Notebook

How I’d sex down the weather forecast

16 December 2017 9:00 am

I have, for utterly explicable reasons, not been asked to guest-edit Radio 4’s Today this Christmas. Had I, though, I would…

I’m teaching my kids about money – by searching for buried treasure

16 December 2017 9:00 am

At the end of each year I pull out most of the New Year’s resolutions I’ve ever made — I…

We all suffer ‘old age’ ailments – that doesn’t mean we all need a scan

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Memory, neuroscientists tell us, is fallible. It is a dynamic process whereby each time we remember something, it will be…

Prue Leith: Everyone’s waiting for me to make another Bake Off gaffe

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Edinburgh is a peach of a city, is it not? Last week, I walked up to the castle on a…

If China backs Trump on North Korea he won’t like the quid pro quo

11 November 2017 9:00 am

The first election day since Donald Trump was elected president a year ago brought a funereal mood to Washington that…

Netanyahu’s triumph means a one-state Israel must soon choose democracy – or apartheid

4 November 2017 9:00 am

There are many reasons political journalists get so many things so badly wrong. One is our tendency to overvalue liberal…

Notes from the birthplace of Europe

28 October 2017 9:00 am

I have come to Greece in search of sanity over Brexit. Ostensibly it is a symposium to discuss relations between…

Prue Leith: I’m on a Bake Off ego trip, so I’m planning a cookbook

7 October 2017 9:00 am

To Skibo Castle for a four-day wedding, a dream of super-luxury and great good fun. I was struck by how…

Armando Iannucci’s Notebook: no, my film about Stalin is not about Trump

30 September 2017 9:00 am

I’m currently dwelling on past times. I have a film coming out based on the crazy events that took place…

Henry Blofeld: Why I'm enjoying my long goodbye

23 September 2017 9:00 am

This retiring is a hectic business. When I said in June that it was going to be my last year…

It’s time to choose between alcohol or my marriage

22 July 2017 9:00 am

When my husband and I arrived in our adored Amsterdam on a sun-drenched schoolday afternoon — less than an hour…

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 is now the land of ‘Trumpportunity’

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,…