Mark Mason

Queen frontman Freddie Mercury (Photo: Getty)

You wouldn’t believe how little we knew about gay life in the 1980s

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Once, the world barely knew there was a closet to come out of

Crime Scene Investigation

Prince George County, Maryland — among the meanest streets in America

30 July 2016 9:00 am

Quick tip, should you ever find yourself alone in the interview room at the police headquarters of Prince George’s County,…

My holiday hell: just say no to ‘say hello’

11 June 2016 9:00 am

How travel tips landed Mark Mason in trouble

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Confess your guilty displeasures

14 May 2016 9:00 am

It is now entirely cool to adore the uncool. But what about the things we can’t admit to not enjoying?

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The Heckler: love your music, Macca, just not sure about you

7 May 2016 9:00 am

It’s slightly galling, after years of sticking up for Paul McCartney, to read a new biography of the bloke and…

The famous rip tide in French Pass, Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand

Across the river... and into the trees

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Water accounts for 70 per cent of your planet, and 60 per cent of your body. Yet when do you…

The children of Michael Jackson: Prince, Blanket and Paris (Photo: Getty)

How baby names got so weird

23 April 2016 9:00 am

How Wolf and Skylar pushed out John and Mary

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Keith Moon’s wedding-night abseil and other marvellous false memories

27 February 2016 9:00 am

False memory disasters, from Keith Moon’s wedding-night abseil to Sophia Loren’s peanut addiction

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Memoirs of a Messenger (Photo: Getty)

Girl about town — on a bicycle

23 January 2016 9:00 am

The old ditty got it wrong: it should have been ‘Maybe it’s because I’m not a Londoner that I love…

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Nessie’s enduring attraction

12 December 2015 9:00 am

It wasn’t until I drove past Loch Ness a couple of years ago that I realised just how enormous it…

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Sir Ian Botham is a hero – and a fool

28 November 2015 9:00 am

In 1981, when I was ten and Ian Botham was 26, I thought he was God. Now, the week after…

Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, from the east, painted by the Flemish artist Jan Siberechts in 1695. In the foreground the D-shaped bowling green sits on a raised terrace with a banqueting house on its southern side

Discover your inner nerd

7 November 2015 9:00 am

There’s a curious thing about the bowling green in my Suffolk village. The footpath running alongside it is on a…

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From Spike Milligan — and Marge Simpson — with love, light, peace and great respect

24 October 2015 9:00 am

This book is a serious bit of kit. Its hard covers measure 28.9 by 21 centimetres, and it weighs 1.62…

Apple Store Soho Presents Meet The Actor: Aidan Turner, "Poldark"

Why isn’t it creepy when women phwoar at Poldark?

3 October 2015 9:00 am

When women lust after blokes on telly it’s funny, not seedy

She knows who’s next

Six rules for a perfect pub

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Whenever one of those news stories appears about how many pubs have been forced to close in the last year,…

Robin Williams as the boy who finally grew up in Hook, 1991 (Photo: Amblin/Kobal Collection

I’m 43. Why am I still so reluctant to call myself a man?

15 August 2015 9:00 am

I'm 43. Why do I still not refer to myself as a man?

Selling power: a Spitting Image Thatcher puppet

Which political souvenirs are worth hanging on to

18 July 2015 9:00 am

My first reaction on hearing of Margaret Thatcher’s death in 2013 was: ‘Great — now my autograph from her will…

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Customer surveys: just say no

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Against the customer service Q&A

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Would he rather have had the money?

How to buy a father’s day present (if you must)

6 June 2015 9:00 am

No man ever watched a £20 note flutter from an opened Father’s Day card and thought: ‘How disappointing — not enough…

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To Land’s End and beyond: footsore but bravely coasting along

30 May 2015 9:00 am

It’s a real skill, writing about a journey where nothing ever happens. We shouldn’t be surprised that Simon Armitage is…

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How your funeral director is ripping you off

16 May 2015 9:00 am

Funerals are a rip-off. But you can do something about that

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Monopoly is fascinating – as long as you don’t try to play it

25 April 2015 9:00 am

I knew there had to be a point to Monopoly. The game itself is tedium made cardboard, the strongest known…

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The mobility scooter plague

11 April 2015 9:00 am

The mobility scooter plague