Mark Palmer

My love affair with single malt whisky

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Mark Palmer on his late-blooming love affair with single malt whisky

Parents? They can’t handle the truth

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Mark Palmer asks why today’s teachers pull their punches in school reports and at parents’ evenings

The purgatory of passport control – and why it’s about to get worse

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Passport control? It’s more like purgatory

Good riddance to stern matrons and bullying housemasters

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Pastoral care has come an awfully long way in recent years, finds Mark Palmer

In defence of the dinner party

13 August 2016 9:00 am

My wife prefers restaurants. She’s wrong

Would you prefer useless or expensive? The truth about tooth-whitening

9 April 2016 9:00 am

The booming tooth-whitening business, and what it can’t do for you

School uniform doesn’t stifle creative expression... it positively encourages it

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Far from stifling individuality, school uniform positively encourages creative expression, declares one-time schoolboy rebel Mark Palmer

Banish the canapé and give me a cocktail sausage!

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Let’s get rid of these ridiculous thimble-sized offerings

My holiday hell: hotel horror stories

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Not everyone likes staying in hotels. I love it — which is just as well, considering I’m a travel editor.…

On song: Bob Dylan performs at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in 2011; photographers are banned on his current tour

Never again, I told myself last time Bob Dylan was in town

29 October 2015 9:00 am

We were like four hapless contestants on University Challenge. None of us knew the answer. But just like they do…

Palaces and alleyways: Stone Town

The wonders of Zanzibar’s Stone Town

17 October 2015 9:00 am

Mark Palmer explores the Spice Island’s historic heart

Bring back the bungalow!

17 October 2015 8:00 am

We’re not building the right houses for our ageing population

Mario Balotelli (Photo: Jamie McDonald/Getty)

I've loved football for decades. Now I dread the start of the season

8 August 2015 9:00 am

I’ve spent years defending football from middle-class disdain. But I can’t do it any more

Letter from Cuba: The tourists are coming – but don’t expect Walmart just yet

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Sloppy Joe’s — which starred in the film of Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana — was always likely to…

Churchill returns to Harrow, his alma mater, in 1960

Why you (maybe) shouldn't skip that reunion

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Going to an old boys’ gathering can be great fun and really rather cheering, says Mark Palmer

Discover the blissful peace of Laos

25 October 2014 9:00 am

Mark Palmer enjoys the blissful serenity of Luang Prabang

Great masters

6 September 2014 9:00 am

It only takes one excellent teacher to transform someone’s entire school career, says Mark Palmer

Why I'm proud to have an England flag on my Audi

14 June 2014 8:00 am

Let’s drop the cynicism and support Roy Hodgson’s England team

View of Antibes

My mother's passport to the Antibes good life

3 May 2014 9:00 am

My mother always said she wanted to ‘die tidy’. But I never imagined she would file everything away quite so…

Warning: upspeak can wreck your career

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Upspeak can damage your career prospects

Friends made at prep school - and kept for life - are worth paying for

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Mark Palmer on the friends he made at prep school – and kept for life

In defence of having no opinion

29 June 2013 9:00 am

‘Where do you stand on Syria?’ asked my stepson. Tricky one. Clearly, the Assad regime is loathsome and the West…

Rocamadour, in the Dordogne valley

Notes on…The Charm of the Dordogne

25 May 2013 9:00 am

It’s only 150 years since a toff was roasted in the remote Dordogne village of Hautefaye. The poor soul was…

Downhill for generations

17 November 2012 9:00 am

Mark Palmer finds a family legacy on the slopes

Holidays from hell

29 September 2012 9:00 am

On the horrors of lazy travel writing