High life

Where’s Ayn Rand when you need her?

24 June 2017 9:00 am

A famous epigrammatic nugget of wisdom appears in The Leopard, Lampedusa’s great novel about a noble Sicilian family’s fortunes: ‘If…

Thank God for the DUP

17 June 2017 9:00 am

I was busy explaining to a 23-year-old American girl by the name of Jennifer why the election result was not…

It’s my final week in the Bagel — and I’m giving it my all

10 June 2017 9:00 am

New York   Main Street is a place, but it’s mostly an idea. It’s where locally owned shops sell stuff…

Why I’ve had it with Donald Trump

3 June 2017 9:00 am

I feel like an obituary writer, what with Nick Scott, Roger Moore, Alistair Horne — all great buddies — and…

My dinner with CIA spooks

27 May 2017 9:00 am

New York Although both guilt and innocence fascinate me, I’m not so sure that there is such a thing as…

Journalists have a lot to answer for

20 May 2017 9:00 am

At a chic dinner party last week, a Trump insider gossiped about an American president having had an affair with…

Anna Wintour’s freak show diminishes a great institution

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Much like the poor, the charity ball has always been with us, but lately it’s turned into a freak. Something…

Remembering Nick Scott: artist and clubman par excellence

6 May 2017 9:00 am

I’m sitting in my office and the place is still. The rest of the house is dark. Everyone’s out and…

Tales from the heyday of Studio 54

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Twenty-five years ago this week, Los Angeles was burning because of Rodney King’s beating at the hands of the fuzz,…

This is Brexit, Part II - God ordained the first one

22 April 2017 9:00 am

If any more proof were needed that Brexit is the best thing to happen to Britain since 1066 and all…

The man who destroyed New York

15 April 2017 9:00 am

Things that I once loved — Fifth Avenue & 57th Street, brownstone terraces on hot summer afternoons, cold beer and…

Pamela Harriman and the grandes horizontales

8 April 2017 9:00 am

New York   I’d gladly exchange waistlines with him if he’d teach me to cut a phrase the way he…

Why Teen Vogue should stick to lip gloss

1 April 2017 9:00 am

 Gstaad It’s my last week in the Alps, and the snow is gone, replaced by brilliant sunshine. Silence reigns, broken…

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…