Notebook

BBC's Nick Robinson: why I said sorry for my 'Muslim appearance' remark

1 June 2013 9:00 am

It was my first taste of free love — for the brain. A first visit to what Bill Clinton dubbed the…

Geoffrey Wheatcroft’s diary: Peter King, terror hypocrite, and the joys of Longhorns

11 May 2013 9:00 am

As we landed at Houston, I suddenly thought of my first visit to America, in 1965 during what we didn’t…

Don’t believe the hype: the French still live better than Americans

4 May 2013 9:00 am

In recent months I’ve read at least ten articles about French malaise — all of it apparently due to some…

Pippa Middleton's Alpine diary

6 April 2013 9:00 am

I thought the Haute Route was going to be easier than the Engadin, the cross-country ski marathon I recently completed…

The boat race protester’s prison notebook

30 March 2013 9:00 am

If the weather had been this foul at the time of the last Oxford-Cambridge boat race, I might not have…

‘I was detained as a potential suicide bomber’

23 March 2013 9:00 am

To the Lahore Literary Festival. As I cross the border from India, Pakistan is experiencing an unprecedented wave of sectarian…

The Queen, the Commonwealth and the electric heater

16 March 2013 9:00 am

Since many people are barely aware of its existence, I was pleased to see Commonwealth Day enjoying a splash of…

The staircase too scary for Bruce Willis, and other Oscar party stories

2 March 2013 9:00 am

From a wedding to an awards ceremony, no self-respecting Los Angeles beano can take place without endless fixtures around the…

Giles Coren eats fried seal loin with Eva Avila

16 February 2013 9:00 am

A notebook from Canada

Dubai Notebook

9 February 2013 9:00 am

François Hollande rolled into town for the World Future Energy Summit here recently, but hardly anyone noticed. There is little enthusiasm for his…

Israel Notebook

26 January 2013 9:00 am

Friday night in Jaffa, and it’s a party. Jaffa, to the south of Tel Aviv, is where the cool kids…

Letter from the Foodbank

19 January 2013 9:00 am

It’s our foodbank’s first winter. We started collecting food and giving it to people who haven’t got any in August.…

Sorry I'm late

Newborn Notebook

5 January 2013 9:00 am

Looking back, it’s baffling that someone like me — a lover of pleasure and loather of pain, a woman who…

Notebook

15 December 2012 9:00 am

For obvious reasons, people are always looking for a nicer word for right-wing. For a while, they tried ‘free-market’ —…

Christmas Notebook

15 December 2012 9:00 am

I used to spend a small part of every Christmas season worrying that perhaps that year, the particular year in…

American Notebook

15 December 2012 9:00 am

I bumped into Steve Martin dining with Eric Idle at a Beverly Hills boîte, as one does. ‘I really enjoy…

A letter from Turkey

15 December 2012 9:00 am

My Turkish never having got beyond intermediate, I always have the same conversation with taxi drivers. ‘Where are you from?’…

Vegas Notebook

8 December 2012 9:00 am

There are many weird things about Las Vegas, from the truck that drives around offering ‘Hot Babes Direct To You’…

Somerset Notebook

10 November 2012 9:00 am

When we looked out of the window last Sunday morning to see thick snow blotting out the Mendip hills above…

London Notebook

3 November 2012 9:00 am

What is a real woman? My difficult client, the Australian gigastar Dame Edna Everage, is seriously miffed at BBC’s cancellation…

Catalonia Notebook

6 October 2012 9:00 am

We sang a hymn called ‘Poble en Marxa’ at the beginning of Mass in the working-class parish of Sant Blai.…

Japan Notebook

Japan Notebook

29 September 2012 9:00 am

Some time around the middle of the last decade, Japan’s population began to shrink. The disappearing act has continued unabated:…

Mexico notebook

15 September 2012 9:00 am

Four a.m. Something was triggering the motion-sensor on the outside light. One minute, darkness, the next, a window-full of flailing…

Edinburgh notebook

25 August 2012 6:00 am

One of the rites of passage for a comedian is walking through the rain at the Edinburgh Fringe, looking down…

Hay Notebook

16 June 2012 6:00 am

The first Saturday of the Hay Festival is always a bit like the first day of term — bumping into…