It’s a famous quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald, one that Elton John should ponder (when he’s… Read more

As I was flipping through some television garbage trying to induce sleep, I came upon an… Read more

 Athens I am walking on a wide pedestrian road beneath the Acropolis within 200 meters of… Read more

I’m watching Manchester City being taken to the cleaners by Barcelona on the telly, while at… Read more

For the Cheltenham Festival I received the customary tipster circular from my pal Soapy Joe. Soapy’s… Read more

It’s a silly, chippy complex, I know, but I often feel, on the rare occasions that… Read more

The builder boyfriend has a new girlfriend. I suppose he was bound to move on eventually.… Read more

Darcy was obviously listening to every word I said. After we got back from the ride… Read more

All was going suspiciously well with the thoroughbred. I suppose it had to be the calm… Read more

 Laikipia With a shriek, the warrior arched his body, readying to sling his spear at my… Read more

Juba I discovered a 1954 Morris Minor parked outside the Catholic mission station in Mopoi, South… Read more

Hell’s Kitchen My ambition to open a fish and chip shop in Mogadishu has not happened… Read more

I sometimes try to imagine what it would be like being a political leader. I find… Read more

In 1993, when I was living in Manhattan working for the New Yorker magazine, I was… Read more

Of all the election promises politicians make in the run-up to a general election the one… Read more