High life

Why we should all tune in to Russia Today

25 March 2017 9:00 am

A cloudless sky, crunchy spring snow, longer, warmer days. I’ve finally got in some good skiing, twisting around moguls like…

The unhealthy consequences of good health

18 March 2017 9:00 am

At a chic dinner party last week, a friendly chow as big and black as a dog can be without…

Austerity has turned honest Greeks into criminals

11 March 2017 9:00 am

A lousy fortnight if ever there was one. Two great friends, Lord Belhaven and Stenton and Aleko Goulandris, had their…

How to ski like a man

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Gstaad Back in the good old days a funicular used to take skiers up, bucking all the way and stopping…

The wonder of Japan

25 February 2017 9:00 am

From my chalet high up above the village, I look up at the immense, glistening mountain range of the Alps,…

Did I lock up a princess? She says I did

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Gstaad One’s unpopularity on account of calling it a night diminishes in direct proportion to the severity of the next…

My advice to Trump: study President Nixon’s fall

11 February 2017 9:00 am

When I was young my recurring nightmare was that I would die and be reincarnated as a polo pony. I…

Goodbye, sweet first editor: remembering Alexander Chancellor

4 February 2017 9:00 am

When I saw an email from Lucy, the lady who has the unenviable task of editing my copy each week,…

Davos Man has already destroyed old Europe; next stop, the world

28 January 2017 9:00 am

 Gstaad The snows came tumbling down just as the camel-drivers headed back to the Gulf. In fact, they never saw…

Acts of heroism are wasted on Davos Man and generation snowflake

21 January 2017 9:00 am

 Athens I can only ask sardonically: was it worth it? Executed after unspeakable torture without giving anything away — and…

Give a gong to Farage, not a flatulent embarrassment like Victoria Beckham

14 January 2017 9:00 am

There are Dames and there are dames. Dame Vivien, an old friend, became one for her philanthropy. Dame Edna, the…

Love becomes hate in the twisted world of PC

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Gstaad  New Year’s Eve was a Rhapsody in Blue, with a clarinet glissando that promised joys to come, and the…

2016 has been my annus mirabilis

31 December 2016 9:00 am

What a great year this has been, what a good mood I’m in, why, it’s almost like being in love.…

Happiness is being a Mormon

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Here we go again, my 40th Christmas column in a row, and it seems only two weeks ago that I…

Are white nationalists about to take over the US? Not bloody likely

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Richard Spencer made the front page of the New York Times two days in a row last week, and earned…

Here’s what happened when I was mistaken for Donald Trump

26 November 2016 9:00 am

 New York   If only my wordsmith friend Jeremy Clarke had been with me. What fun he’d have had with…

What really won it for Donald Trump was the slogan Black Lives Matter

19 November 2016 9:00 am

New York   The only thing worse than a sore loser, I suppose, is a sore winner, but thank God…

This election was the politically correct vs the politically incorrect

12 November 2016 9:00 am

 New York Americans have been to the polls. Everything is over but the shouting — by the loser, that is:…

We need another Eisenhower to bring an end to the madness in the Middle East

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Sixty years ago this week all hell broke loose: Soviet tanks rumbled into Budapest and put down a nationalist uprising…

How London nearly killed me

29 October 2016 9:00 am

I was not on the winning side of the debate, despite giving it the old college try. Thank god for…

Hillary Clinton has it all wrong on crime

22 October 2016 9:00 am

New York  Antonio Cromartie is one of the numerous professional and amateur athletes in America who now refuse to stand…

It's a lovely season to be in Manhattan – and a lousy decade

15 October 2016 9:00 am

New York   This is a good time to be in Manhattan, the weather’s perfect, the park and foliage still…

America is about to get its first female president

8 October 2016 9:00 am

New York Back in the Big Bagel once again preparing for the greatest debate ever, one that will decide the…

Turning 80 is a disaster but it was a helluva party

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Although my birthday was in August, I chose the rather melancholy autumnal moment of September to celebrate it — mourn…

A lyrical lament for a disappearing world

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Sicily   Under the watchful eye of Mount Etna the storied past of the island lies parched and yellowish, but…