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Freddy Gray is managing editor of The Spectator. He was formerly literary editor of The American Conservative.

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Sir Chris Hoy declines to discuss Scottish independence

29 March 2014

‘As a heads up,’ says Sir Chris Hoy’s PR lady in that breezy-yet-bossy voice that is public relations, ‘Chris doesn’t answer questions that relate to politics or Scottish independence.’ Very… Read more

How to beat a robot bookie

22 March 2014

What does it mean these days to beat the bookie? Many of us like to imagine that winning a bet still involves trumping some wizened geezer and his chalkboard. In… Read more

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A FOBT ban could be terminal for high-street bookies – and great for a Labour donor

22 February 2014

Hands up: who knows what a FOBT is? It stands for fixed odds betting terminal. No? Well, you should, because they are a serious menace to society. That’s what Ed… Read more

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Valentine’s Day

8 February 2014

One of the many things I love about my wife is that she doesn’t make me do anything for Valentine’s Day. Bloody Valentine’s. It brings nothing but resentment and misery.… Read more

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The Frogs of war

7 December 2013

What happened to the cheese-eating surrender monkeys? Just over a decade ago, the French, having refused to join the allied adventure in Iraq, were the butt of every hawkish joke.… Read more

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A sartorial service for hopeless men

30 November 2013

Like many men, I’ve never got used to the idea that Mother doesn’t dress me any more. I tried in my teens to establish a measure of sartorial independence by wearing… Read more

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How we beat the Boche — at sidecar racing

9 November 2013

There’s courage, there’s fearlessness, and then there’s the sort of sublime audacity you need to do something like sidecar racing. Stan Dibben, 87, has it in spades. He won the… Read more

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The Speculator: Why I get so excited at goalless football matches

2 November 2013

A successful gambler once told me: ‘Never bet on football, never bet on multipliers, and never ever bet on football multipliers.’ Multipliers, in case you don’t know, are those enticing… Read more

U.K. Chancellor George Osborne Launches National Loan Guarantee Scheme

The Speculator: Put a tenner on Osborne as next Tory leader

5 October 2013

When you hear the words ‘economic recovery’, do you think: ‘Great! Britain is on the mend’? Or ‘Damn! I should have bet on the Tories to win an outright majority’? If… Read more

At once exhuberant and understated: Rome

Notes on…Rome

31 August 2013

Leave Florence and Sienna to the aesthetes. Let the in-crowd do Naples and Palermo. For the amateur Italophile, Rome is the destination. The eternal city is endlessly glorious, chaotic, stylish… Read more

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Boris’s Paris match: an interview with Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet

18 May 2013

It’s Monday lunchtime, downstairs in the Spectator office, and Boris Johnson is trying to flog a bus to a Frenchwoman. ‘What about the new Routemaster? It’s absolutely great, yup, fantastic,… Read more

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Investment special: Confessions of a stock picker

4 May 2013

My name’s Freddy and I’m an online gambling addict. The problem started a few years ago when I opened an account on Betfair.com. At first it was small bets on… Read more

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Diarmaid MacCulloch: Am I anti-Catholic?

6 April 2013

Does being gay make you a better historian? ‘Immensely, immensely,’ says Diarmaid MacCulloch. ‘From a young age, four or five onwards, I began to realise that the world was not… Read more

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Sex, lies and the next Pope

2 March 2013

In a corner of the Sistine Chapel, below Michelangelo’s hell, is a door to the little chamber they call ‘the room of tears’. Some painter-decorators are in there, frantically doing… Read more

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Israel Notebook

26 January 2013

Friday night in Jaffa, and it’s a party. Jaffa, to the south of Tel Aviv, is where the cool kids hang, apparently — think Dalston or the meatpacking district, and… Read more

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The Pacific President

19 January 2013

On Monday, as Barack Obama is sworn in again as President, his allies in the West will ask themselves the same nervous question they posed four years ago: how much… Read more

Debate Stakes

The professorial President

6 October 2012

Is Barack Obama really as clever as he looks? Ever since he first appeared in the public eye, it’s been taken as read that he’s a major intellectual. Liberals say,… Read more

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Mad Frogs and Englishmen

28 July 2012

The English like nothing better than the idea that the French hate us. Bradley Wiggins, an Englishman, wins the Tour de France, and we are full of in-votre-face triumphalism. British… Read more

Windsors in a spin

19 May 2012

The royal family’s PR operation is in danger of becoming too successful Is anyone else sick of the love-fest between the modern royal family and the press? That might sound… Read more

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The people’s primate

18 February 2012

Lord Carey of Clifton isn’t the retiring sort. He stood down as Archbishop of Canterbury ten years ago, but he wasn’t ready to end his days in quiet contemplation. At… Read more

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Time for his close-up

14 January 2012

What’s the matter with Ralph Nathaniel Twistleton-Wykeham Fiennes? In pictures, he looks so self-conscious and morose. Maybe it’s just his acting face. In the flesh, though, he’s different. He is… Read more

The audacity of Obama

31 December 2011

Can the President really pose as the ‘fair shake’ candidate? Barack Obama knows that, after three unsuccessful years as president, he cannot again sell himself to the electorate as a… Read more

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Life of Brian

26 November 2011

The waspish art critic Brian Sewell on his duty to be frank about his personal life – even if it shocks other octogenarians ‘It must be so awfully boring being… Read more

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What women want

12 November 2011

To my relief, it’s not underwear I’m in the Knightsbridge branch of Agent Provocateur. It is exactly like a high-end brothel, only it sells underwear not sex. Two girls in… Read more

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Totally Tom: class act

20 August 2011

If you are feeling chippy — and I hope you are not — you might find Totally Tom annoying. If you are feeling chippy — and I hope you are… Read more