Life

The TV show that rots young minds

7 December 2019 9:00 am

How can I phrase it without sounding pompous? When very talented people dine together, it sometimes turns into a contest…

Hell is an expat dinner party

7 December 2019 9:00 am

I just don’t understand it. Emigrating from Britain to France is a big step. Shifting from one culture to another…

I’ve practically solved the crime myself but still the police won’t help

7 December 2019 9:00 am

‘Thank you for calling Surrey Police. We want to help you with your inquiry as quickly as possible. Did you…

The election won’t bring any joy to the racing community – whatever the outcome

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Whatever the outcome of the election on 12 December, it is unlikely to bring joy to the racing community. Conservatives…

Bridge

7 December 2019 9:00 am

As 2019 draws to a close, it is time to review the year’s achievements and disappointments. My team’s highest achievement…

Wine Club 7 December

7 December 2019 9:00 am

We’ve Christmas firmly in our sights this week. I’ve written many times here and elsewhere about suffering from that debilitating…

The Saric Supremacy

7 December 2019 9:00 am

There is a gritty fight scene in The Bourne Supremacy, in which Jason Bourne (played by Matt Damon) faces down…

no. 583

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. This is a variation from McShane–Van Foreest, Bundesliga, November 2019. I avoided this position, and the game…

Brow lines

7 December 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3127 you were invited to submit Shakespeare’s newly discovered ‘Woeful ballad to his mistress’ eyebrows’, as referred…

2437: Sketchy

7 December 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights (two of two words, one of which includes an apostrophe) are of a kind. Where alternative final…

to 2434: eat it!

7 December 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights, including the pair at 35/28, are CAKES.  First prize John Maynard, Motcombe, DorsetRunners-up Tony Mouzer, Birmingham; Michael…

Must try harder: Labour wants to reverse a decade of progress in education

7 December 2019 9:00 am

If education rather than Brexit or the NHS was the biggest issue in this election campaign, the Tories would be…

The Battle for Britain

7 December 2019 9:00 am

This year’s top gadgets – according to my inner chimp

7 December 2019 9:00 am

I’d hoped to spend this week writing about my new Geberit Japanese-style toilet, but since the grout is not yet…

Dear Mary: Why does my feminist friend always expect me to pay for dinner?

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Q. One of my very best female friends has got into the habit of lecturing me on gender equality, in…

Politics of a certain vintage – and wine to match

7 December 2019 9:00 am

I wonder how they do things now at Tory headquarters. For the ’79 election, the preparations had been completed weeks…

What exactly is a narwhal?

7 December 2019 9:00 am

A point that many people mentioned amid the horror and heroism of the attack at London Bridge was the enterprising…

Prince Andrew and me

30 November 2019 9:00 am

No use piling on where Prince Andrew is concerned. It’s a sorry business, and he’s not among the brightest either.…

When Brexiter meets Catalexiter

30 November 2019 9:00 am

After the hostel breakfast, I stood on the tropical grass lawn smoking the first fag of the day and mulled…

I’ve finally found out the truth about my horse-riding nemesis

30 November 2019 9:00 am

She was a trade union activist, she told me. She wanted a second referendum. Well, they all do. I’m starting…

Bridge

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Nothing is ever routine or boring when Alex Hydes is at the table. One of England’s best players, he’s a…

A good year for Carlsen

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Magnus Carlsen is the star attraction at this year’s London Chess Classic. The festival, now in its 11th edition, runs…

no. 582

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. Zelcic–Melkumyan, Tournament of Peace, November 2019. Melkumyan enjoys a big endgame advantage, and he found a cute…

What’s in a name?

30 November 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3126 you were invited to rearrange the letters of the names of poets (e.g. Basho: ‘has B.O.’)…

2436: The Devil’s Own

30 November 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights, including one of two words, comprise two adjectives and six  nouns. All share a common origin and…