Simon Barnes

The countless ways in which horses improve our lives

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Countless lives are improved by contact with horses. Changes to business rates threaten that

In praise of the one-handed backhand

14 January 2017 9:00 am

The graceful one-handed backhand is vanishing from tennis

In South Africa, sport is a question of justice

7 January 2017 9:00 am

South Africa’s sporting quotas have a laudable aim. Is that enough?

What drives Team GB’s medal machine

20 August 2016 9:00 am

How Britain became an Olympic force

Russia killed Olympic amateurism. Now it might kill anti-doping

13 August 2016 9:00 am

How strange it is to be watching the Olympic Games on television. No wonder people have such rum ideas of…

Why all civilised people should love wasps

23 July 2016 9:00 am

All gardeners, and all readers, have reason to thank them

Five British athletes to watch at the Rio Olympics

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Every Olympics makes stars — and this year’s Team GB will have a lot to live up to in Rio. Simon Barnes picks out five young British athletes to watch

What do we gain by burning ivory?

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Burning stockpiles of ivory was meant to wipe out poaching. After nearly 30 years, is it working?

Sport is a fairytale factory – as Leicester City remind us

23 April 2016 9:00 am

Leicester City’s triumphs demonstrate once again sport’s capacity to replay archetypal stories

I adore sport. I can no longer stomach boxing. Here’s why

2 April 2016 9:00 am

In most sports, injuries happen when things go wrong. In boxing, they’re the ultimate goal. It isn’t right

How my disabled son has changed my mind about political correctness

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Here’s another stock joke for your collection: Pembroke College, Cambridge, has cancelled a fancy dress party themed on Around the…

The noisy, filthy, scary glory of geese

5 March 2016 9:00 am

They’re noisy, filthy, scary – and glorious. No wonder we have such complicated feelings about them

How humanity learned to love whales (and what they taught us in return)

13 February 2016 9:00 am

How humanity learned to love them – and what we learned about ourselves in the process

Novak Djokovic, the world number one, said that he turned down US$220,000 to throw a match. (Photo: Getty)

This could be the year that sport starts to die

30 January 2016 9:00 am

If sport loses the public’s faith – and it’s starting to – then all its power and glory will fade

The joy of winter birdwatching (and how it’s changing)

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Our harsh December days are a temperate escape for some gorgeous birds

Through terror and scandal, the joy of sport endures

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Through terror and scandal, it endures

How your garden can help save the hedgehog

3 October 2015 8:00 am

Mrs Tiggywinkle’s in deep trouble. But your garden could help

Paula Radcliffe is a victim of our hypocrisy and confusion about drugs and sport

19 September 2015 8:00 am

Do you want to see Paula Radcliffe’s blood? If so, you’re not alone. Radcliffe, three-time winner of the London Marathon…

Rhinos are being wiped out for the sake of fairytales

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Can anything protect the rhino from rapacious human stupidity?

Why nothing in sport beats thrashing the Aussies at cricket

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Why nothing in sport beats thrashing the Aussies at cricket

Why a wolf’s place is not in the kitchen…

18 July 2015 9:00 am

The fad for owning animals from films is daft and damaging

Why sport and sham morality go so well together

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Why sport and sham morality go so well together

A piece of primeval England reborn in Sussex

30 May 2015 9:00 am

A piece of ancient England is being reborn around a castle in Sussex

I know that Richard Dawkins is wrong about Down’s syndrome, because I know my son

6 September 2014 9:00 am

I know that people with Down’s syndrome are not better off dead, because I know my son