Melissa Kite

Melissa Kite writes The Spectator's Real life column.

Priest of communion in the hand

The dietary obnoxiousness of the Catholic Church

14 January 2017 9:00 am

A few moments after saying the communion rite, the priest looked at his congregation and uttered easily the most disturbing…

Stressed Businessman in Office Cubicle

Never speak to the inland revenue at New Year

7 January 2017 9:00 am

The most annoying thing about starting a new year is how long it takes for everyone to crank themselves back…

Back view of metropolitan police officer

It’s been a fraught, divisive year but there’s a glimmer of hope in Raynes Park

31 December 2016 9:00 am

What a fraught, divisive, infuriating sort of year it’s been. It started with me attempting to go on a blind…

Charming House with green doors and red roses

Will I be the only right-winger in the village?

10 December 2016 9:00 am

‘Right, this is it,’ I said to the builder boyfriend. ‘I am going to knock on the door of next…

Parking ticket

The middle-class future is thousands of pounds worth of fines

3 December 2016 9:00 am

‘How was your week?’ I asked my friend as we rode our horses to Bookham Common. ‘Fine,’ she said. ‘Except…

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The hidden benefits of being with EE (E)

26 November 2016 9:00 am

A few weeks after switching my iPhone to the EE network, I noticed a funny thing. It hadn’t rung. I…


My solvent Israeli friend had the best of the NHS without paying a penny

19 November 2016 9:00 am

The Israeli chef and I have become firm friends since he moved out of my flat. He has his own…

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Airbnb has gone Marxist

12 November 2016 9:00 am

A wonderful email has arrived from Airbnb entitled ‘Discrimination and Belonging — What It Means For You’. Having tried to…

Burning Wicker man

Are they going to sacrifice a Brexiteer on Ripley Bonfire?

5 November 2016 9:00 am

For three months after I move to the country, I am told, I am going to be in the most…

Coffee Menu

London has overtaken me: I want fewer varieties of variety

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Coffee shops are becoming impossible. I had been standing in the queue at Caffè Nero on Battersea Rise for nearly…

Quinoa salad with pomegranate and nuts.Superfoods concept

I’m far too right-wing for quinoa

22 October 2016 9:00 am

After the Fawlty Towers incident, I decided it was best to research the origin and extraction of all future B&B…


Can't I just get through dinner without some Remainer interrupting?

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Against all odds, I almost got through an entire Brexit dinner with dignity, and without opening the valve in my…


Attacked by Liz Jones and Rod Liddle in the space of a week? I must be doing something right

8 October 2016 9:00 am

After a year dealing with estate agents I can only say: a plague on all their houses, except the one…

female feet with the French pedicure

NHS GPs never, ever have the answers I am seeking

1 October 2016 9:00 am

‘If you ask me,’ said the builder boyfriend, watching me hobble down the street as we set off for an…


Rewilding: the left’s latest crazy, dangerous idea

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Why rewilding is mad, bad and dangerous to do

Real life - 23 Sep

What to do if your fortysomething feet won’t flex in the morning

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Out of the blue, I woke up one morning and my feet didn’t work. I opened my eyes, swung my…

Waitrose supermarket entrance

A Jerry Maguire moment in Little Waitrose

17 September 2016 9:00 am

‘This is the last straw. Never again,’ I thought, as I sat in the carpark of a Little Waitrose eating…

Hand holding a house key in front of a house.

My estate agent is using sex to sell my flat

10 September 2016 9:00 am

What is happening to estate agents? Or let me put it another way. If the professional classes thought they were…


Will I ever find a decent place in the country?

3 September 2016 9:00 am

‘Oh no, I can’t bear it,’ said the builder boyfriend when I told him I wanted to look at one…

Industrial warehouse

I wanted somewhere to put a piano. I got a Big Yellow night of the soul

27 August 2016 9:00 am

‘How did I get here?’ I think dazedly. I am sitting in the Big Yellow Self Storage in Balham being…

Doctor With Stethoscope And Files

No one in the NHS can even see me, let alone treat me!

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Whenever I try to use the NHS I end up feeling like Bruce Willis’s character in The Sixth Sense. No…

All taped up

How to save on vet's bills with gaffer tape

13 August 2016 9:00 am

The builder boyfriend colicked for a week after eating a falafel kebab as he and I sat up all night…

Grazing Bay

My horse is a grassoholic

6 August 2016 9:00 am

One look at Grace when I went to get her in from the field, and I knew she had eaten…

Line of people standing in a cafe Burger King

It was a fight to the death at Eurotunnel Burger King

30 July 2016 9:00 am

The colourful banners at the Eurotunnel terminal at Calais spell out the words Treat Shop Relax Refresh Eat. But it…

vineyard Bergerac two

Why Cydney the spaniel loves France

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Market day in Bergerac and the streets are paved with chicken bones. As a spaniel, I am bound to say…