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Bird Hunting

The Odd Bottles now have a paramilitary wing

3 December 2016 9:00 am

This is something to be said for starting to celebrate Christmas before the end of the grouse season. It provides…

Dear Mary: I want a nuclear-family Christmas, but my cousin is on his own

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Q. I don’t go to my club that often but the other day I found a letter there waiting for…

Girl with birds tattooed on shoulder. Freedom concept

When my sister dies, will her tattoos live on?

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Adventures in the growing business of post-mortem tattoo preservation

Beauty and the beast: Beyonce and Jay-Z (Photo: Getty)

Dating apps let us pair off by looks. That’s a disaster – as I found out

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Dating apps encourage their users to pair off by looks. That’s a mistake, as I learned the hard way

Purebred white Bichon Frise dog

Hell is other people’s dogs – Michael and Sarah’s, for instance

5 November 2016 9:00 am

I’ve now just about reached that delightful stage in life where you’re no longer exposed to the horrors of other…

Dear Mary: How to keep your guests from too many toasts

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Q. How can I tactfully request that well-meaning old friends stop toasting my (new) husband’s hospitality? It seems ungrateful but,…

Gwithian, Cornwall

Nowhere on the Continent can compare to Cornwall

20 August 2016 9:00 am

After the misery of going abroad for the summer holidays for the past few years, I’m now happily back in…

Ocean Mist

Jenn Ashworth’s fourth novel charts a family’s struggle with sickness and loss over generations

16 July 2016 9:00 am

After a curtain-twitching cul-de-sac, a Preston shopping precinct, and the Church of the Latter-Day Saints brought to Lancashire, Jenn Ashworth…

First Day Of The Royal Cornwall Show

The day that Brexit camped in my kitchen

18 June 2016 9:00 am

On Thursday last week, as the baby and I were moving in our usual slow circles around the house, from…

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Who keeps sabotaging my giant Leave poster?

18 June 2016 9:00 am

I’ve never been a great believer in karma. After all, in the absence of some kind of cosmic enforcer of…

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I used to back Jeremy Hunt’s digital NHS plan. Now I know it’s a disaster

7 May 2016 9:00 am

My baby and I excel at blood tests. He (tiny, jaundiced) stretches out naked under the hospital’s hot cot-lamps like…

Gentlest and sweetest of dogs

Beautiful, wilful, never dull: in praise of Clumber spaniels

7 May 2016 9:00 am

For the first time in more than 30 years we have no Clumber spaniel. We have had five: Henry, Judith,…

The children of Michael Jackson: Prince, Blanket and Paris (Photo: Getty)

How baby names got so weird

23 April 2016 9:00 am

How Wolf and Skylar pushed out John and Mary

Strange fruit: Bosch mixes scripture and folklore

Want your children to love art? Start with Hieronymus Bosch

23 April 2016 9:00 am

If you hope to inspire an appreciation of Renaissance art in your children, look to Hieronymus Bosch. Ideally, your children…

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the shifting meaning of ‘illegitimate’

16 April 2016 9:00 am

‘The Archbishop of Canterbury has discovered he is the illegitimate son of Sir Winston Churchill’s last private secretary,’ Charles Moore…

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A dispatch from a family of fooshers

2 April 2016 9:00 am

I’d like this to have been one of those Spectator diaries that gives the ordinary reader a glimpse into the…

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What Hillary Clinton won’t find in Area 51

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Area of doubt Hillary Clinton has said that if she is elected she will open files on the US military…

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Confessions of a Saga lout

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Baby boomers like me aren’t giving up irresponsible hedonism as we age. We’re just getting worse at it

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The scan said my baby wouldn’t live. It was wrong

26 March 2016 9:00 am

When my unborn baby was a five-month-old fetus, twisting about in the internal dark, he was given a death sentence…

Waugh & Herbert

Let Evelyn Waugh back into Combe Florey churchyard

26 March 2016 9:00 am

My father, Evelyn Waugh, enjoyed pretending to be a horror. He wasn’t

A proud nation: the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB (Photo: Getty)

How my disabled son has changed my mind about political correctness

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Here’s another stock joke for your collection: Pembroke College, Cambridge, has cancelled a fancy dress party themed on Around the…

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Beware the baby-snatchers: how social services can ruin your family

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Why many mothers with post-natal depression now dread a visit from social services

Dear Mary: Must I have name badges for guests at my wedding?

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Q. My husband-to-be and I both work full time. We are getting married from his family HQ and his kind…

Bond's Daniel Craig (Photo: Getty)

Where’s all the joy gone?

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Britain seems to be suffering from a dearth of lightheartedness

Will Father Christmas bring that drum kit?

Tips from Just William on making a Christmas list

5 December 2015 9:00 am

William Brown had the right idea about Christmas lists. Under the heading ‘Things I Want for Christmas’, he requests: a…