Life

An audience with the Pope

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Perception and reality, truth and falsehood, black and white; nowadays the salivating chattering classes don’t know their arse from a…

A foretaste of Frexit

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Moving day. The contents of a hillside shack to be moved four miles to a cave house perched high on…

Why my lodger has to be a girl

22 September 2018 9:00 am

The little lodger is moving in. I chose her after an exhaustive search of twentysomethings looking for accommodation, during which…

Bridge

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Around this time each September, I get to say, ‘I’m off to Tangier for a few days to play high-stakes…

Interregnum

22 September 2018 9:00 am

The only official interregnum in the reigns of the world chess champions was that between the death of Alekhine in…

no. 524

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Gurgenidze-Tal, Moscow 1957. What is the most direct way to break into the…

Wine Club 22 September

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Everyone loves the wines of Louis Latour and I’m delighted to offer such a tasty selection of them here, particularly…

This sporting life

22 September 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3066 you were invited to submit an ode to a piece of sporting equipment. There is a…

2377: In order

22 September 2018 9:00 am

The dozen unclued lights can be arranged in a specific sequence when preceded by or followed by their sequence indicators…

to 2374: Watch your step

22 September 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights are DANCES. First prize K.J. Williams, Kings Worthy, Winchester. Runners-up Bridget Workman, Purley;C.S.G Elengorn, Enfield.

It’s as I suspected – my defects can’t be cured

22 September 2018 9:00 am

I’ve just finished making a one-hour documentary about character for Radio 4 that’s due to be broadcast on Saturday at…

The battle for Britain

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Is there a limit to what the human body can do?

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Has the world gone mad? There’s Beauden Barrett, the world’s best stand-off, and rugby player of the year seemingly by…

Dear Mary: Our insufferable children are rounding on our eightysomething neighbour

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Q. A neighbour, a wonderful old friend in his late eighties, is a marvellous raconteur. As a family we have…

It is essentially a crap Le Gavroche, and that is not an insult: Roux at Parliament Square reviewed

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Politicians are having a terrible time of late, along with the rest of us — it’s not much fun watching…

Why ‘whiter than white’shouldn’t get you suspended

22 September 2018 9:00 am

A detective superintendent has been placed on ‘restricted duties’ while the Independent Office for Police Conduct investigates a complaint that…

The white DJ: permissible only in Palm Beach, Biarritz or on the Riviera

My faux pas at the Duke of Beaufort’s bash

15 September 2018 9:00 am

A letter from a reader in South Africa mentions that the writer’s father insisted a white dinner jacket was permissible…

Back from the brink

15 September 2018 9:00 am

The long table was set out under four beautifully pollarded plane trees festooned with coloured lanterns and red balloons. Twenty…

I was hounded by a canine sex pest

15 September 2018 9:00 am

A big part of my problem is that I don’t understand why people do the things they do. I was…

Mark Johnston with Poets Society

Always trying: Britain’s most successful – and argumentative – trainer

15 September 2018 9:00 am

An American trainer was once asked to name the greatest quality of the legendary jockey Willie Shoemaker. He replied: ‘The…

Bridge

15 September 2018 9:00 am

I think my regular reader(s) would agree that I have been rather low-key about my bridge abilities of late. Defence…

Caruana chronicles

15 September 2018 9:00 am

In the run-up to the Carlsen-Caruana World Championship match set for London in November, I will be previewing their prospects.…

no. 523

15 September 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Potkin-Caruana, Dagomys 2010. How did Caruana finish off with a flourish? Answers to…

All’s well that ends well

15 September 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3065 you were invited to supply a happy ending for a well-known play, poem or novel.  …

2376: Somewhere XI

15 September 2018 9:00 am

On 15 September somewhere bordered by 31 and 5, and whose capital is 40/10 (ignore an accent), celebrates its 43…