Are you a politically correct pervert?

20 October 2018 9:00 am

The rise of ethical decadence

How Blue Peter saved Britain

20 October 2018 9:00 am

Happy 60th birthday, Blue Peter

Durban Notebook: a nation in paralysis

20 October 2018 9:00 am

No one likes uncertainty and in Britain we’ve got more than our fair share. But spare a thought for South…

Tricks of the trade…

Notes on Davenports Magic Shop, an emporium for serious conjurors

20 October 2018 9:00 am

It’s a very fitting place for a magic shop. Hidden away in the maze of pedestrian tunnels that lead from…

Death of a dissident: Saudi Arabia and the rise of the mobster state

13 October 2018 9:00 am

The fate of Jamal Khashoggi reveals the darkest side of Saudi politics

As Assad recovers, Syria is returning to stability

13 October 2018 9:00 am

In order to avoid the Labour conference and yet more predictable media attacks on Jeremy Corbyn, I escaped late last…

How the Irish see Brexit

13 October 2018 9:00 am

What the Irish really think about Brexit

In defence of Pret

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Food allergies are a minefield for all

Requiem for the Common Entrance Exam

13 October 2018 9:00 am

A lament for eccentric exam questions

Thanks to Trump, the exclamation mark is having its best year! Ever!

13 October 2018 9:00 am

The exclamation mark is the bad boy of punctuation

Home is where the bar is

Break out the daiquiris, home bars are back in vogue

13 October 2018 9:00 am

When I mention to people that I have written a book about home bars, the most common response is, ‘my…

Kenya’s amazing coast is back on the tourist map

13 October 2018 9:00 am

‘Watamu is my favourite place in the world,’ my friend declared when I told her where I was going for…

Walking around Florence at dawn is hard to beat

13 October 2018 9:00 am

The world beats a path to Florence – just get up early to enjoy its riches, says Michael Henderson

The elegant streets of old Riga

Bustling, buoyant Riga is a Baltic bright spot

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Riga is bustling and buoyant but wary of Russian sabre-rattling, says William Cook

The imposing Isalo wilderness

The fierce, barren beauty of central Madagascar

13 October 2018 9:00 am

John Gimlette finds a fierce beauty in south-central Madagascar

Trans rights have gone wrong

6 October 2018 9:00 am

There is no room for dissent from the new orthodoxy

How parents are being shut out of the transgender debate

6 October 2018 9:00 am

That’s the official guidance to teachers of ‘trans children’

The joys of ‘Neglexit’: not being governed has its good points

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Not being governed has its good points

Jean-Luc Mélenchon isn't the future of socialism, he's an irrelevance

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Corbyn’s new ally Jean-Luc Mélenchon has zero chance of becoming president

A Greek tragedy: how the EU is destroying a country

6 October 2018 9:00 am

The country is being slowly destroyed by the EU’s intransigence

These otherworldly birds stopped breeding in Britain centuries ago. Now they’re back

6 October 2018 9:00 am

The RSPB regularly gets calls from people who have seen ‘a funny bird’. ‘It’s got a red head and it’s…

Mountain spa: Plombières-les-Bains

Discovering Thomas Mann by motorbike

6 October 2018 9:00 am

In Thomas Mann’s astonishing novel The Magic Mountain the indolent young Hans Castorp visits his brave, terminally ill soldier cousin…

Piedmontese cows are used by Avocet to produce methane for fuel, and meat for food

2018 finalists lunch – Scotland and Northern Ireland

5 October 2018 12:35 pm

In days past, Scotland and Northern Ireland were shipbuilding titans, with Glasgow overseeing the launch of cruise liners like the…

Children playing Warwick Music plastic instruments

2018 finalists lunch – Midlands

3 October 2018 11:43 am

Today we’re in the baronial setting of Hampton Manor Hotel in Warwickshire — a long iron shot from Birmingham Airport,…

All by herself: Theresa May and the politics of isolation

29 September 2018 9:00 am

Theresa May now finds herself horribly isolated