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Vienna's Belvedere Palace

Neither London nor New York will be livable in ten years’ time

25 April 2015

A recent column in the FT made me mad as hell. The writer, Simon Kuper, calls Vienna a backwater, which is a bit like calling the Queen a busted flush… Read more

Great escapes (Photo: Getty)

The lost talk of old Noo Yawk

18 April 2015

New York ‘Gimme a BLT on rye and hold da mayo’ is a great Noo Yawk sound. So is boid for bird, and toerty-toird for 33rd Street. True working-class accents… Read more

Taki has found a new love

For the first time in my life I felt like a rock star

11 April 2015

Ah, spring! The spring of our frostbitten age. At the Polish Club in London, a wonderful place studded with portraits of Polish patriots who have fought and sacrificed for the… Read more

Don Giovanni at Haus fuer Mozart Photo: Getty

Even a perfect opera such as Don Giovanni improves with a good red

4 April 2015

End of season is always bittersweet, the melting snows a bit like autumn leaves. But the days are longer and soon spring will chase away any remaining winter blues. The… Read more

Elton John Photo: Getty

Make no mistake: the Top Gear brouhaha is cultural warfare

28 March 2015

It’s a famous quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald, one that Elton John should ponder (when he’s not out shopping, that is): ‘The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability… Read more

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No man ever wanted a dumb broad for a wife

21 March 2015

As I was flipping through some television garbage trying to induce sleep, I came upon an old western starring Kirk Douglas, Dorothy Malone and Rock Hudson. Once upon a time… Read more

Acropolis Hill, Athens

Where Alcibiades once walked, amateur tax spies are trying to entrap poor pistachio-sellers

14 March 2015

 Athens I am walking on a wide pedestrian road beneath the Acropolis within 200 meters of the remaining Themistoclean wall and the ancient cemetery to eminent Athenians. One side is… Read more

Bruce Jenner with step-daughter, Kim Kardashian Photo: Getty

Those who complain about it are silly and very boring

7 March 2015

The secret of eternal youth, according to Alice Roosevelt Longworth, is arrested development, and the penny dropped last week. The mountains were misty, snow was falling and I went to… Read more

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis Photo: Getty

Once upon a time I was very proud to be Greek. But no more

28 February 2015

Gstaad A naked, very good-looking young man skied down the mountain evoking shrieks of laughter and admiration from the hundred or so skiers lining the slopes. He turned out to… Read more

Arnaud de Borchgrave Photo: Getty

The future was looking bleak for a poor little Greek Boy who had turned 30, but then I met Arnaud de Borchgrave

21 February 2015

I hate to start with a cliché, but Count Arnaud de Borchgrave d’Altena, who died in Washington DC last week, aged 88, was the last of the great foreign correspondents… Read more


At 78 years of age, I can’t keep up with the young shuss-boomers any longer

14 February 2015

Gstaad Once upon a time clergymen saw mountain peaks as natural steeples leading them ever closer to God. Doctors considered mountains the best medicine for tuberculosis, while explorers saw them… Read more

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Photo: Getty

Taki’s recipe for the survival of the Greek nation

7 February 2015

The good news is that a Greek suppository is about to relieve the EU’s economic constipation. The bad is that there’s a Castro in our midst posing — just as… Read more

Kim Kardashian Photo: Getty

Those ancient Greeks were bores — but things are looking up

31 January 2015

Thick snow is falling hard and heavy, muffling sounds and turning the picturesque village postcard beautiful. I am lying in bed listening to a Mozart version of ‘Ave Maria’, a… Read more

Ava Gardner: one of the ones that got away Photo: Getty

My four great loves were unrequited (though I had a chance with Ginger Rogers)

24 January 2015

I had a short chat with BBC radio concerning the actor Jack Nicholson, whom I knew slightly during the Seventies and Eighties. Alas, it had to do with age, his… Read more

Japanese soldiers searching through the debris, 2011 Photo: Getty

Let’s all become Japanese for a while

17 January 2015

This is a good time to write about a nation’s resilience in the face of calamity. I am referring to the stoic discipline with which the Japanese bore hardship and… Read more

Richard Ingrams with Christopher Booker and William Rushton at Private Eye Photo: Getty

Meet the people who can make me look like a saint

10 January 2015

 Gstaad The very end of 2014 laid an egg, and an expensive one at that. I missed David Tang’s bash in London because I thought it too much to fly… Read more

Dr. James Watson Photo: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty

Warning: these books could seriously damage your health

3 January 2015

Welcome to 2015, the year that speaking and writing freely had to stop. Anything that might cause trauma to anyone of any race except the white one will be expunged,… Read more


Taki's Christmas gift to readers: a masterclass in the art of seduction

13 December 2014

Here is my Christmas gift to Spectator readers, one that applies mostly to unmarried males, but is also available to married ones who might wish to test if that old… Read more


Another New York institution bites the dust

6 December 2014

Except for sickness in one’s family or the loss of a life, is there anything sadder than to see a bookstore shut its doors? I used to live on a… Read more


Modern man looks like a homeless bum and reveals things one wouldn’t tell a shrink

29 November 2014

The leaves are falling non-stop, like names dropped in Hollywood, and it has suddenly turned colder than the look I got from a very pretty girl at a downtown restaurant.… Read more

Supermac and JFK, 1963 Photo: Getty

Snobbery, sneering and secret sniggers: the sad truth about the so-called 'special relationship'

22 November 2014

To the grand Herrera house on the upper east side of Manhattan for lunch in honour of Lord and Lady Linley. David Linley is over here to receive an award… Read more

Unlike the philistine sharks of today, Aleko Goulandris is an art collector of the old school

15 November 2014

Aleko Goulandris is my oldest and closest friend. We met in the summer of 1945, at the Semiramis hotel in a northern Athenian resort. The Allied bombing and the ensuing… Read more

Monica Lewinsky at the annual Norman Mailer event Photo: Getty

The difficult art of finding the right yacht

8 November 2014

To Newport, Rhode Island, the smallest state in the Union but one of the most beautiful. Driving north-east from the Bagel, there’s Long Island Sound on one’s right, and beautifully… Read more


The beauty of fire escapes and the vanishing of Edward Hopper's New York

1 November 2014

Autumn in New York: they even wrote a song about it that was a great hit 60 years ago. Last weekend the sky was awash in blue, Manhattan at its… Read more

Logan Lerman and Shia LaBeouf in Fury

My fury at Fury, a film only a vampire could love

25 October 2014

I have always believed that the mission of most movies made after the Fred & Ginger era has been to reduce, insofar as it is possible, the manners and morals… Read more