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My present abode is one of the great deco houses left intact in the Bagel

9 November 2019 9:00 am

New York   What follows will bore the pants off you, but at least it beats another piece on Brexit.…

My image of the young Jeremy Corbyn is not a flattering one

9 November 2019 9:00 am

I found the stone and the key underneath and let myself into the cottage — brr! I immediately made a…

Who will take the threat to horses from fireworks seriously?

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Remember remember the 5th of November, when Britain’s most controversial pub chain stages a massive firework display in the middle…

The best thing about autumn is the return of jumping

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Never mind Keats’s mists and mellow fruitfulness, or even that glorious autumnal odour of wet dog — a regular accompaniment…

Bridge

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Erikas Vainikonis and his father Vytas are terrific bridge players and have supported the game very generously. Their brilliant new…

Wine Club 9 November

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Those naughty Yapp Brothers (actually, proprietors Jason Yapp and Tom Ashworth are naughty stepbrothers) are well known for preying upon…

Bronze in Batumi

9 November 2019 9:00 am

The hammering downpour before the last round in Batumi was, in retrospect, a precious omen. After all, England’s medal drought…

no. 579

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. Erwin l’Ami–Luke McShane, Batumi, 2019. The pawn on e6 looks powerful, but White’s king is more vulnerable…

Station to station

9 November 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3123 you were invited to submit a poem that begins ‘By Waterloo Station I sat down and…

2433: House and garden

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Across unclued lights (one of two words) combine with down ones to suggest the surnames of four famous English painters;…

to 2430: Petite traveller

9 November 2019 9:00 am

On 19 October John le Carré turned eighty-eight (hinted at by TWO FAT LADIES (19/26/20)). His real forenames are DAVID…

40 years on, Life of Brian has made the world a darker place

9 November 2019 9:00 am

I went to the Battle of Ideas at the Barbican last weekend, a free speech festival organised by the Brexit…

The Battle for Britain

9 November 2019 9:00 am

How veganism became mainstream

9 November 2019 9:00 am

I have just returned from Canada, which seems to share Britain’s new-found obsession with veganism. There, chains such as Burger…

Dear Mary: how can I stop my dad treating my mum like a slave?

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Q. Dad takes an old-fashioned approach to marriage: I have never seen him clear his plate and he does not…

The delights of Spanish wine – and art

9 November 2019 9:00 am

First, an apology. In my last column, I appeared to be saying that good champagne does not age. This must…

What’s the different between ‘while’ and ‘whilst’?

9 November 2019 9:00 am

‘Why is whilst only ever used in letters?’ asked my husband, casting aside an argumentative letter from his sister written…

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Alcohol is the perfect cure for deafness

2 November 2019 9:00 am

New York   A busy ten days, or nights rather, with some heroic drinking thrown in for good measure. Hangovers…

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My journey to the heart of prehistoric England

2 November 2019 9:00 am

‘Can I get a taxi around here?’ The man standing behind the counter of the convenience store looked at the…

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I’m getting another horse — but it’s not for me

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Sitting on the train to Surrey, I was halfway home and texted the builder boyfriend to say when I would…

Tiny Rowland, 1991 [Business Collection/Shutterstock]

The man with the inside story on Tiny Rowland

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Kenya   At his house on Kenya’s coast our neighbour Paul Spicer kept a photograph of himself as quite a…

Bridge

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Peter Fredin may not be the best bridge player in the world, but he gets my vote for the most…

Wine Club 2 November

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Our second offer from Naked Wines, the iconoclastic online merchant that funds selected winemakers via so-called angels — wine lovers…

Seizing the moment

2 November 2019 9:00 am

‘If the ball came loose from the back of the scrum, which it won’t of course…,’ said Boris, about his…

no. 578

2 November 2019 9:00 am

White to play. Dahl-Kolbus; Isle of Man, 2019. In this game between two Manx players, White had promoted a pawn…