Barack Obama: anatomy of a failure

3 January 2015

The President is heir to a mistaken sense of America’s place in the world. But he has played a bad hand poorly

Bob Dylan Performing In England

Bob Dylan and the illusion of modern times

3 January 2015

To grasp the real shape of recent history, you have to stop using yourself as a measure


Return of the fairy-hunters

3 January 2015

An eccentric English tradition acquires some new academic firepower


Why I detest clothes with words on

3 January 2015

And as for carrying a clutch bag made in the image of a book…


Onsen: dive into another side of Japan

3 January 2015

Soaking in piping hot springs, the tranquillity, the beautiful settings, the deep sense of relaxation — I can’t get enough


The beautiful Balkans on horseback

3 January 2015

There’s no better way to see Bulgaria’s mountains


Brazil: Rio without the grande

3 January 2015

Ed Cumming seeks a seething city’s quiet side


My perfect island – and the posher one next door

3 January 2015

The more you pay for your Maldives holiday, the more privacy you can expect, and the less chance there will be of dancing

Dallas’s art deco Fair Park

Dallas, city of culture

3 January 2015

That famous painter George W. Bush must fit right in

Johannesburg: a city trying hard to revamp its image

Low life’s Limpopo legend

3 January 2015

Around a safari campfire, they’re still telling tales of Jeremy Clarke


Cockfighting: the last, hidden link to Bali’s warlike past

3 January 2015

The island’s image as a new-age nirvana isn’t much older than the middle-aged hippies who love it

The parks are empty and the landscapes are yours

If you want a real safari, head to Botswana

3 January 2015

Kenya has the rush hour of ungulates, the gang bang of predators — but Botswana offers consistently superb encounters with wildlife


Black flags and Christmas lights: a letter from Beirut

13 December 2014

The assumption here is that Lebanon will be the next place the jihadis target


What’s behind the Boris Johnson show?

13 December 2014

To interview the Mayor of London is to witness an extraordinary performance


Penelope Lively’s notebook: Coal holes and pub opera

13 December 2014

Plus: Seasonal Shakespeare with six-year-olds

Christmas Choir

The threat to Christmas carols – and how to save them

13 December 2014

Singing, like swimming, is natural, healthy and intensely pleasurable — but you have to try it to know


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

13 December 2014

Stories of the path of romance from A.L. Kennedy, Jack Whitehall, Celia Walden, Toby Young and many others

UKIP Prepares For Rochester And Strood By-Election

How to fix Britain’s immigration crisis (without leaving Europe)

13 December 2014

The problem Ukip has highlighted is real. But there are better solutions


Europeans no longer fear Germany. But do the Germans still fear themselves?

13 December 2014

The need for a ‘more active foreign policy’ clashes with the deep-seated pacifism of the federal republic


David Hare’s notebook: The National Theatre belongs to taxpayers, not corporate sponsors

13 December 2014

Plus: The forward-thinking elderly, and agreeing with a critic


Why are we abandoning the Middle East's Christians to Isis?

13 December 2014

If the Christians of Iraq and Syria are to survive, they may have to do it in Acton


The Christmas lunch

13 December 2014

A short story by Nina Stibbe, illustrated by Carolyn Gowdy


Alexander McCall Smith’s notebook: America vs my diet

13 December 2014

Plus: Changing manners in baseball caps and grammar

Ofsted Chief Inspector visits school

Has the Chief Inspector of Schools really gone rogue?

13 December 2014

Sir Michael Wilshaw must revamp his power-crazed organisation


Edie Campbell’s catwalk notes: the joys of the hunt ball, and mystery of Grozny fashion week

13 December 2014

Plus: Trying to interview a model, and glamour in Earl’s Court