NOTES FROM THE COUCH Idler’s Diary 6 Arthur Smith The comedy legend talks pants 12 How I Live Hugo Deadman, priest 16 Philosophy Mark Vernon goes with the flow 20 Idler Heroes Alex Johnson digs Maya Angelou’s hotel habit 24

FEATURES Interview: Jarvis Cocker The Pulp star walks Tom Hodgkinson through his closet of curiosities 28 Where There’s Muck… Marie-Louise Plum goes mudlarking on the Thames 38

Lady of the Lake Kate Rew’s guide to the joys of wild swimming

Poetry with Tara Bergin



STYLE Fashion: Get in the Swim Whether surfing, swimming or sunbathing, Alice Smith has got you stylishly covered 54 Idle Home Georgina Williams discovers how to make a holiday home out of a St John Ambulance station 60 The Good Stuff Annabel Sampson and Charlotte Brook find rewilded farm foods and stylish garden furniture 68 Slow Tech Lee Osborne compares Polaroid with Instax 70

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