Life

The delusion of the born-again Brexiteers

18 January 2020 9:00 am

As 31 January looms, I’ve been thinking about how to bring the country back together again after we’ve left the…

The Battle for Britain

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Sport needs more men like Vincent Kompany

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Anyone still vaguely tempted to subscribe to that lazy and stupid cliché about footballers just being overpaid idiots should have…

Dear Mary: How can I stop other diners eating my chips?

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Q. My husband and I are committed Brexiteers. For many years we have regularly enjoyed friendly bridge evenings with a…

Fairy food for fairy wives: Julie’s Restaurant reviewed

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Julie’s is a 50-year-old restaurant in Holland Park, London, newly emerged from three years of closure as plushly renovated as…

Pansexuality has been around longer than you think

18 January 2020 9:00 am

When an MP announced she was pansexual I didn’t know what she meant. Indeed I didn’t know what she could…

The Middle East for dummies

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad   The French have a saying: ‘Il n’y a rien de plus bête que le sourire du gagnant.’ In…

The death of my desert-island fantasy

11 January 2020 9:00 am

I was on the back seat of a golf buggy being driven down to the marina from my beachside villa…

How my new pony swept me off my feet – literally

11 January 2020 9:00 am

‘This is the one I was thinking of for you,’ said the lady I might feasibly call my mother-in-law, in…

The battle for the future of Flat racing

11 January 2020 9:00 am

The master plan in acquiring our flatcoat retriever puppy Damson was that as folk no longer with full-time jobs we…

Bridge

11 January 2020 9:00 am

The new year is a daunting prospect in terms of the sheer amount of bridge taking place. Rather like buses,…

A question of motivation

11 January 2020 9:00 am

‘Every day is different’, people like to say about their jobs. For the world’s best chess players, that’s only partly…

No. 586

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Carlsen–Nakamura, December 2019. In the decisive playoff game, Carlsen played 1 Nxf7+ and won quickly. But there was a mate…

Trochaics

11 January 2020 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3130 you were invited to add to Sam Leith’s lines about Boris Johnson, written in the metre…

2439: More nuts

11 January 2020 9:00 am

‘10/17’ give the first three words of a statement (in ODQ) made by a famous 48/21. His works include 1A/23D…

to 2437: Sketchy

11 January 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights are PAINTING terms.  First prize Martina Fabian, Bourne End, BucksRunners-up Phillip Wickens, Faygate, West Sussex; A.H. Harker,…

I’ve found the perfect family film (eventually)

11 January 2020 9:00 am

As a member of Bafta, I get sent about 75 ‘screeners’ during the awards season, which is always a treat…

The Battle for Britain

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Something is badly wrong with the housing market – so why aren’t we talking about it?

11 January 2020 9:00 am

In 1991, 67 per cent of 25- to 34-year-olds owned their own home. In 2016, that figure had fallen to…

Dear Mary: How can I hang out with smokers at parties without freezing?

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Q. As a young woman I tend not to wear that much to social events in the evening, but I…

My recipe to cure a hangover

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Journalists exaggerate, often reaching for superlatives to chronicle mildly interesting events. Even so, there are times when it is necessary…

What is a ‘tergiversation’?

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Last year, someone at US dictionary Merriam-Webster noticed that lots of people were looking up the word tergiversation online. It…

Why 2019 has been a wonderful year

21 December 2019 9:00 am

I received my Christmas present earlier than usual. It was a message sent via The Spectator from a gentleman who…

A young Rwandan scholar left a profound impression on me

21 December 2019 9:00 am

In the Rwandan Genocide Memorial gift shop I bought a handy Kinyarwanda–Kiswahili–English phrase book. The tipping point in the decision…

The strange case of the everlasting bonfire

21 December 2019 9:00 am

The bonfire burned and burned, choking out black smoke, and when my headache got so bad I could barely see…