Thick snow is falling hard and heavy, muffling sounds and turning the picturesque village postcard beautiful.… Read more

I had a short chat with BBC radio concerning the actor Jack Nicholson, whom I knew… Read more

This is a good time to write about a nation’s resilience in the face of calamity.… Read more

I’m rubbish at public speaking and detest it. Even the thought of reciting an English poem… Read more

The taxi-driver wound his window one third of the way down and put a priestlike, confessional… Read more

The hotel and its bright tan prayer rug of a beach were one. In the early… Read more

My iPad is dead, that’s what’s wrong with it. The plumage don’t enter into it. But… Read more

My ponies may be psychic. I think they are communicating with each other telepathically. And before… Read more

Clearly, I am going to have to report my broken mop handle to the authorities. It… Read more

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

Whether or not you believe in the afterlife, death remains an impenetrable mystery. One moment a… Read more

I have been having trouble with my dishwasher. It’s seven and a half years old, and… Read more

It’s 15 years since I first wrote an article about the threat to the nation of… Read more