High life

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…

My prescription for a perfect Olympics

17 September 2016 9:00 am

I’m jittery and fragile but free of plaster and in the dojo, slowly turning lean and muscular. Never listen to…

Who needs Pravda when you have the New York Times?

10 September 2016 9:00 am

I have a question for you, dear readers: is it me, or is there no newspaper or network in America…

How I made my way to Grub Street — with little help from Nigel Dempster

3 September 2016 9:00 am

Just about this time of year, 42 years ago, Dunhill’s of London, the famed tobacconist, had a bold idea. Its…

My newest crush is Morgan Lake – the perfect combination of grace, youth and beauty

27 August 2016 9:00 am

OK sports fans, the Games are over, Uncle Sam and Britain hit pay dirt, and the prettiest girl of the…

A friend’s philanthropy put me in mind of my dad

20 August 2016 9:00 am

An item in an American newspaper had me thinking of my father all last week. Old dad died 27 years…

Don’t tell me affluence and liberty are the scourge of the West

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Gstaad   ‘He flies through the air with the greatest of ease, that daring young man on the flying trapeze.’…

Baldies, Brexit and Boris

6 August 2016 9:00 am

Gstaad   What is it with these baldies? I turned on the television last week and watched as the identical…

A charity that stands out in an age of philanthropic overkill

30 July 2016 9:00 am

Rosa Monckton is married to my old editor Dominic Lawson and they have two girls. Rosa was a close friend…

La France as I knew her n’existe plus

23 July 2016 9:00 am

From my bedroom window I can see a little girl with blonde pigtails riding her bicycle round and round for…