Idle Pleasures: Taking a Nap

Tom Hodgkinson | Comment

Find corners for dozing, says Tom Hodgkinson… Read more

London in the plague

Dr Matthew Green | History

Dr Matthew Green on lockdown hell in the 17th century… Read more

Smell the roses


Philosopher and climate campaigner Rupert Read welcomes the slowdown… Read more

Charles Handy: the power of names

Charles Handy | Comment

When is a weed a flower? Or lockdown a sabbatical?… Read more

Why lolling in the sun could save your life

Bill Anderson | Comment

Bill Anderson soaks up the rays… Read more

What would Plato do in a pandemic?

Mark Vernon | Philosophy

He saw life as an experience, not a problem, says Mark Vernon… Read more

Our small farm is thriving during lockdown

Simon Fairlie | Comment

Simon Fairlie is living off the land… Read more

Idle Pleasures: Tree Houses

Dan Kieran | Books

A world of catapults and gobstoppers, free from parents… Read more

Bring back bowing

Marcel Theroux | Comment

Marcel Theroux bids adieu to the handshake… Read more

Postcard from the Isle of Wight

Florence Read | Comment

How I got sucked in to a Covid-19 experiment… Read more

Easy pizza dough and brilliant toppings recipe

Bridget Hugo | Food

From Franco Manca founder Bridget Hugo… Read more

My lockdown life: Gray Jolliffe

Gray Jolliffe | Comment

“Ten units a day is now looking like a realistic goal”… Read more

Idle Pleasures: The Deckchair

Nicholas Lezard | Books

It symbolises ad hoc leisure, snatched naps, impromptu basking… Read more

TV: Why is good comedy timeless?

Peter Fincham | Comment

Peter Fincham on the art of raising a titter… Read more

A defence of poetry

Tom Hodgkinson | Comment

Contemplation is coming back… Read more

How I find freedom through pottering


Permaculture is idling in action, says Maddy Harland… Read more

Michael Palin: My struggle to take it easy

Michael Palin | Idler Magazine

And an unfortunate incident in the kitchen… Read more

The merry, merry month of May

Ronald Hutton | Idler Magazine

Ronald Hutton on the curious history of the maypole… Read more

How Socrates can teach us how to die

Mark Vernon | Idler Magazine

Embrace the ultimate idling, says Mark Vernon… Read more

Want to be idle? Join a corporation


Turn up, slack off, cash in… Read more

How to like classical music

Sandy Burnett | Classical music

Sandy Burnett’s course provides the key… Read more

How to be frugal

Robert Wringham | Comment

Tips from our own money-saving expert… Read more

Obituary: Ian Whitcomb, musician

Travis Elborough | Obituary

Travis Elborough pays tribute… Read more

How P.G. Wodehouse will save our souls

Gustav Temple | Comment

Gustav Temple on the soothing joys of Bertie Wooster… Read more