Karen is a versatile journalist who has written on subjects as diverse as specialist housing for the oldest members of society, and the importance of lime in building conservation. The only topic she never touches is sport. Well, not directly, anyway: she recently interviewed the personal assistant of Crystal Palace’s co-owner Steve Parish about what it’s like to work for one of the biggest names in the beautiful game. That profile and four other entirely unconnected articles are below.

The dream team
Executive PA magazine

Karen jokes aren’t funny any more
The Spectator

Is the CAB showing its great age?
The Times

Chess in shorts
Saga magazine

Paul Smith: most important shops are design losers