Life

Dear Mary: How does a Wimbledon ball girl deal with a disgusting player?

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Q. I’ve accepted an invitation to stay in a small house party in France. My host hasn’t mentioned who else…

London’s perfect Paris brasserie

7 July 2018 9:00 am

We order some French things better in London — often, admittedly, with French help. A grenouille friend recently took me…

Ideation, from suicide to management speak

7 July 2018 9:00 am

‘Suicide!’ yelled my husband, while performing an inappropriate mime of a hangman’s noose. That was his reply when I asked…

Is it time to move to Austria?

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Schloss Wolfsegg   I was watching two very old men slowly approaching the open doors of the Pilatus airplane I…

Why I was proud to be a dustman

30 June 2018 9:00 am

I heard the last and final call for flight 6114 to Nice while shuffling forward in the unexpectedly long queue…

Me and my gun

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Finally, I got my hands on a gun. About the size of a sawn-off shotgun it was, just under 20in…

A cow is better than a bank balance

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya A minotaur head glowers at me through the bathroom window while I am brushing my teeth in the…

Bridge

30 June 2018 9:00 am

When my talented friend Paula Leslie and I decided to put a team together for the Hubert Philips Bowl (England’s…

The Caruana conundrum

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Over the course of this year Fabiano Caruana has scored splendidly in tournaments with classical time limits, notching up first…

no. 512

30 June 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Anand-Caruana, Leuven Blitz 2018. How did Anand achieve a winning material advantage? Answers…

Double vision

30 June 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3054 you were invited to compose double dactyls about double acts. I didn’t include the rules about…

2365: Beds

30 June 2018 9:00 am

One of the clued lights below reveals the theme which Brewer confirms. One of the unclued lights is not paired…

to 2362: MEN OF NOTE IV

30 June 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights are COMPOSERS whose surnames begin with the letter D.  First prize E.C. Hynard, GuernseyRunners-up Geran Jones, London…

The problem with deciding that popular culture is ‘problematic’

30 June 2018 9:00 am

A controversy has erupted in Folkestone over a forthcoming screening of Zulu, the classic British war film. A charity has…

The Battle for Britain

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Never mind VAR – this is a fabulous World Cup

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Let’s talk about VAR, why don’t we? We love the World Cup though the football is getting bonkers. The scoring…

Dear Mary: How can I stop a controversial columnist from being sacked?

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Q. A close friend is an elderly writer who has contributed, as a monthly columnist, to the same publication for…

Wedge salad in the shadow of the Tudors: Sargeant’s Mess reviewed

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Sargeant’s Mess (2018) is a tourist catcher’s net in restaurant form by the Tower of London (c. 1078). It has views…

The origins of the famous blue tiles of Portugal’s buildings have been misunderstood

30 June 2018 9:00 am

A friend sent a nice postcard from Portugal showing the outside of a church covered with old blue tiles. She…

The Bible’s #MeToo problem

23 June 2018 9:00 am

New York I write this on my last day in the Bagel, and it sure is a scorcher, heat and…

Cancer? I wouldn’t have missed it for the world

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Homesick for England, family and friends, I flew back, and the next day went for a long walk with my…

The hidden costs of dogging

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Every day in every way we are paying for more and more. I realise this increasingly. Things we took for…

How to handle fickle racehorse owners

23 June 2018 9:00 am

On the famed Whitsbury gallops, as corn buntings and stonechats fluttered from the fence posts, a dozen of Marcus Tregoning’s…

Bridge

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Ostend has been host to hundreds of bridge players representing their various countries in the European Teams Championships. The ten-day…

Wine Club 23 June

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Readers will, I’m sure, remember the excellent Merlot-rich Sang du Sanglier from Ch. de Fayolle that we offered here with…