Life

How violence in France led to the creation of London’s Courtauld Gallery

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Darkness, but not the blanket of the dark. This was a sinister darkness, beset by smoke and flames, by the…

At sixes and sevens about seven and six

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Someone on the wireless was talking about marrying in the Liberty of Newgate before the Marriage Act of 1753, and…

Ah, Brooklyn I miss you: Brooklyn Heights, New York

A love letter to Brooklyn Heights

3 November 2018 9:00 am

New York I now know it by heart. Brooklyn Heights, that is. It takes 35 minutes by cab from where…

Back to the disappointingly familiar, disappointingly limited wares in the half-dozen shops that close most afternoons and sometimes capriciously all day

40-plus reasons to love and hate France

3 November 2018 9:00 am

I apologised, was gladly granted an indulgence, and on Sunday I packed a small bag and reached into a drawer…

My hundred-year-old-horse

3 November 2018 9:00 am

‘This isn’t so bad,’ said my friend, as we knelt at my old mare’s side as she lay on the…

If you looked only at our farm, and avoided reading the news, you might find it absurd to hear there are only 7,000 cheetah in the world

How I rewilded the African bush

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia   My two Jersey bulls Halcyon and Hosanna were grazing happily on the lawn in front of the house…

Bridge

3 November 2018 9:00 am

For most bridge players, defence is the hardest part of the game. Not only do you need to visualise declarer’s…

Man made

3 November 2018 9:00 am

This year’s Isle of Man Masters, sponsored by Chess.com, could claim to be the strongest ever open chess competition. The…

no. 530

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Cornette-Jumabayev, Isle of Man 2018. Black’s next move led to an overwhelming material advantage.…

Brief lives

3 November 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3072 you were invited to supply a short verse biography of a well-known figure from history.  …

2383: Flagged

3 November 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights, one of two words, and the others when paired are of a kind. One individual unclued light…

to 2380: Dedover

3 November 2018 9:00 am

The unclued Across lights are US state capitals and the unclued Down ones are the states. The title refers to…

I like the idea of meritocracy as much as my father hated it

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Last week I spoke at an event at Nottingham University to commemorate the 60th anniversary of The Rise of the…

The Battle for Britain

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Rugby union vs league – or Barbour-clad southerners vs the whippet brigade

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Leader in the clubhouse for top rugby try by an Englishman in 2018: Oliver Gildart. Oliver who? Oliver Gildart, only…

Getting on – and falling off – the wagon

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Radio 3 tries to distract listeners from music by posing little quizzes and hearing quirky details of history from a…

Like Soho House in the country – but marginally less hateful: The Pig at Combe reviewed

3 November 2018 9:00 am

The Pig at Combe is a restaurant in a country house hotel in a valley in Devon. I actually went…

Dear Mary: How can I face the friends who warned me that my girlfriend would dump me?

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Q. Previously a long-term and content single man, earlier in the year I began a relationship with a wonderful girl,…

circa 1935: A view east on 42nd Street in New York City towards the Chrysler Building. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Requiem for New York

27 October 2018 9:00 am

New York   In the dark she still looks good. The mystery and magnetism linger until dawn, then you slowly…

28th October 1914: British soldiers lined up in a narrow trench during World War I. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

My first world war obsession

27 October 2018 9:00 am

My reactionary first world war reading jag continues. The literature is vast, but so is my capacity and fascination. I…

Bitless and scared witless: a dangerous new left-wing cult

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Just when you thought there was nothing more for women of the left to nonsensically oppose, I bring you news…

DONCASTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Jockey George Baker riding Litigant leads the field to win the Betfred November Handicap Stakes on November 7, 2015 in Doncaster, England. (Photo by Daniel Smith/Getty Images)

The dirtiest racehorse names

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Watching whip-thin jockey George Baker, just short of six feet, greeting his mounts used to make me think of the…

Bridge

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Vytas and Erikas Vainikonis, father and son bridge enthusiasts, are the generous hosts of one of the best five days…

Wine Club 27 October

27 October 2018 9:00 am

The finest Bordeaux wines for a fraction of the price

Condottieri

27 October 2018 9:00 am

The recently concluded European Club Cup, held at Porto Carras in Greece, resembled late medieval Italian warfare — populated by…