Taki

Taki Theodoracopulos has written The Spectator's High Life column since 1977.

It’ll be me vs Jean-Claude Juncker at the Judo World Championships

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Gstaad Jeremy Clarke has wiped me out again, for a change. His accounts of the high jinks on board the…

Was Maria a virgin, a prude or a woman who liked to torture?

19 September 2015 8:00 am

 Gstaad Last week I dreamt of a girl I met in the summer of 1953, in Greece. I had never…

Serena Williams is an all-time great – but is it wrong not to declare her the greatest?

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Serena Williams, according to some commentators the greatest woman who has ever graced this earth of ours, will complete the…

Before cruises there were crossings – the good old days!

5 September 2015 9:00 am

 On board MS Queen Victoria   They remain engraved on my brain, like something out of a Greek tragedy, so…

The unspiritual life is in sad decline (except on Michael Chandris's yacht)

29 August 2015 9:00 am

According to Somerset Maugham, in material terms one must live on the razor edge between poverty and minimal subsistence in…

Outdoor piano bars can be dangerous things — especially when one is under the influence

22 August 2015 9:00 am

These are the languid, sensuous days of summer, and I’ve had another birthday, which is the bad news. But it’s…

Mykonos has turned into hell (I still blame Jackie Kennedy)

15 August 2015 9:00 am

The wind is maddening and constant, and gets stronger as the sun falls below the horizon. The streets are lined…

What Greece needs is less Europe and more entrepreneurship

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Nestled under the Acropolis, snug and safe among the ancient ruins of a long-ago grandeur, Plaka is the only remaining…

Manners matter, even at an orgy

1 August 2015 9:00 am

We all agree that a world without manners would make this a pretty grim place to live. Offensive informality is…

The Greece I once knew is now just a myth

25 July 2015 9:00 am

I think back to my Greek childhood and longing for the once cosiest and most romantic of cities overwhelms me.…

Let’s read the riot act to the kleptocrats who are buying us out

18 July 2015 9:00 am

I have signed an affidavit for a hearing in the High Court stating that Janan Harb was, to my knowledge,…

Our readers’ tea party

The staff of The Spectator are straight out of a painting by Norman Rockwell

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Wow, what a week. London may be bad for one’s health, but it sure makes it fun on the way…

My big embarrassing Greek royal wedding

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Tempus sure fugit, and how. Twenty years ago, on Saturday 1 July 1995, monarchs from around the world descended on…

Me, Jeremy Clarke and a bottle of absinthe

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Last Wednesday, 24 June, Pugs held a luncheon in honour of our first member to depart for the Elysian Fields,…

The subject of immigration has become a means of entrapment

20 June 2015 9:00 am

When I founded the American Conservative 13 years ago — the purpose being to shine a light on the neocon…

Putting Greece on a sound footing is like cleaning out the Augean Stables

13 June 2015 9:00 am

There’s nothing to add to Martin Vander Weyer’s item about Hellas of two weeks ago in these here pages except…

Take it from Taki — Hillary Clinton will be the next US president

6 June 2015 9:00 am

The last week in Gotham was exceptional fun. I saw a Broadway play, Finding Neverland, compliments of the producer, my…

Taki, the greatest literary critic of our time, picks Fitzgerald’s greatest novel

30 May 2015 9:00 am

An operation on my hand after a karate injury has had me reading more than usual. I even attempted Don…

I once tried to buy coke from the head of Manhattan detectives

23 May 2015 9:00 am

This is as good as it gets. A light rain is falling on a soft May evening and I’m walking…

Take it from Taki: this could be the start of something really big

16 May 2015 9:00 am

OK. Magnanimity in victory is a sine qua non among civilised men and women, so let me not be the…

I’d move to Kosovo if Ed Miliband became prime minister

9 May 2015 9:00 am

If any of you sees Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair, walking around with a begging bowl in his…

RIP, Time magazine

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Talk about how the mighty have fallen. Time magazine was for the better part of the 20th century the model…

Neither London nor New York will be livable in ten years’ time

25 April 2015 9:00 am

A recent column in the FT made me mad as hell. The writer, Simon Kuper, calls Vienna a backwater, which…

The lost talk of old Noo Yawk

18 April 2015 9:00 am

New York ‘Gimme a BLT on rye and hold da mayo’ is a great Noo Yawk sound. So is boid…

For the first time in my life I felt like a rock star

11 April 2015 9:00 am

Ah, spring! The spring of our frostbitten age. At the Polish Club in London, a wonderful place studded with portraits…