Life

The horror of Heathrow

1 February 2020 9:00 am

There are no stairs or escalators to take you up to Terminal 4 from the underground Heathrow Express platform. Beyond…

Dogging on our doorstep

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Some might say it was a typical over-reaction on my part to erect hidden cameras at the horses’ field. First…

Bridge

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Have I mentioned that I played for England in the Camrose? And not for the first time either. Sadly this…

Wine Club 1 February

1 February 2020 9:00 am

So that’s January done and dusted. Phew! I don’t know about you, but the wretched water wagon — to which…

Women’s World Championship

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Looking at the first 12 games of the 2018 Carlsen-Caruana World Championship, which all ended in draws, I saw a statistical…

no. 589

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Black to move. Javakhishvili–Adams, Gibraltar 2020. Adams has a few plausible moves here, including Rf1, Rf3+ and Rxf7, but only…

Competition: Food glorious food

1 February 2020 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3133 you were invited to provide a passage about food written in the style of a well-known…

2442: Don’t nod

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Eight unclued lights are of a kind with the 3 of the 30. Elsewhere, ignore two accents.   Across 1   …

to 2439: More nuts

1 February 2020 9:00 am

The statement, ‘HINDSIGHT IS ALWAYS (10/17) twenty-twenty’ was made by the FILM DIRECTOR (48/21) BILLY (4) Wilder (suggested by the…

Climate doomsayers keep putting sell-by dates on their credibility

1 February 2020 9:00 am

I was slightly surprised when Greta Thunberg announced at Davos that we had eight years left to save the planet.…

The Battle for Britain

1 February 2020 9:00 am

The Barmy Army showcase the best of English character

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Not everyone likes the Six Nations — a recent well-received book on the state of rugby union described it as…

Dear Mary: How can I get my friend to shave off his hideous wispy moustache?

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Q. An elderly cousin gave my husband and me a wedding present of two weeks in his villa in the…

The food is almost too superb: Wild Honey reviewed

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Wild Honey is a ludicrous name for this restaurant: there is nothing wild about it, and I do not think…

Did Harry and Meghan step back, step down or step away?

1 February 2020 9:00 am

At this time of year in Colorado the crime of puffing is widespread. It is so cold that in the…

Why do monsters make such good writers?

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Did any of you know that most of the 20th-century monsters — Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Ceausescu, Duvalier, and even the…

Whisky and striptease: stories from an old people’s home

25 January 2020 9:00 am

For the last four years of her long life, this upstairs room and this magnificent sea view belonged to Mrs…

What has Mr Benn got to do with horse insurance?

25 January 2020 9:00 am

‘Time to begin your adventure with Mr Benn!’ said the letter that came through my door, in a big loopy…

The trainer who gives the big boys a run for their money

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Racing’s New Year began well with the award of OBEs to both Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls, showing that they…

Bridge

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Sad to say, the length of time you’ve been playing bridge is no indication of how good you are. Indeed,…

More than a game

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Cars, computers and cadavers: taking them apart is normally reserved for experts and the pathologically curious. In his new book,…

no. 588

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Rowson-Yermolinsky, World Open 2002. This position arose after a tactical skirmish. White has only one good way to meet the…

Bizarre books

25 January 2020 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3132 you were invited to submit an extract from one of the following books: Noah Gets Naked:…

2441: To and fro

25 January 2020 9:00 am

28 2, born in 36, is best known for 10 41 (four words). He also produced a 19, 11 (two…

to 2438: Shining Bright

25 January 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights can be linked with GOLDEN, at 30D, which had to be highlighted. The trio is GOLDEN EYE…