Life

Another year, another tax leak – and the usual annual festival of hypocrisy

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Stories about members of the establishment using offshore tax shelters — ooh er missus! — come along about once a…

The Battle for Britain

11 November 2017 9:00 am

As West Ham go for dull David Moyes, football badly needs more Pep talks

11 November 2017 9:00 am

So West Ham took the least surprising option and sent for David Moyes. Same old same old. I have a…

Mary solves your problems: A family friend stays over all the time – but never actually asks us out

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Q. We have a family friend we don’t see nearly as much as we’d like. This is because he’s so…

This new Bake Off diner is just half-baked Hollywood

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Knead is the first of Paul Hollywood’s new strain of bakeries that sell coffee, and which will encircle capitalism. This…

Is your conduct unacceptably inappropriate – or inappropriately unacceptable?

11 November 2017 9:00 am

‘When is physical contact “unacceptable”?’ asked Charles Moore in the Daily Telegraph. He may well ask. Sir Michael Fallon said…

Goodbye London, Reykjavik here I come

4 November 2017 9:00 am

I have a message for the London mayor, Sadiq Khan: you and your policies stink! While the fuzz are busy…

The perils of the boar-hunting season

4 November 2017 9:00 am

The French countryside around here is teeming with wild boar. They visit the shack at night to eat the pansies…

The poetry of kitchens

4 November 2017 9:00 am

‘The colour of this kitchen is inspired by a blend of heather, bracken and the mountains of the Isle of…

Why Kenya matters

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Laikipia   Flying home across Laikipia’s ranchlands with Martin after a farmers’ meeting, I see the plateau dotted with cattle…

Bridge

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Call me middle-aged, but the days when I enjoyed playing bridge all night are long gone — which is why…

Wine Club 4 November

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Gosh I love Gosset champagne! And having recently been in the enviable but liver-challenging position of researching a book on…

Chigorin lives

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Nigel Short, who challenged Garry Kasparov for the world title in 1993, has made a reputation for employing slightly offbeat…

no. 481

4 November 2017 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from Bologan-Short, Crete 2017. How can White now penalise Black for his…

A poem for Boris

4 November 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3022 you were invited to compose a safe poem that Boris Johnson could have on hand to…

2334: Sweet variations

4 November 2017 9:00 am

5 (hyphened) and 14 are types of 37. Remaining unclued lights are other types of 37, given in a form…

to 2331: Anagrams

4 November 2017 9:00 am

The suggested words were ESTER (1), REEST (20), TERSE (24), TREES (43), TERES (6D), RESET (9), TEERS (23), STERE (30)…

Why did Teach First take down my blog on genetics, IQ and education?

4 November 2017 9:00 am

I had the unusual experience last Sunday of appearing on a panel to defend free speech having been the victim…

The Battle for Britain

4 November 2017 9:00 am

How to stop the Grenfell Tower disaster from happening again? Ask the air industry

4 November 2017 9:00 am

It took a spate of air disasters in the late 1970s, in particular the Portland crash of United Airlines Flight…

Mary answers your problems: How can I stop guests from showing up early?

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Q. Twice in one week I have been found unready for my guests. Occasion one: in the garden, finishing my…

We discussed wine, horses and painting at Franco’s in Jermyn Street

4 November 2017 9:00 am

An artist ought to draw on broad human sympathies and an intense commitment to his craft. In both respects, Charles…

Medicine

4 November 2017 9:00 am

John Farquhar of Salisbury writes to say he is irritated. He is not just irritated, he has long been long…

Why I’m moving to London (if Brexit happens. that is)

28 October 2017 9:00 am

I hate to say this, but the quality of life in the Bagel has crashed in a Harvey Weinstein-like way.…

This Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times ‘novel of the year’ is bollocks

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Last May we had dinner with a comic who reads a lot and his wife. At one point, he told…