The first railway line in Spain, from Barcelona to Mataro a few miles up the coast towards the French border,…
In his biography of Gaudí, published in 2001, Gijs van Hensbergen opined that ‘we should never try to finish the…
Remembering Alexander Chancellor, the man who revitalised The Spectator
Looking at the programme for the feria of San Isidro in Madrid this month (bullfights are being held on 31…
The British overseas territory of Gibraltar, or, as some would have it, the wart on the bottom of the Iberian…
I go to about half a dozen operas a year, mainly by 19th-century Italian and French composers, plus some Mozart,…
In these days of growing concern at the methods of factory farming and the welfare of the animals which are raised and killed for our consumption, it is instructive to compare the life of domestic beef cattle with that of a Spanish fighting bull.
The 22nd Earl of Erroll, Military Secretary in Kenya in the early part of the second world war, was described by two of his fellow peers of the realm as ‘a stoat — one of the great pouncers of all time’ and ‘a dreadful shit who really needed killing’.
Few tourists see the buildings, birds and flowers of Leon and Burgos, says Simon Courtauld
Simon Courtauld pays homage to one of the world’s great sights
Simon Courtauld visits a battle-scarred memorial to the Spanish civil war
Ian Gilmour, the former Spectator editor, who died last week
56 Doughty Street is a monument to the magazine’s history
My grandfather used to enjoy eating ortolans in Biarritz
There won’t be any wild turkeys eaten in Britain this Christmas.
In my early days as editor of the Field, I read an article submitted by one of the magazine’s venerable hunting correspondents
‘The partridge is the one bird I don’t touch’
The red grouse is a resilient little bird
The Countryside Alliance, through its Game-to-Eat campaign, has been doing some good work in promoting venison.
Much of the frozen chicken and duck meat brought into this country comes from the Far East
There never seems to be any shortage of pigeons.
Peter and friends
How much more do we need to know about Sir Wilfred Thesiger? Alexander Maitland, his literary executor and friend for…