Rievaulx: only swifts and pigeons break the silence

Stay amid the stones of Rievaulx

3 September 2016 9:00 am

We’re so used to looking at the abbeys smashed up by Henry VIII — particularly Rievaulx and Byland, in north…

Glyndebourne (Photo: Getty)

Glyndebourne on a summer’s eve was Arcadia

30 July 2016 9:00 am

I know little about human medicine: still less about the animal equivalent. So I had always assumed that vets were…

My hero (Photo: Getty)

My hero Nigel Farage told me the secret of Brexit success

9 July 2016 9:00 am

I am trying to decide with some friends which is worse, English weather or English football. The former is improving…

Honister Pass in the Lake District. The ragged granite fells of Cumbria account for nearly half the cols in England

A guide to Britain’s most strenuous walks

25 June 2016 8:00 am

Cols and Passes of the British Isles

An early folly: Rushton Triangular Lodge, Northamptonshire, built in 1597 by Sir Thomas Tresham as a symbol of the Holy Trinity

Let’s celebrate follies – England’s most distinctive contribution to world architecture

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Ruined castles, altars, temples of virtue, alcoves, labyrinths, pagodas: Stephen Bayley celebrates a peculiarly English obsession

English cross of St George flags hanging from windows.

Labour must stop feeling repulsed by the idea of Englishness

21 May 2016 9:00 am

My party needs to stop being scared of patriotism

Ben Stokes celebrates England's win against Sri Lanka (Photo: Getty)

Reasons to be cheerful about cricket, football and the Grand National

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Well the sun is out, the sky is blue, and poor Boris Johnson is taking such a pounding from Matthew…

Emma Thompson (Photo: Getty)

Emma Thompson’s wrong about the EU and cake

20 February 2016 9:00 am

At first glance, Emma Thompson’s intervention in the Brexit debate earlier this week didn’t make much sense. Asked at the…

Flags of UK and Scotland on Grunge Texture

The shocking truth about the English and the Scots: they agree

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Last year, the United Kingdom came within 384,000 votes of destruction. A referendum designed to crush the Scottish nationalists instead…

The romanticism of fell and water

Wrestling with the romantic glory of the Lake District

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling is the best thing in the Lake District. I lived near Wigton, just north of the…

Jeremy Corbyn (Photo: iStock)

Jeremy Corbyn isn’t like Caligula’s horse – he’s like Caligula

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn has been compared to plenty of people over the past few months — a geography teacher, Michael Foot,…


Tristram Hunt’s diary: The rainy glories of Devon – and a cold political climate

5 September 2015 9:00 am

‘Devon, Devon, Devon/ Where it rains six days out of seven.’ Nothing beats a British seaside holiday. And north Devon…


Why nothing in sport beats thrashing the Aussies at cricket

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Why nothing in sport beats thrashing the Aussies at cricket

Prue Leith’s diary: When did weddings stop being for parents?

8 August 2015 9:00 am

My Cambodian daughter and her husband have just got married again. Wedding One was a Buddhist affair in our drawing…

Tides of wealth: Polzeath beach

Would Betjeman recognise anything about today’s north Cornwall?

11 July 2015 9:00 am

In a documentary filmed at the end of his life, Sir John Betjeman, who lived in the village of Trebetherick…

First he brought limp salad, and now it’s drizzling

The pitfalls of picnics (and how to avoid them)

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Strange, isn’t it, that despite having such famously terrible weather, we Brits are so fond of a picnic. It’s something…

Letters: Booming churches, brilliant Swedes and who gets the VC

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Growing congregations Sir: I would like to take issue with Damian Thompson (‘Crisis of faith’, 13 June) and his assertions…

A young family plan their time in Margate, 1955

Margate's return to Dreamland

13 June 2015 9:00 am

How Margate got its groove back


A piece of primeval England reborn in Sussex

30 May 2015 9:00 am

A piece of ancient England is being reborn around a castle in Sussex

Grayson Perry's 'Walthamstow Tapestry' (2009)

Grayson Perry - heir to Lewis Caroll and William Blake

30 May 2015 9:00 am

At the Turner Prize dinner of 2003, as the winner, Grayson Perry, took a photo call with his family wearing…

Anita Dobson as Queen Elizabeth I in ‘Armada: 12 Days to Save England’

BBC2's Armada has something for everybody - including three yummy female historians

30 May 2015 9:00 am

It has been a while since the BBC really pushed the boat out on the epic history documentary front. Perhaps…

A mural in Los Angeles commemorating the 1915 Armenian Genocide (Photo: Getty)

Scotland knows the power of a common enemy. We English don’t

18 April 2015 9:00 am

When last Sunday Pope Francis took the brave step of acknowledging the Armenian tragedy as the ‘first genocide of the…


The myth of the housing crisis

28 February 2015 9:00 am

The coalition is letting developers concrete over the countryside, but that won’t help young people buy houses

Dominique Strauss-Kahn Photo: Getty

France, England and the tragedy of DSK

28 February 2015 9:00 am

When we consider poets who perished before their day, thoughts turn to the Romantics or the war victims: Burns, Keats,…


It takes a village (or six): the battle for rural churches

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Can England’s 10,000 rural churches survive?