A successful gambler once told me: ‘Never bet on football, never bet on multipliers, and never ever bet on football…
When you hear the words ‘economic recovery’, do you think: ‘Great! Britain is on the mend’? Or ‘Damn! I should…
Leave Florence and Sienna to the aesthetes. Let the in-crowd do Naples and Palermo. For the amateur Italophile, Rome is…
Can Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet follow in the London mayor’s footsteps?
I always seek the best advice – then do the opposite
Historian Diarmaid MacCullochon trying to find what our ancestors didn’t tell us
The present crop of rumours at the Vatican could furnish a dozen Dan Brown novels
Friday night in Jaffa, and it’s a party. Jaffa, to the south of Tel Aviv, is where the cool kids…
In his second term, Obama is taking a decisive turn away from Europe — and Britain
The jockey Sam Waley-Cohen on what it takes to beat the pros
Is Obama actually super-smart, or just academic?
It’s vanity to think that the French still hate us
The royal family’s PR operation is in danger of becoming too successful
Lord Carey on why the Anglican Communion must reconnect with the working classes
An interview with Ralph Fiennes about his new film of Coriolanus
Can the President really pose as the ‘fair shake’ candidate?
The waspish art critic Brian Sewell on his duty to be frank about his personal life – even if it shocks other octogenarians
To my relief, it’s not underwear
If you are feeling chippy — and I hope you are not — you might find Totally Tom annoying.
Whitehall’s four-day week
Louise Stern on what the deaf really think of ‘hearing people’
It may not be widely played, but this is a great sport for everyone, says Freddy Gray
It’s noisy here in the bar at the Old Vic; the air is teeming with thespy gossip and laughter and clinking glasses.
Freddy Gray takes the plunge into scuba off the Maldives
Oliver Stone hits back at his critics