Life

Watch out comrade: big business is turning communist

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Is it me, or is business becoming a teeny-weeny bit Stalinist? Common features include 1) Paranoia about political ideology; 2)…

Dear Mary: How can I weed out the party ‘flakes’?

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Q. I invited four younger colleagues, all in their mid to late thirties, to go for a meal at a…

The great Seven Stars – but not, alas, its furry bar staff – is immune to change

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Roy Hattersley once wrote a plangent passage about a painful aspect of the human condition: the short span of animals’…

1880s slang: How to fig a nag and pitch a snide

1 September 2018 9:00 am

‘I want my money back,’ said my husband. ‘This is from the 1880s, not the 1980s.’ He looked up from…

My marriage secret? I’m a faithless husband, but a good one

25 August 2018 9:00 am

This was a real surprise, and on my birthday (11 August) to boot: a grown man, whose parents I used…

A spiritual journey to see some very expensive paintings

25 August 2018 9:00 am

The Villa Carnignac art gallery is located on a Mediterranean island off the French Riviera called Porquerolles. Purpose-built to show…

I am high as a Kite on gloss paint (excuse the pun)

25 August 2018 9:00 am

After I had been glossing the woodwork for a few days, I started to feel light-headed. It hadn’t occurred to…

I'm taking the bull by the horns and heading to the prize show

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia ‘This year we’re too broke to take our cattle to the show,’ I told Mark. For six months we…

Bridge

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Long-married couples are notoriously intolerant of one another at the bridge table. It’s as if all their pent-up irritation comes…

Royal road

25 August 2018 9:00 am

The mathematician Euclid once boldly informed King Ptolemy Soter I of Egypt that there was no royal road to geometry.…

no. 520

25 August 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Nakamura-Mamedyarov, St Louis 2018. Unfortunately for Mamedyarov, he has just blundered in a…

Where there’s a Will

25 August 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3062 you were invited to submit a Shakespearean-style soliloquy that a contemporary politician might have felt moved…

2373: Susurrus

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Unclued lights are three groups of three words of a kind, each group defined by the name of a different…

to 2370: Problem XII

25 August 2018 9:00 am

The numbers were linked to titles of classic works of FICTION (12): The Two DROVERS (26) (Walter Scott), The Three MUSKETEERS…

Jamie Oliver’s jerk rice comes with a side serving of insanity

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Earlier this week, the Labour MP Dawn Butler ‘called out’ Jamie Oliver for ‘appropriation’. His sin, according to the shadow…

The Battle for Britain

25 August 2018 9:00 am

The baby who could transform English cricket

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Alice Cook’s impending third child could turn out to be the perfect delivery for England. Already the expectant father Alastair…

Dear Mary: How do we evict a narcissistic flatmate without starting World War III?

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Q. I live in a houseshare with two other people; one of whom I am very fond of and the…

Empty restaurants are becoming a bad habit of mine: Coq d’Argent reviewed

25 August 2018 9:00 am

I wouldn’t normally visit Coq d’Argent, which I think means the chicken of money. It is a moderately famous restaurant…

Why would you relish an opportunity?

25 August 2018 9:00 am

The Sun gave a sad picture of British loneliness recently in a report about the national yearning to play a…

The case for bringing back feudalism

18 August 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad I need it like Boris needs a bleach job. Another birthday, that is. Birthdays tend to make your life…

Why the kindness of strangers trumps a pagan festival

18 August 2018 9:00 am

The entire Alpine village, contemptuously dismissed recently in an online tourist guide as a nondescript centre of old peasants and…

Why won’t anyone live with me?

18 August 2018 9:00 am

When I placed an advert for a lodger I really did expect potential tenants to want to come and see…

Racing for the app generation

18 August 2018 9:00 am

Making racing profitable depends on getting information at the right time. In the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood two Saturdays ago…

Bridge

18 August 2018 9:00 am

When I was first married, there were no satnavs to hold our hands; we relied on maps (if there was…