multicultural Man: On TV licensing

Everyone must die – and so must broadcast TV

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Multicultural Man: On the church

In order for churches to be properly cherished they’ll have to welcome in people of other faiths and no faith at all

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Multicultural Man: On micrography

A fountain pen gives an almost pervy sensation of smooth abandon as the nib unspools the long line of effort and beauty

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Multicultural Man: On assumptions

When ordering from a Japanese bakery a lot can be lost in translation

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Multicultural Man: On dresses

It would do men a lot of good to go out in a dress for a few days and feel the wind of change it occasions

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Multicultural Man: On coal

I’m old enough to remember what life was like before the generality of houses and flats were centrally heated – and now I’m experiencing it again

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Multicultural Man: On sherbet

The 1970s was an era as filthily culpable as any other and its only redeeming feature was the cheapness and availability of sherbet lemons

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Multicultural Man: Oh, and I have cancer

The predicament of cancerous smokers is a bit like that of Brexit voters: we all did something fucking stupid, knowingly, and now we’re paying the price

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Multicultural Man: On mosques

In a way, the Ahmadi feel like a very suburban, very pacific, rather twee and English sort of Muslim sect

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Multicultural Man: On bread

This is how the world ends – not with a bang, but whimpering about “open” crumb by people with more time, less sense, and more money than they should

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Multicultural Man: On the Bake Off

In terms of reflecting an idealised portrait of Britain, this year’s series has to have been, at best, troubling

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Multicultural Man: On allotments

When I was a kid, allotments were a kind of cliche: strictly for old-mannish types to potter around in. Not any more

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Multicultural Man: On heritage

Will greater and digitised access to our history result in a more enriched cultural future?

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Multicultural Man: On tins

To hold an old tin – many of which have pleasingly haptic qualities – is to feel one’s own hands gloved by ancient skin

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Multicultural Man: On Jehovah’s Witnesses

Why our columnist has taken to de-evangelising evangelists

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Multicultural Man: On fake cops

The filming of a police drama provokes thoughts on significance

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Multicultural Man: On Tom Cruise

Just as paintings once juxtaposed human skulls and fresh fruit to impress upon their viewers the transitoriness of life, so Mr Cruise has become a kind of walking vanitas

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Multicultural Man: On progress

Here are my cultural highlights for the 2023 rentrée

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Multicultural Man: On Hokusai

Putting up pictures in a new home leads to considerable pondering

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Multicultural Man: On muses

That the author of the most celebrated text on education in the 18th century should also have been a deadbeat dad should not be a surprise

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Multicultural Man: On rehab

Every institution has its own set of ideas and AA is no different

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Multicultural Man: On booze in Paris

France is on a mission to ensure its capital is ready to host the 2024 Olympics – which means a clampdown on alcohol and its associated issues

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Multicultural Man: On futurology

A City salad bar was predicted by this columnist 30 years ago

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Multicultural Man: On yoga

There’s no one angrier and more uptight than a westerner who practices a philosophy based on bodily attunement and the renunciation of desire

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Multicultural Man: On tenants

A viewing brings some shocking home truths about the state of the rental property market

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Multicultural Man: On Suella Braverman

The home secretary seems intent on some sort of grotesque pogrom-as-payback

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Multicultural Man: On Gregg Wallace

There is only one solution to the plethora of cookery programmes cluttering up the TV schedules, and that’s to eat Gregg Wallace

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Multicultural Man: On skirts

There are two very good reasons why men should embrace skirt-wearing

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Multicultural Man: On Barbie

Aqua were right: we’re all Barbie girls and we’re all living in a Barbie world

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Multicultural Man: On the Russian soul

The likes of Osip Mandelstam, Marina Tsvetaeva, Anna Akhmatova and Joseph Brodsky were regarded by their contemporary readers with the awe now reserved for rock stars

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Multicultural Man: On Paris

Riots in the capital stem from France's inability to deal with the long aftermath of the Algerian War

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