Here is my Christmas gift to Spectator readers, one that applies mostly to unmarried males, but… Read more

Except for sickness in one’s family or the loss of a life, is there anything sadder… Read more

The leaves are falling non-stop, like names dropped in Hollywood, and it has suddenly turned colder… Read more

After lunch on Christmas Day my father always stood at the sink in his apron and… Read more

The thing I enjoy most about travel-writing gigs is meeting other hacks. Hacks are almost invariably… Read more

Moofushi, Maldives   We clambered aboard a dhoni, the sturdy wooden boat that the Maldivians use… Read more

The countryside is all very well so long as you know you can leave it. Funnily… Read more

After our spectacular season opener, the spaniel and I were on probation. Cydney, you may recall,… Read more

The ambassador’s receptions are noted in society for their host’s exquisite taste that captivates guests. You… Read more

Laikipia We are privileged to live with lions on the farm. We hear them most nights.… Read more

Kenya It’s a long time since I thought of Thaddee, our Kigali stringer when I was… Read more

 Kenya I perused the brochure produced by Tanzania’s state corporation for livestock ranching, aimed at attracting… Read more

More than ever this year I find friends planning to go abroad for Christmas, some to… Read more

This is a tremendous time for ‘ordinary’ people. The elitists, the members of the ‘establishment’, are… Read more

The Times has given way to the Daily Telegraph as the bastion of the established order,… Read more