Notebook

The ‘sexist’ Archers storyline that makes me ashamed to be a feminist

29 April 2017 9:00 am

I’m an unashamed Archers fan. But for the first time in 50 years I’m exasperated by the storyline. A fortnight…

North Korea’s idea of Britain? David Beckham and The Queen

22 April 2017 9:00 am

When I arrived in Seoul, I joked to my editor that I hoped this was not going to be like…

I love having my name on The Spectator cover... even for a scornful review

1 April 2017 9:00 am

It is delightful to be writing for a magazine I’ve read, man and boy, since I was 15. Such is…

Israel’s now the land of ‘Trumpportunity’ — but who for?

18 March 2017 9:00 am

On the Israeli side of the Syrian border, near al-Quneitra, you can watch the war. From my vantage point on…

How Malcolm Turnbull went from ‘it’ boy to nowhere man

11 March 2017 9:00 am

The other day, I went to a boozy barbecue near Sydney’s northern beaches. The guests were all political mates of…

Indians are getting post-truth history about Winston Churchill

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Did Winston Churchill, like Donald Trump, also like to ‘grab them by the pussy?’ Last week at the Jaipur Literary…

Nigel Farage's groupies party in DC

28 January 2017 9:00 am

On Wednesday afternoon I went to the British embassy in Washington for ‘a tea and champagne reception’ to mark the…

What can Nigel Farage be planning to wreck in 2017?

10 December 2016 9:00 am

One remark from the Christmas party season knocks insistently around my head. It came from Nigel Farage on a staircase…

I'm not Chancellor, so I don't have 2,056 cards to sign. What do I do now?

10 December 2016 9:00 am

One thing I won’t miss about No. 11 Downing Street are the Christmas cards: 2,056 Christmas cards to be exact. That…

My garden is not ‘neglected’. It’s a wildlife habitat

10 December 2016 9:00 am

The morning is cold and dark but the orchard is thronged with birds. Moorhens dash from one side to the…

A quick drink with The Most Seen Human Who Has Ever Lived

10 December 2016 9:00 am

I was drinking in the bar of Manhattan’s Nomad Hotel when in snuck The Most Seen Human Ever To Have…

It’s weird when your friend becomes leader of the free world

10 December 2016 9:00 am

It’s weird being friends with someone who suddenly becomes President of the United States, not least for the reflected glory…

Evgeny Lebedev: Organising my theatre awards makes Brexit look easy

19 November 2016 9:00 am

The new government seems to be struggling with the logistical intricacies of removing Britain from the European Union. I can…

The Bomb, my film, and what really scares Japan today

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Tokyo is visual chaos everywhere, the antithesis of the Japanese interior. It is a multilevel jumble of overpasses, neon signs,…

John R. MacArthur’s New York Notebook: the big Trump and Clinton show

1 October 2016 9:00 am

The first presidential debate was a disappointment. Half an hour into the big Trump-Clinton show on Long Island, many among…

Britain must end its support for the barbaric Saudi bombing of Yemen

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Most nights Saudi bombers fly low over the Yemeni capital of Sanaa dealing out random destruction. High up in the…

Italy never learns from its earthquakes – so how about a plague of rats?

3 September 2016 9:00 am

 Lido di Dante, Ravenna When the earthquake struck in the dead of night at 3.36 a.m. — the Devil’s Hour…

Russia killed Olympic amateurism. Now it might kill anti-doping

13 August 2016 9:00 am

How strange it is to be watching the Olympic Games on television. No wonder people have such rum ideas of…

Munich: Germany’s best face

6 August 2016 9:00 am

It has been a strange week in Munich; a week of deceptively cool mornings, afternoons hot enough to fry eggs…

The spying game: England’s security paranoia at Euro 16

11 June 2016 9:00 am

In the few days I’ve spent in Paris, I’d say the terror alert level is fluctuating between a little antsy,…

Facebook has a special vomiting emoji for the corrupt leaders of Brazil

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Ipanema, Brazil Another Sunday night, yet another episode of Game of Thrones drowned out by pot-banging and angry folk yelling…

Cotton Belt Notebook

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Clarksdale, Mississippi, where Highway 61 crosses 49 and Robert Johnson met the Devil, who taught him the secret of the…

The gilded prisons of America’s elderly rich

12 March 2016 9:00 am

I have been driving many hundreds of miles across America, interviewing Vietnam veterans for a book. Though I have been…

Aleppo Notebook: the city’s terrorist besiegers will now be besieged

13 February 2016 9:00 am

I had been trying to get to Aleppo for ages, but was unable to do so because rebel activity had…

Ernest Shackleton and other South Georgia ghosts

30 January 2016 9:00 am

The terrible news that Henry Worsley had died just 30 miles short of crossing the Antarctic continent unsupported reached me…