old age

The extraordinary life of 104-year-old dancer Eileen Kramer

8 June 2019 8:00 am

It’s not often you hear the voice of a 104-year-old on the radio. You’re even less likely to hear one…

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My life as nurse, chief cook and bottle washer for my mother

2 March 2019 9:00 am

My fifth week confined to barracks as nurse, chief cook and bottle washer. I drive to the supermarket about twice…

The strange people who keep a nightly vigil over my mother

23 February 2019 9:00 am

To begin with it was mice. The house was overrun with them. She saw them out of the corner of…

It is a sin to die in the Land of the Depraved

21 April 2018 9:00 am

New York Remember when the internet, Twitter, Facebook and other such useless gimmicks were supposed to usher in an era…

Is the choice between Macron and Le Pen really so much of a choice?

29 April 2017 9:00 am

With Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen through to the final in France, people of a conservative disposition might feel…

The unhealthy consequences of good health

18 March 2017 9:00 am

At a chic dinner party last week, a friendly chow as big and black as a dog can be without…

Did I lock up a princess? She says I did

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Gstaad One’s unpopularity on account of calling it a night diminishes in direct proportion to the severity of the next…

My night with Brigitte Bardot

21 January 2017 9:00 am

I am very bad at remembering my dreams: I would have been a poor patient for Dr Freud. But I…

Günter Grass, who died last year, photographed in 1981

Günter Grass: from enfant terrible to Grand Old Man

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Günter Grass was a mischief-maker, who set out to eclipse his equally brilliant fellow writers, says Rachel Seiffert. But his early novels – The Tin Drum, especially – fully deserved the limelight

Margaret Drabble squares up to old age

5 November 2016 9:00 am

A preoccupation with death is felt from the start of Margaret Drabble’s new novel, which opens with Francesca Stubbs, in…

Eyes, teeth, hair, ears: it’s all downhill from the age of 30

22 October 2016 9:00 am

‘Welcome, Mr Chancellor, to the Age UK community,’ said the voice. It was a warm, friendly woman’s voice, but bearing…

The Carer has one of the most jarring lines of all time

6 August 2016 9:00 am

The Carer is a Hungarian-British co-production about a cantankerous old thesp (Brian Cox) and the young Hungarian woman (Coco König)…

Spectator letters: Charles will be an excellent king

16 April 2016 9:00 am

In defence of Charles Sir: As a former full-time member of the Prince of Wales’s office, and a part-time equerry…

All That Man Is: a novel view of masculinity

16 April 2016 9:00 am

‘Insufficiency’ is a favourite David Szalay word. The narrator of his previous novel, Spring, suffered from ‘insufficiency of feeling’; in…

Why Britain (and Europe) depends on migrants

26 March 2016 9:00 am

It’s not about economics. It’s about our snobbish, slobbish culture

Tim Roth in ‘Chronic’, a morality tale about the care industry

Cinema needs films like Chronic – just not a lot of them

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Scholarly filmgoers may recall a movement that sprouted from Danish soil called Dogme 95. It worked to a Spartan set…

Some day soon we’ll all accept that useless lives should be ended

19 September 2015 8:00 am

Throughout the short life of the Assisted Dying Bill which failed last week in the Commons, the ‘faith community’ (a…

The fraught business of seat surrender

2 May 2015 9:00 am

I remember the first time that someone stood up and offered me a seat on the London Underground. It was…

Old age is not for sissies

7 March 2015 9:00 am

The secret of eternal youth, according to Alice Roosevelt Longworth, is arrested development, and the penny dropped last week. The…

Care for the dying needs more imagination – and less hospitalisation

1 November 2014 9:00 am

‘To die of age is a rare, singular and extra-ordinary death’, wrote Montaigne, ‘and so much less natural than others:…

Greece is calling – three more years and then I move south

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Porto Cheli I have been thinking about my children and my own strange boyhood as I gaze up at the…

The cruellest present you could give a hated old in-law

5 July 2014 9:00 am

It takes a special sort of talent to be able to make drawings of your own 97-year-old mother on her…

Like Murdoch, I'm an old man with an eye for beauty. But Wendi Deng? Seriously?

14 June 2014 8:00 am

 Gstaad A slight bump at 30,000 feet concentrates the mind, as the good Dr Johnson said about an appointment with…

Alexander Chancellor: I think my doctors are trying to frighten me

4 January 2014 9:00 am

The date of this issue of The Spectator is 4 January 2014, which also happens to be my 74th birthday.…

Letters: The Met Office answers Rupert Darwall, and a defence of Bolívar

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Wild weather Sir: Weather and climate science is not an emotional or political issue — even though emotions and politics run…