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Octogenarian

Age-old truth

13 December 2014

We are living longer, healthier and more prosperous lives than ever — it’s one of the greatest advances of our time, and yet our politicians prefer to see it as… Read more

Portrait-of-the-year

13 December 2014

January Floods covered 28,000 acres of the Somerset Levels. Ukip suspended an Oxfordshire councillor for saying floods were God’s punishment for legalising same-sex marriage. An Afghan was granted asylum because… Read more

13 December 2014

Marking a century Some things which celebrate their 100th birthday in 2015: 3-D films The first was shown at the Astor Theater in New York on 10 June, featuring the… Read more

A Soldier's Christmas

From the archives

13 December 2014

From ‘The Vantage Point of Peace’, a leading article in the Spectator of 26 December 1914: We are not going to write a Christmas article on palm boughs and olive branches and the… Read more

13 December 2014

Moscow writing Sir: After months of lamentations from western politicians and officials about losing the ‘information war’ to Russia, a former executive editor of Radio Free Europe tries to paint… Read more

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The transvestite, the fat cyclist and the woman from Chest Monthly: writers' tales of weird dates

13 December 2014

Toby Young Status anxiety columnist About 15 years ago, when I was single and living in New York, I acquired what I can only describe as a stalker. A woman… Read more

Nomad camp in the Wakhan, Afghanistan, from The History of Central Asia

Books and arts

13 December 2014
‘And the winners are …’

The answers

13 December 2014

So they say 1. President François Hollande of France 2. Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, of Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister 3. David Cameron, the Prime Minister, during… Read more

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Chancellor George Osborne Delivers His Autumn Statement

George Osborne's ambition deficit

6 December 2014

When George Osborne first became Chancellor, he asked to be judged on his ability to reduce the deficit. He does not make that request any more. This year’s deficit is… Read more

budget

6 December 2014

Home The government spent days announcing how the Autumn Statement would allocate funds. ‘Frontline’ parts of the National Health Service would get an extra £2 billion for the time being,… Read more

6 December 2014

A fatal shot The sad death of Australian batsman Philip Hughes was a reminder that a cricket ball can kill. A blow on the cricket field may even have cost… Read more

German spy Carl Hans Lody Photo: Getty

From the archives

6 December 2014

From ‘The Honourable Spy’, The Spectator, 5 December 1914: Decency is violated by the military spy when he becomes, for instance, a naturalised subject of a foreign power only to… Read more

6 December 2014

Times past Sir: ‘Imagine,’ says Hugo Rifkind in his excellent piece on the power of Google (29 November), ‘that there was one newspaper that got all the scoops. Literally all of… Read more

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Favourite cocktails from Matthew Parris, Jeremy Clarke, Martin Vander Weyer and more

6 December 2014

We asked our writers to write about their favourite cocktails, from aperitifs to nightcaps, all the way through to the hangover cures. Here’s what they said. Matthew Parris The Iron… Read more

‘The Tempest’, about 1862, by Peder Balke

Books and arts

6 December 2014
Clockwise from top: Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th Tribute to Felix Baumgartner, £6,500; Romain Gauthier 950 Platinum Ruthenium dial, £45,650: Girard Perregaux 1966, £18,850, both available at William & Son

The Wish List

29 November 2014

Clockwise from top: Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th Tribute to Felix Baumgartner, £6,500; Romain Gauthier 950 Platinum Ruthenium dial, £45,650: Girard Perregaux 1966, £18,850, both available at William… Read more

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Globe Trotting

29 November 2014

1. Pumphouse Point, Tasmania Once used for hydroelectricity, this newly renovated 1940s building is now a hotel in the southern hemisphere’s deepest lake, surrounded by Tasmania’s Western Wilderness. tasmanianodyssey.com   2.… Read more

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The Index

29 November 2014

JAN PADDINGTON House of Illustration, until 4 Jan Drawings worth a hard stare. THE CHANGELING The Globe, from 15 Jan The Globe’s new indoor space is perfect for Jacobean tragedies… Read more

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RUSSIA-POLITICS-OIL

Playing chicken with Vladimir Putin

29 November 2014

An official end to the Cold War was declared at a summit between President George H. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev on a Soviet cruise ship moored at Malta on 2… Read more

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29 November 2014

Home Theresa May, the Home Secretary, spent a few days announcing things. She broadcast on the Andrew Marr Show on television and then on Desert Island Discs. She said Britain… Read more

29 November 2014

Dear Santas A £22.50 a head Christmas theme park in Warwickshire designed by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen closed temporarily for improvements after visitors complained of mud, a skinny, swearing Father Christmas and… Read more

Irish National Volunteers in Dublin practise with rifles, 1914 Photo: Getty

From the archives

29 November 2014

From ‘Sedition in Ireland’, The Spectator, 28 November 1914: If the press is to be muzzled, why do not the muzzling laws hold good in Ireland? It is against all… Read more