Life

Farming is a hard life no matter where you do it

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya Erupe is a Kenyan farmer. He owns a smallholding of a few acres not far from my own…

Bridge

7 April 2018 9:00 am

It was about 20 years ago that I first became friends with Janet de Botton, and urged her to take…

Space travel

7 April 2018 9:00 am

No, not the type of space travel allegedly enjoyed by the World Chess Federation president, Kirsan Ilumzinov, during his self-confessed…

no. 500

7 April 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Jones-Deac, European Team Championship, Batumi 2018. Can you spot White’s crushing breakthrough? Answers…

Carroll in La La Land

7 April 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3042, a challenge inspired by the American parodist Frank Jacobs’s 1975 version of ‘Jabberwocky’, ‘As If Lewis…

2353: Too many

7 April 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights, three of two words and four pairs are of a kind. Elsewhere, ignore two accents.   Across…

to 2350: Pieces

7 April 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights are classical French plays (‘PIÈCES’) by Corneille (9, 18, 21A), Molière (11, 23, and 21D/29) and Racine (1A,…

A very British response to a death at a funeral

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Something very odd occurred at a funeral I attended last week — somebody died. I don’t mean the person who…

The Battle for Britain

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Cricket’s ball-tampering scandal has been nothing but a tearful pantomime

7 April 2018 9:00 am

I haven’t seen so many men crying since the end of A Tale of Two Cities at the Scala Cinema…

Dear Mary: How do we deal with our host’s sudden, terrifying rages?

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Q. Along with five of my favourite people, I’ve been invited again to what should be an idyllic house party…

How Soho became so-so: Kettner’s Townhouse reviewed

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Sometimes I fret that Soho House & Co is doing to this column what it does to London. It places…

He, they, fae, fer or ze? Check your pronouns

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Jay Bernard won the Ted Hughes Award last week. I managed to hear a snippet of the winning poem on Today…

The truth about Prince Charles

31 March 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad At dinner the other night a friend wondered what came first, social climbing or name-dropping? It’s obviously a very…

The black art of acting

31 March 2018 9:00 am

I go to the theatre but rarely because I am overpowered by even mediocre acting and find it exhausting. Theatre…

I’m being spied on in my bedroom by a drone

31 March 2018 9:00 am

The sound of something hideous woke me in the dead of night, and I shot out of bed. I looked…

It was ladies first at Cheltenham

31 March 2018 9:00 am

At soggy Newbury last Saturday racegoers were still reliving memories of an epic Cheltenham Festival. ‘Were you there for that…

Wine Club 31 March

31 March 2018 9:00 am

We’ve not had an offer from my alma mater Berry Bros & Rudd for yonks, almost a year in fact,…

Genetics and the truth about private schools

31 March 2018 9:00 am

A paper published last week in an academic journal called npj Science of Learning attracted an unusual amount of press…

Had 533 people voted differently, the Tories would have a full majority

31 March 2018 9:00 am

Nine years ago, before Cambridge Analytica existed, I caught wind of a research project at Cambridge involving the online measurement…

Dear Mary: How to get out of a neighbours’ dinner party invite?

31 March 2018 9:00 am

Q. A couple who live directly opposite us in London have sent a save-the-date notice for a big party they…

Word of the week: dot

31 March 2018 9:00 am

With the sensation produced by hearing one’s name, I jumped when I saw mine on a poster advertising an Amazon…

Bridge

31 March 2018 8:00 am

Have you ever picked up your hand, opened a weak 2 on a proper six-card suit (all right, if you’re…

Victor Ludorum

31 March 2018 8:00 am

A match which has attracted less attention than it deserves was Luke McShane’s victory over David Howell in the final…

no. 499

31 March 2018 8:00 am

White to play. This position is from a later game in the match, McShane-Howell, London 2017. How did White conclude…