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Taki: Should I just move to a cave in France?

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   Do any of you know what cisgender is? I just found out. Cisgender is a term that describes…

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Hell — and heaven – on the French Riviera

19 January 2019 9:00 am

We drove down from the hills to visit friends of friends with a house by the sea and on the…

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Despite me virtually sexting him, my blacksmith is ignoring me — just like all the others before him

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Splitting the atom is nothing compared to figuring out how to get hold of your farrier. Why is the farrier…

Edwulf, the ‘miracle horse’ on his way to winning the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown, 2018

In defence of the Cheltenham Festival

19 January 2019 9:00 am

‘Deer-stalking would be a very fine sport,’ W.S. Gilbert once observed, ‘if the deer had guns too.’ We who love…

Bridge

19 January 2019 9:00 am

2018 ended on a very sweet note for my team. We played the London Year End one-day teams tournament —…

Wine Club 19 January

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Well, I’m glad that’s over. Christmas and New Year’s Eve that is. What a ghastly palaver. It went on for…

Knockout

19 January 2019 9:00 am

The 2018 UK Knockout, won by Gawain Jones, ahead of Luke McShane (silver) and Michael Adams (bronze), was played in…

no. 537

19 January 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Jones-McShane, UK Knockout, London 2018. White’s next move was the start of a…

Unauthorised version

19 January 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3081 you were invited to supply a parable rewritten in the style of a well-known author. Like…

Stout and bubbly

19 January 2019 9:00 am

According to Brewer, a five-word phrase was used to describe a creature, but applies also to a three-word fictional character.…

solution

19 January 2019 9:00 am

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT   Unclued lights were names of GHOST STORIES by M.R. (MONTAGUE RHODES) JAMES: CASTING (1A) THE (29) RUNES…

Yes, the Brexit debate is robust – but UK politics is moderate, calm and civil

19 January 2019 9:00 am

There’s a scene in Lord of the Flies, William Golding’s masterpiece about the collapse of western civilisation, in which a…

The Battle for Britain

19 January 2019 9:00 am

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The TWaT revolution: office on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only

19 January 2019 9:00 am

I recently saw a series of photographs depicting a rural home in China. Pride of place in a grimly furnished…

Dear Mary: We have new friends but can’t bear to eat in their filthy kitchen. What to do?

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Q. I note that (Dear Mary, 12 January) you advised your correspondent, resentful of Christmas expenditure, to offer instead ‘mutual…

Forget Dry January – if there was ever a month to drink, this is it

19 January 2019 9:00 am

January really is the cruellest month. No wonder some fortunate friends have dodged the column of dreary weather and short…

What lies behind John Bercow’s use of the word ‘colleagues’?

19 January 2019 9:00 am

The parliamentary press gallery has in the past given a pair of silver shoe buckles to the Speaker as a…

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Why 1919 wasn’t the year it’s cracked up to be

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad The funny thing is that I was at school with a man called Ted Widmer, and I recently read…

I ended New Year’s Eve more sober than I started it

12 January 2019 9:00 am

We were eight for dinner on New Year’s Eve: four men and four women with a combined age, I would…

The Kafkaesque nightmare of cancelling my BT broadband

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Oh, I suppose I might as well give it a whirl, I thought, as the recorded voice began its dirge:…

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Why former prisoners make the best lawyers

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Kampala I am terrified of being with former death-row prisoner Susan Kigula. This is because she qualified for her driving…

Bridge

12 January 2019 9:00 am

For those of us who play rubber bridge at TGR’s, the New Year began with the very sad news that…

Three titans

12 January 2019 9:00 am

The Dutch grandmaster Genna Sosonko specialises in biographies of the greats of the Soviet era. His earlier forays covered the…

no. 536

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Botvinnik-Smyslov, World Championship, Moscow (Game 18) 1958. How could Smyslov have forced instant…

The ex factor

12 January 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3080 you were invited to supply an elegy on a piece of obsolete technology. Thanks to Paul…