Life

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I love life – and girls – too much to act my age

17 November 2018 9:00 am

New York A little Austrian count was born to my daughter last week in Salzburg, early in the morning of…

French President Emmanuel Macron during a wreath laying ceremony in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on November 11, 2017 during the Armistice Day commemorations marking the end of the first world war

France’s second world war shame

17 November 2018 9:00 am

The monument to this French village’s war dead is a plain white stone block with the head of a grizzled…

Education, spiritual guidance and a good cappuccino: the new face of the NHS

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Left at the Dementia Café, right at the Sleep Office, past the Spiritual Care Centre… This was my journey through…

Bridge

17 November 2018 9:00 am

It’s no surprise that so many bridge players are computer programmers or systems analysts; it’s an ideal game for those…

Paradise mislaid

17 November 2018 9:00 am

World champion Magnus Carlsen missed several chances to win with black in the first game of his title defence, currently…

no. 532

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This is a variation from Carlsen–Caruana (Game 2), London 2018. White has forked the black bishop and…

We’re scamming

17 November 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3074 you were invited to submit a scam letter ghostwritten by a well-known author, living or dead.…

2385: R and R

17 November 2018 9:00 am

The theme is two historic people who were contemporaries. Unclued lights give their forenames, places of birth and death and…

to 2382: A pointed remark

17 November 2018 9:00 am

The quotation is 10/11/39. Remaining unclued lights are all daggers.  First prize G. Snailham, WindsorRunners-up Lynne Gilchrist, Willoughby, New South…

Free speech is officially dead in British universities

17 November 2018 9:00 am

When I first read about plans for a new academic periodical called The Journal of Controversial Ideas, I got the…

The Battle for Britain

17 November 2018 9:00 am

The All Blacks: world-class time-wasters

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Marvellous team, the All Blacks, of course. But they certainly know how to waste some time. Here are some things…

Dear Mary: How do I stop rabbits eating Mum’s graveside flowers?

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Q. A difficult couple of our acquaintance always object to other guests at dinner and can be very rude to…

It’s a Jewish homage to the Wolseley, and that is no bad thing: Tish reviewed

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Tish is a new grand café in Belsize Park, north London, but kosher. There are not really enough Jews to…

Collins dictionary has got ‘gammon’ all wrong

17 November 2018 9:00 am

In the annual dictionary wars to nominate words of the year, in the hope of attracting publicity, Collins has made…

The New York Times is leader of the pack in its anti-Trump agenda

Trump has driven the American media mad

10 November 2018 9:00 am

New York   An old-fashioned party is a gathering of friends invited by the host or hostess, who foots the…

Not skunk as we know it – smoking the stuff is bad news

The perils of smoking three-year-old Glaswegian skunk

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Three years ago we were given a bag of skunk, Catriona and I, provenance Glasgow. It was one gigantic dried…

The NHS at 70 has summoned me to its presense

The NHS is teaching me how to stand properly

10 November 2018 9:00 am

If you are wondering, any more than usual, how your tax is being spent, you should know that I have…

Luca Cumani, second from left, has announced his retirement from training

Why racing will miss Luca Cumani

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Fairy tales can happen. On Sunday the filly God Given won Italy’s only Group One race of the season, the…

Bridge

10 November 2018 9:00 am

This autumn has been the busiest (bridge-wise) I can remember. It started with the Crockfords final at the beginning of…

Wine Club 10 November

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Esme Johnstone, that crafty old fox at the helm of From Vineyards Direct, has been at it again. He slipped…

Nos morituri

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana, those two gladiators of the mind, will duel in London during the remainder of this…

no. 531

10 November 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Carlsen-Caruana, Bilbao 2012. Black has blundered right out of the opening. How did Carlsen…

Neo-gothic

10 November 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3073 you were invited to submit a short story in the Gothic style with a topical twist.…

2384: Bang!

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Unclued lights, singly or correctly paired, are of a kind, as given in Chambers. Ignore one apostrophe.   Across 5   …