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Rod LiddleRod Liddle

Sulking, weeping, throwing tantrums: we’re all toddlers now

22 November 2014

I wonder how long it will be before we actually crawl back into the womb? The average mental age of our population stands at about four. A decade or so… Read more

James DelingpoleJames Delingpole

The Green Blob believes in science – except when scientists disagree with it

22 November 2014

The Green Blob which did for Owen Paterson has claimed another victim. Her name is Anne Glover and she was, until recently, chief scientific adviser to the President of the… Read more

James_Forsyth-80x98James Forsyth

Scotland's political earthquake – and what it will do to Westminster

22 November 2014

‘She sold out the Hydro arena faster than Kylie Minogue,’ said one awestruck unionist of Nicola Sturgeon this week. Scotland’s new first minister has come into office on a tide… Read more

Mry_WakefieldMary Wakefield

Why it's uncivilised to sneer at patriotism

22 November 2014

Is it racist to be patriotic? Is patriotism, by definition, small-minded and exclusive? When you strip away the onion layers of sentiment about history and hymns, Shakespeare and lawn clippings,… Read more

High lifeTaki

Snobbery, sneering and secret sniggers: the sad truth about the so-called 'special relationship'

22 November 2014

To the grand Herrera house on the upper east side of Manhattan for lunch in honour of Lord and Lady Linley. David Linley is over here to receive an award… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

‘Are you going out tonight, Frasier? If you are, don’t leave without me’

22 November 2014

An hour earlier I had stepped off a plane from Dublin and I was three-quarters deaf in one ear. I had a drink in the bar at Boisdales Canary Wharf… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

Pity I’m a Celebrity’s token old guys

22 November 2014

I had thought that my days of being approached by reality show producers hoping to put together a cast of D-list celebrities were behind me. Apparently not. A couple of… Read more

Wiki manRory Sutherland

Why does Amazon think my friend is a kidnapper?

22 November 2014

About four years ago, an irate father in Minneapolis walked into his local Target shop with a complaint. He wanted to know why they were sending his daughter, who was… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

Are the Qataris ready for the curse of Canary Wharf?

22 November 2014

I’ve written before of a ‘curse of Qatar’ that might explain misfortunes attending the Gulf state’s UK investments, of which the seven-years-delayed Chelsea Barracks redevelopment is an example. I also… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

If the tofu munchers had their way, horses would sleep on mattresses in bespoke tents like a Glastonbury VIP area

22 November 2014

Before I go any further, I would like to make clear that no animals were harmed in the making of this column. You might think that goes without saying, but… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

Lottery winners are strikingly unimaginative about spending money

22 November 2014

I thought that this week I might write about memory loss, but couldn’t remember if I’d written about it last week. Then I remembered that I had written about it,… Read more

Wild lifeAidan Hartley

There are echoes of Turkey and Armenia in the revisionist view of the Rwandan genocide

22 November 2014

Kenya It’s a long time since I thought of Thaddee, our Kigali stringer when I was covering Rwanda for Reuters. I remembered him because a recent fashion in western universities… Read more

DrinkBruce Anderson

The real French embassy is a restaurant

22 November 2014

Semper eadem. There is some basement in a Mayfair street that is forever France. It is not far from the American embassy, a strong candidate for the all-time monstrous carbuncle… Read more

Rod LiddleRod Liddle

There just aren't enough Brits getting killed in Syria

15 November 2014

The news is always grim, isn’t it? Doom and gloom everywhere. And even the news which appears to be good has a dark cloud hovering behind it. For example, we… Read more

Matthew ParrisMatthew Parris

What you’re missing now that you don’t read this in print

15 November 2014

The internet is a frighteningly efficient place for hunter-gathering – but the pleasures of undirected browsing are harder to find online

High lifeTaki

Unlike the philistine sharks of today, Aleko Goulandris is an art collector of the old school

15 November 2014

Aleko Goulandris is my oldest and closest friend. We met in the summer of 1945, at the Semiramis hotel in a northern Athenian resort. The Allied bombing and the ensuing… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

I nearly went lost my mind in southern Spain on the trail of Gerald Brenan

15 November 2014

Another writer I once liked very much is Gerald Brenan. Brenan served with distinction in the first world war and afterwards carted 2,000 books to Yegen, a remote village in… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

The man feminists seemed to think was worse than the Taleban

15 November 2014

Feature writers aren’t often acclaimed for their courage, but Neil Lyndon deserves a bronze plaque in St Bride’s. Twenty-two years ago, he wrote a book called No More Sex War… Read more

Hugo RifkindHugo Rifkind

You shouldn’t watch Dapper Laughs. But you really shouldn’t let the likes of me stop you

15 November 2014

As you’ll know by now, I’m big on thinking the right things. Should a thought strike me that m’colleague Rod Liddle would not describe as ‘bien-pensant’, then I will of… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

Why I’m glad there’s no British Las Vegas

15 November 2014

I didn’t realise that the Rialto Bridge has a moving walkway and muzak, that the gondolas beneath it float on a clear blue pool, and that the school of Tiepolo… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

The impossibility of ordering the right-sized salad

15 November 2014

People don’t listen. It’s a relatively new thing. People used to listen, to varying degrees. You had your good listeners and you had your bad listeners. Now people just don’t… Read more

Spectator sportRoger Alton

International cricket must return to Pakistan (and my team went first)

15 November 2014

In a tiny courtyard just off the teeming alleys of Lahore’s old town, a young Pakistani boy in a gleaming white shalwar kameez picks up his Adidas cricket bat and… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

A trip to Berlin with John Smith before the wall came down

15 November 2014

Last Sunday night 8,000 illuminated balloons, tethered along eight miles of Berlin’s former inner-city border between East and West Germany, were released into the sky to commemorate the dismantling of… Read more

Isabel-Hardman-BWIsabel Hardman

The Tories were sure they'd romp home in Rochester. How did they get it so wrong?

15 November 2014

In a corner of the Ukip campaign office in Rochester, a light-up orb is spinning, with the words ‘Vote Mark Reckless’ endlessly switching from yellow to purple. It’s hypnotic, if… Read more

FoodTanya Gold

A buffet in an Egyptian tomb

15 November 2014

Atlantico is a vast buffet inside the Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort Spa and Casino in Gran Canaria. The Lopesan Costa Melonoras Resort Spa and Casino — or, as I will… Read more