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I’ll take Russian democracy over ours

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Staraya Russa. About two thirds of the way from Moscow to St Petersburg, in the historic Novgorod Oblast, once the…

My friend Margaret Thatcher

14 December 2019 9:00 am

By the time you read this it will all be over, but will it? I’ve had a bad feeling all…

Smoking opium with Mr Nazim – and a gecko

14 December 2019 9:00 am

‘I used to go to India for a few months every year. A couple of times we even drove there.…

Our local Tory candidate’s leaflet was the most disturbing of them all

14 December 2019 9:00 am

‘Oh, it’s you!’ said the builder boyfriend to the Tory MP in his shooting jacket, as he made his way…

Who are we kidding – of course terror is a political issue

7 December 2019 9:00 am

It was pleasing to see that old clip of Gerry Adams endorsing Jeremy Corbyn re-emerge, just before the acts of…

The TV show that rots young minds

7 December 2019 9:00 am

How can I phrase it without sounding pompous? When very talented people dine together, it sometimes turns into a contest…

Hell is an expat dinner party

7 December 2019 9:00 am

I just don’t understand it. Emigrating from Britain to France is a big step. Shifting from one culture to another…

I’ve practically solved the crime myself but still the police won’t help

7 December 2019 9:00 am

‘Thank you for calling Surrey Police. We want to help you with your inquiry as quickly as possible. Did you…

Prince Andrew and me

30 November 2019 9:00 am

No use piling on where Prince Andrew is concerned. It’s a sorry business, and he’s not among the brightest either.…

When Brexiter meets Catalexiter

30 November 2019 9:00 am

After the hostel breakfast, I stood on the tropical grass lawn smoking the first fag of the day and mulled…

I’ve finally found out the truth about my horse-riding nemesis

30 November 2019 9:00 am

She was a trade union activist, she told me. She wanted a second referendum. Well, they all do. I’m starting…

Get ready for the Great Lammy Firewall

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Many of you will be waiting, with much excitement, for the Great Lammy Firewall, which will be introduced by our…

War of the Worlds is as bad as Doctor Who

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Edwardian England deserved everything it got from those killer Martian invaders. Or so I learned from the BBC’s latest adaptation…

The cops are impotent in lawless New York

23 November 2019 9:00 am

New York   Things are heating up, in both London and Nueva York, as this place should correctly be called.…

The lessons I learned cycling across Rwanda

23 November 2019 9:00 am

The backmarker of the peloton was Eric, a tall, stick-thin Rwandan. Under his cycling helmet he wore a baseball cap…

How you can tell the gender of a thief

23 November 2019 9:00 am

My attempt at being Columbo was only taking me so far. In solving the mystery of who raided the barn,…

I’d rather live under communism than the tyranny of social media

16 November 2019 9:00 am

At the time it felt like a century, but it was only 12 years. I began this column in 1977…

The joy of a Rwandan airport

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Our plane touched down in Rwanda at 7 p.m. Stepping outside on to the metal steps, I smelt that unmistakable…

The strange case of six missing horse rugs

16 November 2019 9:00 am

The night after the fireworks display the barn was raided and our horse rugs were taken. Good job I’ve watched…

Riot police descend on a market during a protest in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong last Saturday

Brave front: The pro-democracy guerrilla fighters taking on Hong Kong’s riot police

9 November 2019 9:00 am

The pro-democracy guerrilla fighters taking on Hong Kong’s riot police

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Alcohol is the perfect cure for deafness

2 November 2019 9:00 am

New York   A busy ten days, or nights rather, with some heroic drinking thrown in for good measure. Hangovers…

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My journey to the heart of prehistoric England

2 November 2019 9:00 am

‘Can I get a taxi around here?’ The man standing behind the counter of the convenience store looked at the…

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I’m getting another horse — but it’s not for me

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Sitting on the train to Surrey, I was halfway home and texted the builder boyfriend to say when I would…

Angourie Rice, who stars in Bruce Beresford’s 2018 film Ladies in Black [Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images]

The most uplifting film ever made

26 October 2019 9:00 am

New York   Should art mirror the world as it is, or does an artist fail the public if the…

Friedrich Nietzche [Photo: Roger-Viollet/Shutterstock]

The divine comedy of Friedrich Nietzsche

26 October 2019 9:00 am

I’ve come back to the empty house for the second time in the six weeks since my mother died. The…