Diary

Diaryrss

Saddam's hangman, Mowaffak al-Rubaie (Photo: Getty)

Justin Marozzi

25 April 2015

Lunch with the man who hanged Saddam. My irrepressible old Baghdad friend Mowaffak al-Rubaie, Ealing neurologist turned Iraqi national security adviser, is on top form. This may not be unrelated… Read more

ThinkstockPhotos-160041565 copy

David Starkey

18 April 2015

To the dentist. And for an extraction. I hadn’t had a tooth out in decades. But the twinges when I bit on a nut warned me that my problem molar… Read more

Matisse trumps Picasso Photo: Getty

Andrew Marr

11 April 2015

So far, what an infuriating election campaign. We have the most extraordinary array of digital, paper and broadcasting media at our fingertips — excellent political columnists, shrewd and experienced number-crunchers,… Read more

Former head of MI6 Sir John Scarlett stands in front of a painting of Sir George Mansfield Smith-Cumming, the first chief of the Secret Intelligence Service. Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Max Hastings

4 April 2015

I am living in rustic seclusion while writing a book. Our only cultural outing of the week was to Newbury cinema to see, transmitted from the National Theatre, Arthur Miller’s… Read more

Brian Sewell Photo: Getty

Harry Mount

28 March 2015

I never knew classicists could be so scary! Last week I wrote a Telegraph article saying classics exams had been dumbed down. It followed the news that Camden School for… Read more

UK Budget Day 2015

Danny Alexander

21 March 2015

It’s dangerous, in my line of work, to promise you’ll be anywhere by 8 p.m. I made this mistake recently, saying I’d turn up to a dinner after a Budget… Read more

The Ceremonial Funeral Of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher

Jeffrey Archer

14 March 2015

This last week, in India, I visited six cities in seven days: Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Calcutta and New Delhi. This is my 11th trip to India and from the… Read more

Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne Photo: Getty

Miriam Gross

7 March 2015

Last week I went to the exhilarating English National Opera production of Wagner’s The Mastersingers — five hours of wonderful music and singing whizzed by without a moment’s boredom. But… Read more

Paul Mason Photo: Getty

Paul Mason

28 February 2015

It’ll be a Skype interview, says the producer from Greek television, and not live. In TV-speak that usually means not urgent and not important, but I’ve become vaguely interesting to… Read more

Marsha Hunt Photo: Getty

Virginia Ironside

21 February 2015

All this fuss about Fifty Shades of Grey! I wonder how many people have actually read all three books? Sado-masochism is only half the story. When you’ve waded through the… Read more

Sebastian Faulks Photo: Getty

Sebastian Faulks

14 February 2015

Just back from Sri Lanka, a place I first went to in 1981. It was then a dreamy island. I remember giving the room boy who had brought my case… Read more

Ian Lavender, Michael Buerk, Lord Faulkner, Bridget Riley, Ken Dodd and Gyles Bradreth attend the Oldie Of The Year Awards Photo: Getty

Alexander Chancellor

7 February 2015

An excellent test of character is a person’s response to being offered an Oldie of the Year Award. There have always been those to whom the word ‘oldie’ is in… Read more

Ukip's Nigel Farage Campaigns Before European Elections

Nigel Farage

31 January 2015

Dry January is tougher than it sounds. Well, for me anyway. It’s now been some 28 days since I’ve had a drink, and you should see what that means for… Read more

IRAN-FRANCE-ATTACKS-CHARLIE-HEBDO-RELIGION-DEMO

Tom Holland

24 January 2015

As weather bombs brew in the north Atlantic, I’m roughing it by heading off to Rajasthan, and the literary festival where you are most likely to be greeted by an… Read more

177702927

Owen Matthews

17 January 2015

 Moscow Here we go again. The rouble slides, then tumbles, and slides again. For those of us who remember the crash of August 1998, the drill is familiar. For Muscovites,… Read more

Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba Photo: Getty

Nicky Haslam

10 January 2015

I was once bundled into a police car in Palm Springs to explain why I didn’t have snow-tyres on my pick-up in the red-hot California desert. I don’t remember the… Read more

Virgin and Child with Canon van der Paele flanked by Saint George and Saint Donation,  Jan van Eyck, 1436 Photo: Getty

Bruce Anderson

3 January 2015

An embarrassing confession: in the late 1960s, I was a Trotskyite. But that period of political adolescence has its uses. It made me aware of the methods employed by extremist… Read more

Photo: David Benett/Getty

Joan Collins

13 December 2014

Every year Christmas comes earlier and earlier in America. Cards, baubles and imitation trees were being sold in the big department stores in August, and the street decorations have been… Read more

Former Whitehall editor for The Sun newspaper , Clodagh Hartley Photo: Getty

Stig Abell

6 December 2014

Soon after I joined the Sun as managing editor (among other things, I used to review novels for The Spectator), I read an interview with Keir Starmer, the outgoing head… Read more

The cast of The Only Way is Essex Photo: ITV

Jeremy Paxman

29 November 2014

The most unfashionable show on television, Songs of Praise, has had a makeover. The BBC had apparently discovered that the average viewer of the show was in their mid-seventies. Quelle… Read more

Photo: David Levensen/Getty

Richard Madeley

22 November 2014

Oh God, it’s happened again. Another evening where I’m surrounded by people I know personally or have interviewed, and I can’t remember a single name. Multiple blanks. It’s a sort… Read more

Alexander Masters

15 November 2014

Two million pounds can buy you consideration for a place on a medical trial! Every year untold numbers of potential cancer therapies are abandoned. There is simply not enough money… Read more

11/00/2001. Film "Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone"

Barry Humphries

8 November 2014

Do fish have loins? Last Tuesday, in a pretentious restaurant, I ordered a ‘loin of sea trout’. It looked just like an ordinary piece of fish — a bit small,… Read more

Napoleon In Exile

Andrew Roberts

1 November 2014

To the British embassy in Paris for a colloquium on ‘Napoleon and Wellington in War and Peace’ organised by our ambassador, Sir Peter Ricketts, to mark the bicentenary of the… Read more

Griff Rhys Jones Photo: Getty

Griff Rhys Jones

25 October 2014

In order to promote the Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia festival, I am trying to persuade Jason Morell, the director, that he must help me come up with stunts. ‘It’s stunts… Read more