Life

You have to laugh at Extinction Rebellion

12 October 2019 9:00 am

I ventured out into Westminster earlier this week to take a look at the Extinction Rebellion protest and it reminded…

The Battle for Britain

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Why averages don’t add up

12 October 2019 9:00 am

I recently learned from a doctor friend that salt isn’t necessarily bad for you. Yes, there is a minority whose…

Dear Mary: How can I tell a man at yoga class to cover up?

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Q. My sister runs a yoga school and a middle-aged gentleman has joined. Although she is delighted to encourage male…

A vintage tale of Thatcher, Reagan and some truly great wines

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Poor Old Girl. The final act may not have been sanglante, but as the third volume of Charles Moore’s life…

What’s the word for a word that’s been used only once?

12 October 2019 9:00 am

It is easy to speak a sentence never spoken before since the world came fresh from its mould. It’s not…

What you can tell about a man from his choice of underwear

5 October 2019 9:00 am

New York It’s Indian summertime and the living is easy. There hasn’t been a cloud above the Bagel for two…

Will mindfulness turn me into a Remainer?

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Mindfulness at our all-inclusive Turkish beach resort began at 11 o’clock. Our mindfulness teacher was a tiny, smiley, flexible-looking woman…

Should I return to the land of my Italian ancestors?

5 October 2019 9:00 am

When I was growing up, my Italian grandfather was my favourite person. He taught me to play a mean game…

Britain is following in the footsteps of Africa’s former failed states

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Kenya   ‘In the past months the people of Uganda have been following with sorrow the alarming economic crisis befalling…

Bridge

5 October 2019 9:00 am

The world bridge championships are finally over — and I don’t remember another where the England players gave us such…

Wine Club 5 October

5 October 2019 9:00 am

As you settle down to read this over your boiled egg and soldiers, three dozen or so hardy Spectator readers…

Visky business

5 October 2019 9:00 am

‘Visky,’ said the man driving the taxi.   ‘Risky?’   ‘Visky.’   ‘Ah… whisky! Or vodka.’ I grinned as I…

no. 574

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. Here is my own tragedy, from Yuffa-McShane, Khanty-Mansiysk 2019. Needing a win, I tried 81 … Kg7-f7…

Here be monsters

5 October 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3118, which was inspired by Joan Didion’s wonderful essay of that title, you were invited to submit…

2428: Tracks to the isles

5 October 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights (one of two words), individually or as two pairs, are of a kind. Elsewhere, ignore one accent.…

to 2425: Herein

5 October 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights are regular contributors to the pages of The Spectator week by week. 5/35, 8/10, 12/28, 13, 21A/33 and…

Is it time to revive our play about Boris’s sex life?

5 October 2019 9:00 am

I’m writing this from the Conservative party conference where Boris’s attempt to ram home the message that he’s the only…

The Battle for Britain

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Why rugby is a perfect match for Japanese culture

5 October 2019 9:00 am

The ITV set for the channel’s thunderingly good coverage of the Rugby World Cup is more Japanese than anything in…

Dear Mary: How do I cope with university flatmates who can’t cook?

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Q. For many years I employed around 60 people with whom I worked in an open-plan office. I moved on from…

I’ve had my fill of brasseries: Moncks reviewed

5 October 2019 9:00 am

If you review restaurants professionally you would not think Britain wanted to leave the EU. You would think she wanted…

Sweaty Betty, Acne: the fashion for nasty brand names

5 October 2019 9:00 am

On my way to a party in Ealing I saw a shop called Pan Rings. A mental image popped up…

An elegy for New York

28 September 2019 9:00 am

New York The master of the love letter to New York, E.B. White, eloquently described the city as a place…

Why Sodom and south Devon are a million miles apart

28 September 2019 9:00 am

We gathered around in the sunshine and watched the coffin being lowered into the freshly dug trench. Stratifications visible on…