Life

Mind your language: Woman, women, womxn

20 October 2018 9:00 am

When I say that it has given comfort to my husband, you can judge how foolish the Wellcome Institute was…

Partying with the Clintons

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad   The bells are ringing, the bells are ringing, ding dong, ding dong. The cows are down from up…

A pub brawl certainly livened up a boring football match

13 October 2018 9:00 am

I told Oscar to wait outside and I went in and said to the barman: ‘Would it be all right…

The law of acronyms

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Teacher training is terrific fun. Oh yes, I am thoroughly enjoying myself on my evening course at Guildford College. Don’t…

A no-deal Brexit could cripple horse-racing

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Racing is full of risk-takers, not least those who fork out hefty sums to buy yearlings or unraced two-year-olds. Back…

Bridge

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Good news for bridge if the Open World Championships in Orlando are anything to go by. Far from dying, it…

Wine Club 13 October

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Everyone loves the wines of Maison M. Chapoutier, one of the great names of the Rhône Valley. The company was…

Eastern promise

13 October 2018 9:00 am

The Batumi Olympiad ended as a great success for the teams from China, which captured the gold medals in both…

no. 527

13 October 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Pace-Aguilar, Batumi Olympiad 2018. How did White finish off crisply? Answers to me at…

Favouritism

13 October 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3069 you were invited to provide a spoof version of the song ‘My Favourite Things’ for the…

2380: Dedover

13 October 2018 9:00 am

All the unclued Across lights are of a kind, as are all the unclued Down ones. They can be paired…

to 2377: Service book

13 October 2018 9:00 am

The twelve unclued lights can be arranged into the sequence yielding phrases from ‘First’ to ‘Twelfth’. First 21, Second 24,…

Shouldn’t the police be chasing down theft and assault, not thought crime?

13 October 2018 9:00 am

West Yorkshire Police hit the headlines twice this week. First we learned that the fourth-largest force in England and Wales…

The Battle for Britain

13 October 2018 9:00 am

A non-stop flight to Perth showed me that better beats bigger

13 October 2018 9:00 am

A few weeks ago I flew to Sydney to speak at a conference. The first leg was on the new…

My long gossipy letters to an old friend get just a few words in response

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Q. An old friend shares aesthetic sensibilities and tastes in people. Hence we have sustained a highly enjoyable correspondence over…

Disloyal toast: this is the worst cabinet vintage ever

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Drink and democracy have one important point in common: an ambivalent relationship with discord. They can mitigate it. They can…

To avoid knowing the distasteful origin of ‘scumbag’, look away now

13 October 2018 9:00 am

President Vladimir Putin of Russia remarked of Sergei Skripal, whom his agents tried to kill, ‘He’s simply a scumbag.’ Scumbag…

If Jeremy Corbyn gets in, then I’m out

6 October 2018 9:00 am

To London for much too brief a visit: a marriage, lunch with Commodore Tim Hoare, and a look-see for a…

The English-Scottish gender divide

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Once the house move was completed, Catriona’s oldest and best Scottish friends, two of them, came to stay for a…

I am a prisoner of Norton AntiVirus

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Two and a half hours after my tech guy began trying to uninstall Norton, he had purple smoke coming out…

I saw my future in the entrails of a butchered sheep

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya   The Turkana cowhands are on Facebook and they spend a lot of time on their cell phones,…

Bridge

6 October 2018 9:00 am

I’ve just arrived in Orlando, where the 15th World Bridge Series is taking place. I’m here for the second event…

Wine Club 6 October

6 October 2018 9:00 am

As we all know, getting the first drink of the day right can be a tricky business, not least because…

Role model

6 October 2018 9:00 am

World champion Magnus Carlsen is not competing in the Batumi Olympiad (of which more next week). Doubtless he is conserving…