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Matthew ParrisMatthew Parris

Artificial intelligence is going to make us doubt the real thing

23 August 2014

Having written (for a Times diary) a few sentences about consciousness in robots, I settled back to study readers’ responses in the online commentary section. They added little. I was… Read more

High lifeTaki

Six decades and two chat-up lines

23 August 2014

 Gstaad In this freewheeling Swiss village of the 1950s, the unconventional was the norm and monumental drinking commonplace, but the manners of the players were always impeccable. Yes, there were… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

What I learned working in the lunatic asylum

23 August 2014

In 1984 I was 27. Since leaving school I had done unskilled manual labour, when I could get any. Then l worked as a nursing assistant and then a trainee… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

The self-delusion that makes people go to festivals – me included

23 August 2014

I wouldn’t describe myself as a veteran of the summer festival circuit, but I’ve been to enough to have a theory about them. Or, rather, discuss someone else’s — in this… Read more

Hugo RifkindHugo Rifkind

Julian Assange is a narcissist and a nut — and if America comes for him we should take his side

23 August 2014

Poor Julian Assange. Call me a contrarian but I’m genuinely starting to feel sorry for the guy. He’s just made such a mess of his life, hasn’t he? And with… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

It’s not just left-wingers who think the bosses’ pay boom is unhealthy

23 August 2014

The FTSE100 index stands precisely where it did in the first week of December 1999. Whichever way you look at it, shareholders — including pension funds — have had a… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

Press five to report a funny man on your doorstep with strange tales of dog torture

23 August 2014

Strangely enough, I was in the middle of writing an article about the tactics used by the RSPCA when another animal charity knocked on my door. A young man holding… Read more

Spectator sportRoger Alton

What does Duncan Fletcher actually do?

23 August 2014

Some years ago, when the last Conservative government was limping towards defeat, someone published a book called 101 Uses for a John Major. It was cruel and fairly funny, the… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

The Italians are disgusted with us

23 August 2014

As the holidays draw to a close, Italian newspapers have been reporting with perplexity and distaste on the outlandish behaviour of foreign tourists in Italy, by which they mean young… Read more

Isabel-Hardman-BWIsabel Hardman

David Cameron's fog of war

23 August 2014

It was clear that things were going wrong for David Cameron when he had to say that his position on Iraq was ‘very, very simple’. To use that phrase was… Read more

FoodTanya Gold

Rhubarb has the loveliest, craziest dining room I have ever seen

23 August 2014

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival: the city is full of glassy-eyed narcissists eating haggis pizza off flyers that say Michael Gove: Prick. I saw the Grim Reaper in the Pleasance Courtyard,… Read more

Rod LiddleRod Liddle

Who's responsible for these anti-Semitic attacks? Give me one guess...

16 August 2014

I was attacked by a swan the other day, as I walked along the bank of the River Stour in Kent. The creature climbed out of the water and lunged… Read more

James DelingpoleJames Delingpole

You’re never too old, they say. But I am

16 August 2014

For my 49th birthday treat, I went to see Shakespeare in Love at the Noël Coward theatre in London. Expensive but worth it: spry, funny, uplifting and moving but also,… Read more

High lifeTaki

How dare they sell the beaches where I played as a child

16 August 2014

 Porto Cheli Nothing is moving, not a twig nor a leaf, and I find myself missing the cows, the mountains and the bad weather. The sun has become the enemy,… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

A road trip in the company of Long John Silver and an exciting pair of thighs

16 August 2014

I live in south Devon. Last week I went up to north Devon, to visit a friend who was renting a cottage on the coast for a week. Devon is… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

Mark Simmonds was just saying what a lot of MPs think

16 August 2014

I feel some sympathy for Mark Simmonds, the Conservative MP who’s resigned as a minister and is stepping down at the end of this Parliament because he can’t support his… Read more

Wiki manRory Sutherland

How oneupmanship wrecks things for everyone

16 August 2014

‘There’s a little bit of a fascist in all of us. For some, the tragedy of human want may provoke an impatient urge to expropriate and centralise economic resources. Others,… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

Fine, get a job in the City. But reach for your dreams first

16 August 2014

August is the season for conversation about career choices. Every holiday party seems to include new graduates or next year’s graduands in need of grown-up advice. Many yearn to be… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

The pleasures of being a boring old unmarried couple

16 August 2014

The problem with not getting married, I am increasingly realising, is that you cannot get divorced. There is no mechanism for separating when you are simply co-romancing with someone. The… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

The word ‘holiday’ has become a political taboo

16 August 2014

It’s August in Tuscany, and the market towns are eerily quiet, presumably because most of their inhabitants are off on their summer holidays by the sea, in the mountains, or… Read more

Isabel-Hardman-BWIsabel Hardman

It costs £34,000 to become an MP. No wonder they expect higher pay

16 August 2014

Mark Simmonds has been in politics long enough to know not to expect much sympathy from his constituents. He resigned as a Foreign Office minister this week because his £89,435… Read more

DrinkBruce Anderson

Visiting Burgundy from my hospital bed

16 August 2014

There have been some splendid rumours about my health. According to the most exotic, I was cas-evacked from a hill in Scotland, flown to St Thomas’s by private plane and… Read more

Rod LiddleRod Liddle

These idiotic academics would be better off working in a garden

9 August 2014

Is your life saturated with racial meaning? The most common answer to this question, when I ask friends and acquaintances, and sometimes people in the street going about their business,… Read more

Matthew ParrisMatthew Parris

I found my inner fascist in a letterbox

9 August 2014

There’s a little bit of a fascist in all of us. For some, the tragedy of human want may provoke an impatient urge to expropriate and centralise for the more… Read more