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NOTES FROM THE COUCH Idler’s Diary 8 Arthur Smith Remembers his most thrilling joke 12 How I Live Emma Hardy, Violin Maker 14 Philosophy Mark Vernon on why the current thinking on genes needs to evolve 18 Idler Heroes In praise of Reg Smythe’s immortal Andy Capp 22 Odium Griff Rhys Jones on why eating al fresco is for the birds 24

FEATURES Interview: Tricia Hersey Meet the founder of The Nap Ministry

Secrets of Sleep Suffering from insomnia or other forms of sleep deprivation? Self-

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declared expert snoozer Tom Hodgkinson has some sound advice 36 What Does Orwellian Mean? Paul Theroux tracks the evolution of Eric Blair 40 Just Say Yes James Parker’s just a boy who can’t say no 44 Poetry With Samuel Daniel 46

STYLE Fashion: Pyjamarama Suavest sleepwear

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Idle Home A tin t abernacle on the Isle of Wight. By Georgina Williams 54 The Good Stuff Victoria Hull rounds up the best indie entrepreneurs 62 Slow Tech Lee Osborne discovers a record label born of mudlarking 66

READER OFFERS … Inside back cover Subscribe to the Idler Page 143 Order your copy of XXX: Thirty Years of the Idler

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