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Taki: In praise of French women

20 January 2018 9:00 am

I spent the better part of two sunny days indoors writing about authenticity for a Greek magazine, a strange subject…

Jeremy Clarke: The power of ‘Bonjour’

20 January 2018 9:00 am

In France, or in Provence at least, polite rule number one is to say hello. You must offer a distinct…

Melissa Kite: The death of humour

20 January 2018 9:00 am

A vet has accused me of a ‘hate crime’ for making a joke about vets. On the basis that everything…

Poking fun at the royals is good for the monarchy

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Isn’t Meghan fabulous? Hasn’t she totally brought the monarchy into the 21st century? Doesn’t she make Kate look like such…

Raising awareness for enraged ‘victims’ always ends in lunacy

2 December 2017 9:00 am

The deaf are beginning to annoy me. They seem, paradoxically, more voluble than the blind. Perhaps this is because, understandably,…

When the liberal media omit a crucial fact, it’s always worth dwelling on

11 November 2017 9:00 am

News programmes are as interesting, these days, for what they don’t tell you as for what they do. So, the…

Why I’m moving to London (if Brexit happens. that is)

28 October 2017 9:00 am

I hate to say this, but the quality of life in the Bagel has crashed in a Harvey Weinstein-like way.…

This Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times ‘novel of the year’ is bollocks

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Last May we had dinner with a comic who reads a lot and his wife. At one point, he told…

How to get builders to do what you want

28 October 2017 9:00 am

The Albanian builders have started a turf war in my kitchen. The hostilities broke out suddenly. One minute the builders…

What was the New York Times’s real motive for exposing Weinstein?

14 October 2017 9:00 am

I smell a rat when it comes to Harvey Weinstein. Let’s take it from the start. The telephone rang very…

Warhol’s obscene legacy

23 September 2017 9:00 am

As everyone who stands up when a lady enters the room knows, the once sacrosanct rules of civility throughout the…

Britain’s Brexit team must call Barnier’s bluff

2 September 2017 9:00 am

There is a growing perception that Britain is floundering in its EU negotiations, with a professional team from Brussels running…

Spare me the encomiums for John Le Carré

2 September 2017 9:00 am

In Absolute Friends, one of John le Carré’s lesser works, the central character explains his rebirth as a left-wing firebrand,…

Safe spaces and ‘ze’ badges: My bewildering year at a US university

26 August 2017 9:00 am

My bewildering year at a US university

Forget Charlottesville – Russia is still the true Trump scandal

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Why has a friendly tabloid exposed a sex scandal in the President’s ranks?

The quiet successes of Brexit

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Just a few weeks ago, the Conservatives triumphed in the local government elections and Theresa May was hailed as an…

Verwoerd looking

8 July 2017 9:00 am

It seems some of the instigators of apartheid may have had a point

Donald Trump’s Qatari masterstroke

1 July 2017 9:00 am

A major Greek ship owner, whose political knowledge matches his wealth and business acumen, explained to me what the Qatar…

If you’re not tired of London, you’re tired of life

24 June 2017 9:00 am

London, city of the damned. City of incendiary tower blocks, jihadi mentals trying to slit your throat, yokels from Somerset…

Where’s Ayn Rand when you need her?

24 June 2017 9:00 am

A famous epigrammatic nugget of wisdom appears in The Leopard, Lampedusa’s great novel about a noble Sicilian family’s fortunes: ‘If…

The Tories’ real problem is that they are now seen as reckless gamblers

17 June 2017 9:00 am

The opposition wants to raze your house to the ground. No, bear with me. Analogy. They say they’ll pull it…

Thank God for the DUP

17 June 2017 9:00 am

I was busy explaining to a 23-year-old American girl by the name of Jennifer why the election result was not…

After five centuries, religious war has returned to Britain

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Islamist terror comes from a long tradition of brutal supremacism

Generations at war: the election has laid bare a huge old vs young divide

10 June 2017 9:00 am

The deepest divide in this election was between young and old

It’s my final week in the Bagel — and I’m giving it my all

10 June 2017 9:00 am

New York   Main Street is a place, but it’s mostly an idea. It’s where locally owned shops sell stuff…