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Rod LiddleRod Liddle

Rod Liddle: The top 10 most fatuous phrases in the English language

1 November 2014

An apology. A few weeks back, in my blog, I promised a regular series called ‘Fatuous Phrase of the Week’. Like so many publicly uttered promises, this one has failed… Read more

Matthew ParrisMatthew Parris

Help me become an addict

1 November 2014

When the White Queen told Alice she had sometimes believed as many as six contradictory things before breakfast, she spoke for us all. But our irrationality goes further than a… Read more

James_Forsyth-80x98James Forsyth

Scotland needs Jim Murphy (even if he doesn’t want to go back there)

1 November 2014

There should, by rights, have been a stampede of candidates to replace Johann Lamont as the leader of the Scottish Labour party. With the new powers promised to Holyrood, the… Read more

High lifeTaki

The beauty of fire escapes and the vanishing of Edward Hopper's New York

1 November 2014

Autumn in New York: they even wrote a song about it that was a great hit 60 years ago. Last weekend the sky was awash in blue, Manhattan at its… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

'My boy was my all': letters from a bereaved mother to a Somme widow

1 November 2014

My maternal grandmother (née Clarke) had six brothers, all keen poker players. All six volunteered to fight in the Great War, and only one, Sergeant Herbert Clarke, of B Company,… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

I swam up to a beautiful girl on the beach, and my life changed

1 November 2014

I’m writing this from Portugal, where I’m staying with my old friend Sean Langan. His family has owned a farm in the Algarve for several generations and I first came… Read more

Hugo RifkindHugo Rifkind

I’ll take Jeremy Clarkson over a howling mob any day

1 November 2014

Perhaps it’s a glaring and personal flaw in my observational skills, but if somebody tried to insult me via a number plate attached to their car, I’m not at all… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

How Italy failed the stress test (and Emilio Botín didn’t)

1 November 2014

Continuing last week’s theme, it was the Italian banks — with nine fails, four still requiring capital injections — that bagged the booby prize in the great EU stress-testing exercise,… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

Why won't the law go after the terror of my park?

1 November 2014

What is the point of the Dangerous Dogs Act when there is a man marauding with an illegal pit bull in south London and the police are not arresting him?… Read more

Spectator sportRoger Alton

Test cricket and the Archers are both in deep trouble

1 November 2014

Lions and weasels The Archers and Test cricket: words you rarely find in the same sentence and more’s the pity as there’s not much else that can give greater innocent… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

The only good thing about Halloween is that it makes people hate bats

1 November 2014

I always dread Hallowe’en. It may have originated in Europe as a Christian celebration for remembering the virtuous dead and wishing them on their way to heaven, but its origins… Read more

FoodTanya Gold

Beast is an agonising psychological experiment masquerading as a restaurant

1 November 2014

Beast is next to Debenhams on Oxford Street and it is not conventionally beast-like; rather it is monetised and bespoke beastliness, which is not really beastliness at all. It is… Read more

Rod LiddleRod Liddle

Wear a veil if you like – but don’t treat women like that

25 October 2014

What sort of clothing do you wear when you go to the opera? I assume some of you do go to the opera, otherwise the Royal Opera House could be… Read more

James DelingpoleJames Delingpole

My new affair is thrilling, expensive — and might just break my neck

25 October 2014

I have fallen in love with an unsuitable male. My wife isn’t totally happy about this relationship because she recognises how dangerous it is. The problem with Eddie is that… Read more

James_Forsyth-80x98James Forsyth

It’s not just Ukip that’s changing Cameron’s mind about immigration

25 October 2014

It is easy to mock David Cameron on immigration. Under pressure from the public and from Ukip, he’s having to hot-foot it to a tougher position on the free movement… Read more

Mry_WakefieldMary Wakefield

What are 16-year-olds supposed to learn by making posters?

25 October 2014

My niece, Lara, 15, has a mind like a surgical blade. On any subject, from calculus to The X Factor, she finds the heart of the issue and dissects it… Read more

High lifeTaki

My fury at Fury, a film only a vampire could love

25 October 2014

I have always believed that the mission of most movies made after the Fred & Ginger era has been to reduce, insofar as it is possible, the manners and morals… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

Hello trees, hello sky, hello armoured riot police

25 October 2014

What a beautiful day, I thought, as I nodded to the porter in the bowler hat and stepped out of the Westminster hotel into October sun and wind, with a… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

Russell Brand and Nigel Farage remind me of myself five years ago

25 October 2014

I’m often asked by other free school proposers what lessons I’ve learnt over the past five years. Any pearls of wisdom I can pass on so they don’t make the… Read more

Wiki manRory Sutherland

The best navigation idea I’ve seen since the Tube map

25 October 2014

I stopped using London buses when some coward put doors on them. Twenty years ago, you could board any bus headed in the right direction and when it diverged from… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

The one economic indicator that never stops rising: meet the Negroni Index

25 October 2014

This dispatch comes to you from Venice — where I arrived at sunset on the Orient Express. More of that journey on another occasion, I hope. Suffice to say that… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

Oh no. Where is my iPhone taking me?

25 October 2014

After four hours of driving, we should have been in the middle of Dartmoor. And yet we were not. We were pulled over in a lay-by and the infernal devil… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

If you don't like this stupid survey, there'll be a contradictory one along in a minute

25 October 2014

Perhaps it is because newspapers are going through such hard times that they fill their pages with items that cost them almost nothing to report: in particular, they show ever… Read more

Wild lifeAidan Hartley

What happened when I tried to buy back my father's farm

25 October 2014

 Kenya I perused the brochure produced by Tanzania’s state corporation for livestock ranching, aimed at attracting foreign investors. Under ‘beef production’ was a photo of an American bison. Tanzania’s state… Read more

DrinkBruce Anderson

The secret kinship of good wine and good cricket

25 October 2014

A high proportion of wine-lovers also enjoy cricket, and vice versa. This might seem natural. Anyone with an aesthetic temperament will surely find his way to two of life’s greatest… Read more