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The four times I have lied in 42 years writing this column

14 March 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   As Emperor Maximilian told his convulsed-by-tears servants as he was about to be executed by the Mexicans: ‘Who…

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The travesties competing in the Terrier category at Crufts

14 March 2019 9:00 am

Does the BBC suppose that it will convert the public to a belief in equality if it does not, in…

From a solar-powered bin to HS2: the destruction of my childhood home

14 March 2019 9:00 am

My mother is a classy lady. I have always known this, but it still affected me in a way I…

Rich Ricci, former executive chairman of BetBright. Credit: Alan Crowhurst / Stringer

While some bookies behave admirably, the BetBright debacle is a disgrace

14 March 2019 9:00 am

Encountering a generous-hearted bookmaker is normally as rare an occurrence as finding a picture of the Duchess of Sussex without…

Bridge

14 March 2019 9:00 am

James Vogl excelled at poker and backgammon and thought, like many of us, that when he took up bridge about…

Wine Club 16 March

14 March 2019 9:00 am

My old chum Jason Yapp is never less than chipper. Indeed, his ebullience is boundless. In springtime, this innate effervescence…

Oxford win

14 March 2019 9:00 am

The annual Varsity Match between Oxford and Cambridge ended in a surprisingly narrow victory for the dark blues. Their team…

no. 545

14 March 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Finn-Abbas, Varsity Match 2019. A strategic puzzle rather than a tactical one. White has…

Climate change

14 March 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3089 you were invited to put your own spin on a weather forecast.   The seed for…

2399: Lines of work

14 March 2019 9:00 am

Eight unclued entries (two of two words, one hyphened) form a folk rhyme used as the basis for the first…

to 2396: Reader …,

14 March 2019 9:00 am

Unclued lights were husbands (40A) of Jane Austen’s heroines.  First prize Alison Hinder, Sholing, SouthamptonRunners-up Janet Dibley, Polegate, East Sussex;…

Why is it only privately educated women who get to lecture people about ‘oppression’?

14 March 2019 9:00 am

Scarcely a week passes without a privately educated young woman with a successful career in journalism publishing a book about…

The Battle for Britain

14 March 2019 9:00 am

Are IQ tests really the best way to measure nature vs nurture?

14 March 2019 9:00 am

I have a dim memory from 1970 of a primly dressed distant relative visiting in a Baby Austin. This, I…

Dear Mary: what’s the polite way to ascertain someone's gender?

14 March 2019 9:00 am

Q. When my mother was widowed ten years ago she decided to take in lodgers to pay the gardener’s bills…

Red meat and red wine: the ideal way to spend the first Sunday of Lent

14 March 2019 9:00 am

Life is far too important to be taken seriously. At least, that was the conclusion which we meandered towards as…

Why the OED says ‘coloured’ is offensive

14 March 2019 9:00 am

‘The term coloured, is an outdated, offensive and revealing choice of words,’ tweeted Diane Abbott last week in response to Amber…

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Watching my grandchildren schussing down a mountain is what makes me happy now

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   As everyone knows, the definition of serendipity is searching for a needle in a haystack, and instead finding…

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I hadn’t had a drink in six weeks but that was seven hours, three pubs and a club ago...

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Standing in a messy kitchen at the tendril tip of a county line at three o’clock in the morning, Trev…

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My life is like that new Netflix series Russian Doll – a series of recurring crises

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Russian Doll is a brilliant new Netflix drama in which a woman relives the same night over and over again.…

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For now, here in Laikipia we have the only population of black panthers in the world

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Laikipia   A female black panther was recently photographed at our neighbours’ place. Exactly like Kipling’s Bagheera, she was ‘inky…

Susanna Gross

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Geir Helgemo is the most revered bridge player in the world — and that isn’t about to change just because…

Bunratty

9 March 2019 9:00 am

The Bunratty tournament in Ireland is one of the highlights of the chess year and always attracts an impressive field.…

no. 544

9 March 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Hebden-Williams, Bunratty 2019. How did White finish in fine style? Answers to me…

Political noir

9 March 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3088 you were invited to submit a short story in the style of hard-boiled crime fiction set…