Life

The softer side of Hemingway

1 June 2019 9:00 am

I didn’t like it, and then I did like it. But a writer’s job is to tell the truth, as…

What my mother’s death means for Brexit

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Considerate to the last, she had her order of service arranged in her mind. I sat close with my notebook.…

The NHS clearly wishes I would just naff off

1 June 2019 9:00 am

The receptionist fixed me with a withering stare. I had just filled out a repeat prescription form and politely inquired…

The true saviours of African wildlife

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya   A cheetah perched in the front seat of your gold-plated Lamborghini. Stick that on Instagram in Saudi…

Bridge

1 June 2019 9:00 am

I’ve recently been reading Daphne du Maurier’s novel Rebecca to my children, and while it’s every bit as enjoyable as…

Holy Grail

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Gawain Jones has fought his way to the no. 1 position on the UK ranking list by a series of recent…

no. 556

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is a variation from today’s game, Hillarp Persson-Jones, Malmo 2019. How can Black conclude the…

Life support

1 June 2019 9:00 am

In Competition 3100 you were invited to pen an ode to Alexa or Siri. A recent Unesco study claimed that…

2410: Alphabetical jigsaw

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Clues are presented in strict alphabetical order of their solutions. Solvers have to assign the solutions to their correct places…

to 2407: Stickmen

1 June 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights (with the pair at 37/26) are orchestral CONDUCTORS.  First prize Elisabeth Johnson, Toronto, CanadaRunners-up Gareth Davies, Langstone,…

The fanatical thinking that's on its way to British schools

1 June 2019 9:00 am

For anyone who isn’t following the long march of racial self-flagellation through America’s institutions, last week’s revelations about the excesses…

Cricket’s – finally – coming home

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Well, you have come a long way baby. As the whizz-bang hoopla of the cricket World Cup strides into view…

Dear Mary: I won a bet – how do I make my friend pay up?

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Q. A delightful but disorganised friend has invited several of our circle for a weekend at his family’s beautiful country…

A princess of greasy spoons: Café Diana reviewed

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Café Diana is a Princess Diana-themed greasy spoon in Notting Hill Gate. It is a mad place, but it is…

Just who – or what – are the men in suits?

1 June 2019 9:00 am

After he invented the term young fogey (in The Spectator in 1984), the much lamented journalist Alan Watkins coined the…

My feud with Conrad Black

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Goody goody gumdrops! The Donald has pardoned Lord Black and I couldn’t be happier. Conrad got a bum deal and…

Banana leaf, wood-effect or knitted? Choosing my mother’s coffin

25 May 2019 9:00 am

The mental fruit of yet another sleepless night was that my mother was determined to arrange her funeral as quickly…

My little lodger has been stolen from me

25 May 2019 9:00 am

‘Farewell then, little lodger. I wish you would stay for ever but I understand that girls in their early twenties…

In praise of older horses – and their trainers

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Newbury is as fair a test for a racehorse as you can get with its galloping track and a wide-open…

Bridge

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Simon Gillis coined a term to describe his disappointment when he sits himself out to allow four of his professionals…

Wine Club 25 May

25 May 2019 9:00 am

We’ve not had an offer from Messrs Corney & Barrow in a while and it’s a treat to welcome them…

Goring the gambit

25 May 2019 9:00 am

One of the most irritating defences to meet when playing 1 d4 as White is the Benko Gambit (1 d4…

no. 555

25 May 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Dubov-Giri, Moscow 2019. How did White conclude with a fine blow that forced…

Animal magic

25 May 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3099 you were invited to dream up an imaginary animal that is a hybrid of two existing…