Portugal

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 Discovery of the Strait of Magellan, by Oswald Walters Brierly (private collection)

The Pacific ocean really was mare incognitum for the early navigators

1 October 2016 9:00 am

In the great Iberian empires of the 16th and 17th centuries, a career was already avail-able in global administration not…

Don’t fear to tread: vineyards in the Douro Valley

The delicious secrets of the Douro Valley

10 September 2016 9:00 am

They’re called quintas, Joana tells us, because the rich families who owned the land along this stretch of the Douro…

Oporto: a touch of North Africa and no hipsters

Tripe, pale tawny port and LSD: the delicious flavours of Oporto

8 August 2015 9:00 am

‘When he’s away, the thing he misses about Porto is the tripe.’ I was talking to Eduarda Sandeman, wife of…

Charles Moore’s notes: Grexit isn’t like Brexit (and that’s why it won’t be allowed to happen)

27 June 2015 9:00 am

People write about ‘Grexit’ and ‘Brexit’ as if they were the same, but they need not be. Grexit is about…

The dinner where laissez-faire banking died

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Last week’s deadline did not allow me to report from ringside at the Mansion House dinner, but there was so…

How to fight Europe’s demons of deflation

22 November 2014 9:00 am

The new fear haunting Europe

Barry Humphries’s diary: The bookshop ruined by Harry Potter

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Do fish have loins? Last Tuesday, in a pretentious restaurant, I ordered a ‘loin of sea trout’. It looked just…

I swam up to a beautiful girl on the beach, and my life changed

1 November 2014 9:00 am

I’m writing this from Portugal, where I’m staying with my old friend Sean Langan. His family has owned a farm…

Any other business: trouble spots in European banking

19 July 2014 9:00 am

‘1914: Day by Day’, the Radio 4 series by the historian Margaret MacMillan, is a gripping reminder that significant global…