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Vaclav Klaus: the West’s lies about Russia are monstrous

27 September 2014

Václav Klaus has made a habit of saying things others shy away from saying, but it doesn’t seem to have done him much harm in the popularity stakes. Quite the… Read more

Nature comes first: Lower Mill Estate

On safari in Gloucestershire

9 August 2014

The heat was still sweltering as we headed off at dusk towards the hide to watch wildlife with our enthusiastic guide, Leonie. My wife and I were on our first… Read more

Infamous confrontation: Javed Miandad and Dennis Lillee at the WACA, November 1981

Magic moments

26 July 2014

The first ever Test match that Australia played against Pakistan was a classic. It was October 1956 and the Baggy Greens were on their way home after losing to a… Read more

You’ll think you’ve gone to heaven: Lynmouth pier

A perfect haven of peace in north Devon

22 February 2014

It was late September. My wife and I were feeling overworked and overstressed — our mental states not helped by the fact that we hadn’t managed to get away for… Read more


Cigar smoking has never been sexier

30 November 2013

Despite the draconian smoking bans which have come in across Europe over the last decade or so, cigar smoking is in rude health. In London, many cigar terraces have been… Read more

9th January - Died on This day - 1995

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore visit the Antipodes

12 October 2013

Dudley Moore: Sir Arthur, what is the porpoise of your visit to Australia? Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling (Peter Cook): There is no porpoise involved in my visit to Australia. I’ve never… Read more

1977 Ashes

My Aussie heroes

10 August 2013

So, it’s 2-0 down with two matches to go. The last time an Australian tourist side was 2-0 down in an Ashes series in England after three Tests was back… Read more

Clive Palmer: ‘I’ve got enough money to build the Titanic ten times over if I wanted’

‘Human life is more important than money’

23 March 2013

It’s a cold Saturday in London in early March in a winter that doesn’t look like it’s ever going to end. The news is full of doom and gloom: how… Read more


Where did all the sweet people go?

16 February 2013

To say someone was ‘sweet’ used to be quite common in Britain. We didn’t just use the word to describe our mothers and grandmothers, but a wide range of people,… Read more

Smoke ’em if ya got ’em

20 October 2012

‘When a Man stops believing in God he doesn’t then believe in nothing, he believes anything.’ That quotation, often attributed to G.K. Chesterton, was, it seems, never actually said by… Read more

Mare's best

30 June 2012

She came. She saw. She conquered. But blimey, it was close. Like 77,000 or so others I headed to Royal Ascot on Saturday to see ‘The Wonder from Down Under’… Read more

Australian Books: Hail César

24 March 2012

César Franck: His Life And Times By R.J. Stove Scarecrow Press Inc, $68.99, pp. 368 ISBN 9780810882072 Described as ‘mediating between the tradition of the German instrumental music and French… Read more

How English cricket came back

4 December 2010

But cheer up Aussies: the good times in the Old Dart won’t last Eight years ago, in an article for the Australian, I attempted to account for what I and… Read more


An actor from the age of elegance

10 February 2010

I don’t think I have ever been so nervous before a telephone call. I had written to Ian Carmichael, via his agent, to ask if I could interview him for… Read more

State by state, Australia is losing its sporting heritage

8 January 2010

Victoria’s decision to ban jump racing is fundamentally wrong-headed, says Neil Clark Saturday 31 March 1973. The venue: Aintree, Liverpool. The event: the Grand National, the world’s greatest steeplechase. Those… Read more

The face of a muffin

30 December 2009
Margaret Rutherford: Dreadnought with Good Manners Andy Merriman

Aurum, pp.296, 18.99

What was it about post-war British cinema? Our films were lit up by a collection of wonderfully idiosyncratic performers. Think Alistair Sim, Terry-Thomas and Robert Morley. Perhaps the most idiosyncratic… Read more

On home ground

27 August 2008

Neil Clark on Cyril Hare’s Tragedy at Law, first published in 1942. ‘The best detective story that has appeared for some time and at the end of the year will… Read more

Castro’s Cuba was no place for a socialist like me

20 February 2008

It’s a country where the vast majority live in poverty, while a tiny, corrupt elite live in luxury. It’s a place where, 14 years after South Africa abolished apartheid, a… Read more


Cuban revolution

14 November 2007

Neil Clark says cigar smokers are leading the fight for smoker’s rights For British lovers of La Diva Nicotina, 1 July 2007 was a black day indeed. The government’s draconian… Read more

The human commodity

8 March 2007
Yo, Blair! Geoffrey Wheatcroft

Politico’s, pp.154, 9.99

Have two words ever said so much? President Bush’s unforgettable greeting to the British Prime Minister at the G8 summit in St Petersburg last summer epitomised how the ‘special relationship’… Read more

How the battle lies were drawn

14 June 2003

If you ever get to Belgrade Zoo, don’t miss the snake house. There, in nicely heated tanks, you will see two rather fearsome-looking pythons, one named Warren and the other… Read more

Let’s hear it for David Blunkett

17 May 2003

Like most New Labour ministers, David Blunkett gets considerably more things wrong than he does right. Up to now, his tenure at the Home Office has been characterised by a… Read more