Life

Tiny Rowland, 1991 [Business Collection/Shutterstock]

The man with the inside story on Tiny Rowland

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Kenya   At his house on Kenya’s coast our neighbour Paul Spicer kept a photograph of himself as quite a…

Bridge

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Peter Fredin may not be the best bridge player in the world, but he gets my vote for the most…

Wine Club 2 November

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Our second offer from Naked Wines, the iconoclastic online merchant that funds selected winemakers via so-called angels — wine lovers…

Seizing the moment

2 November 2019 9:00 am

‘If the ball came loose from the back of the scrum, which it won’t of course…,’ said Boris, about his…

no. 578

2 November 2019 9:00 am

White to play. Dahl-Kolbus; Isle of Man, 2019. In this game between two Manx players, White had promoted a pawn…

Much have I travelled

2 November 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3122, to mark the demise of the 178-year-old travel company, you were invited to submit a poem…

2432: Getting dry

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Unclued lights (one of two words) give an event, its organiser, some participants, its winners, and the prizes.   Across…

to 2429: Homo

2 November 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights are linked with MAN (at 7A). AXE and AGE were also allowed at 40A. Thanks to various…

Universities don’t need to be lectured about racism

2 November 2019 9:00 am

I’ve been contacted by a professor at a leading Russell Group university who is worried about the spread of progressive…

The Battle for Britain

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Seven things we’ve learned from the rugby World Cup

2 November 2019 9:00 am

New Zealanders can teach the world a lot about sportsmanship. Steve Hansen after last Saturday’s All Blacks defeat by England…

Dear Mary: Is my brother being gaslighted by his boss?

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Q. My brilliant brother, who graduated last year, could find nowhere to live in London so we were all delighted…

Stringfellows for the sex robot age: Bob Bob Cité reviewed

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Bob Bob Cité is a restaurant dangling like testicles from the underside of the Leadenhall Building in the City of…

Why are artlessly ambiguous headlines called ‘crash blossoms’?

2 November 2019 9:00 am

‘Hospitals named after sandwiches kill five,’ ran a headline in the Times in June. When it was tweeted by the…

Angourie Rice, who stars in Bruce Beresford’s 2018 film Ladies in Black [Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images]

The most uplifting film ever made

26 October 2019 9:00 am

New York   Should art mirror the world as it is, or does an artist fail the public if the…

Friedrich Nietzche [Photo: Roger-Viollet/Shutterstock]

The divine comedy of Friedrich Nietzsche

26 October 2019 9:00 am

I’ve come back to the empty house for the second time in the six weeks since my mother died. The…

[Photo: Alasdair Thomson]

Was our nut-infested plane a death trap?

26 October 2019 9:00 am

‘This is your captain speaking, welcome aboard this flight to London Gatwick. As there is a passenger on our flight…

Oisin Murphy, who was crowned the 2019 Champion Flat Jockey at the Qipco British Champions day at Ascot [Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images]

The future face of racing

26 October 2019 9:00 am

In the second race of a heart-stirring Qipco Champions Day at Ascot the unthink-able happened: on Britain’s favourite stayer Stradivarius,…

Bridge

26 October 2019 9:00 am

A couple of weeks ago two of the most prestigious events in the bridge nutter’s diary took place on the…

Wine Club 26 October

26 October 2019 9:00 am

We head to Italy this week and the wines of Castello Banfi. The much-admired estate was founded in 1978 by…

Great sacrifices

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Impelled by his engineer’s mindset, the former world champion Mikhail Botvinnik wrote a short essay to answer a simple question:…

no. 577

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. From Stepanov–Romanovsky, Lenin-grad 1926. Stepanov resigned two moves earlier, seeing that he would soon lose his queen.…

Going concern

26 October 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3121 you were invited to submit a song entitled ‘50 Ways to Leave the White House’.  …

2431: Pride of place

26 October 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights (two of two words) be paired and are linked by an anagram of the four letters in…

to 2428: Tracks to the Isles

26 October 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights are stations along the Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh train line, the pairs being 8/9 and 29/39.…