Long life

Alan Rusbridger’s final oath

20 June 2015 9:00 am

My friend Alan Rusbridger has just given up editing the Guardian after a distinguished 20-year reign that has climaxed, as…

Dressing up for the opera is not elitist

13 June 2015 9:00 am

It’s June, and the country-house summer opera festivals are now in full swing. Glyndebourne, which opened the season last month,…

Living next door to someone rich, and beside a motorway, makes you fat and your blood pressure soar

6 June 2015 9:00 am

I wrote last week about a swarm of bees that had attached itself to a wall of my house, as…

Inside, pursued by a swarm of bees

30 May 2015 9:00 am

From reading the newspapers you might get the impression that honeybees were on the way to extinction. In Europe, it…

A Finnish man was fined £83,000 for speeding because his annual income is £10.1 million

23 May 2015 9:00 am

I have rather a poor record for speeding over the years. I have been caught by cameras quite often, sometimes…

Power couple: 'Dave and Sam' (Photo: Getty)

What Italy made of the result of the British general election (not much)

16 May 2015 9:00 am

On election day I was in Puglia in the ‘heel’ of Italy, where interest in British politics could hardly be…

The over-75s are being asked if they would like to sign their own death warrants

9 May 2015 9:00 am

It’s more than four months now since my 75th birthday, but I’m still waiting for a ‘cold call’ from the…

The fraught business of seat surrender

2 May 2015 9:00 am

I remember the first time that someone stood up and offered me a seat on the London Underground. It was…

The birth of a royal baby is hardly an exciting event

25 April 2015 9:00 am

There are already people camping outside St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, to await the birth shortly of another royal baby, the…

The tortoises are alive! (And sitting on the duck’s eggs)

18 April 2015 9:00 am

No sooner had I written last week’s column about the sad disappearance of the two tortoises in my care than…

Have I inadvertently killed my friend’s tortoises?

11 April 2015 9:00 am

It’s April. It’s spring. The daffodils and the cowslips are in flower. The birds are chirping merrily. But where are…

The fox that killed my chickens depressed me more than 250,000 tsunami deaths

4 April 2015 9:00 am

It is hard to know how a tragedy is going to move a person who is not directly affected by…

Be different, be original: that’s what makes a popular politician

28 March 2015 9:00 am

I sometimes try to imagine what it would be like being a political leader. I find this difficult because I…

An Episcopalian vicar made me warm to the principle of women joining gentlemen’s clubs

21 March 2015 9:00 am

In 1993, when I was living in Manhattan working for the New Yorker magazine, I was chosen as ‘distinguished visitor’…

It’s a pointless waste of time for David Cameron to resurrect the hunting debate

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Of all the election promises politicians make in the run-up to a general election the one most certain to remain…

I’ve been sacked more times than I can exactly remember. It teaches you nothing

7 March 2015 9:00 am

The Oldie magazine — of which, until otherwise advised, I appear to be the editor — runs an occasional article…

You can’t force low-income people to go to an art gallery or the theatre if they don’t want to

28 February 2015 9:00 am

I went last week to see the justly praised production of Wagner’s The Mastersingers at English National Opera, and I…

The elderly are society’s new baddies

21 February 2015 9:00 am

The gulf in understanding between the old and the young has widened with the news that the young are beginning…

How the driverless car will liberate us all (except smokers, of course)

14 February 2015 9:00 am

I was listening to the radio the other morning to hear people complaining about the huge cuts in the number…

You realise how little you know of anybody when they die

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Whether or not you believe in the afterlife, death remains an impenetrable mystery. One moment a person is making jokes…

The quiet pleasure of washing up (and why I'm still buying a new dishwasher)

24 January 2015 9:00 am

I have been having trouble with my dishwasher. It’s seven and a half years old, and it’s manufactured by a…

Do your patriotic duty and shoot wild boar

17 January 2015 9:00 am

It’s 15 years since I first wrote an article about the threat to the nation of the wild boar; but…

Here I am on Twelfth Night with nothing but benevolence to look back on

10 January 2015 9:00 am

For the past two and a half years my brother John has been living next door to me in the…

I think I’ve found a miracle cure for a bad back

3 January 2015 9:00 am

I’ve had various ailments during my first 74 years — the worst being those induced by smoking, such as emphysema…

Without Jesus and with less Santa, what does Christmas mostly consist of?

13 December 2014 9:00 am

More than ever this year I find friends planning to go abroad for Christmas, some to countries such as India…