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Fascism isn’t rising, but bien-pensant hysteria certainly is

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Benito lives! The Blackshirts are here. Fascism is on the march — at least according to Madeleine Albright, secretary of…

Knife skills for eight-year-olds

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Pig’s trotters. Lamb’s feet stuffed with their brains. Flayed wild rabbits, all sinew, muscle and eyeballs. Nude chickens with flopping…

Save me from middle managers dressed up as Spiderman

28 April 2018 9:00 am

‘You’ve got your essay on your back, then?’ said the stable yard owner as I headed out with Darcy on…

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…

Brexit for eight-year-olds

21 April 2018 9:00 am

A week ago I plucked my eight-year-old grandson Oscar from the bosom of his rumbustious young family and took him…

Do we really need an app for everything?

21 April 2018 9:00 am

‘If this madness goes on, I will not be able to leave my house without downloading the app,’ I told…

Circe has been recast as the girl next door – it’s a sign of the times

14 April 2018 9:00 am

When poor old battered Odysseus landed on Circe’s island having lost all his ships (except his flagship) when he tangled…

I’ve developed a fascination for anti-terrorist security officers

14 April 2018 9:00 am

A pair of anti-terrorism officers watched us check through into the boarding lounge. They stood behind the easyJet woman and…

‘See it, Say it, Sort it’ makes me want to self-harm

14 April 2018 9:00 am

‘How could you forget to get on the train?’ asked the keeper. ‘I can understand how you forgot to get…

I have to concentrate pretty hard on the Flat when the Grand National hasn’t even been run

14 April 2018 9:00 am

William Haggas’s Addeybb heralded the opening of the Flat season by winning the Lincoln Handicap on 24 March but I…

Bridge

14 April 2018 9:00 am

I’m not saying that I want ‘She played bridge for England’ on my tombstone — but then again… Last weekend,…

In The US of A, it’s a woman’s, woman’s, woman’s world!

7 April 2018 9:00 am

New York If Albanian television had shown the programme CBS did last week — with a woman who has sex…

The truth about Prince Charles

31 March 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad At dinner the other night a friend wondered what came first, social climbing or name-dropping? It’s obviously a very…

The black art of acting

31 March 2018 9:00 am

I go to the theatre but rarely because I am overpowered by even mediocre acting and find it exhausting. Theatre…

I’m being spied on in my bedroom by a drone

31 March 2018 9:00 am

The sound of something hideous woke me in the dead of night, and I shot out of bed. I looked…

I’ll never again set foot in the Eagle Club

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad A couple of columns ago I wrote about an incident that took place at the Eagle Club here in…

Has Provence cured my cancer?

24 March 2018 9:00 am

During the past three years I have spent quite a bit of time in a rented house in Provence. Volets…

I’m mad as hell and not going to take it any more!

24 March 2018 9:00 am

‘I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!’ I screamed through the window of the…

A dangerous silence over Telford

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Whenever a Hollywood actress complains about some lecherous man, there’s blanket coverage. Even our MPs feel the need to tut.…

Virtual currencies will be our salvation

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad I never made it to Zurich but met up with Steve Bannon through the miracle of technology, thanks to…

Me, General de Gaulle and an elderly barbecued lesbian

17 March 2018 9:00 am

The flight from Gatwick to France was cancelled and there was no prospect of another for three days. Paddington station…

Save me from stupid women

17 March 2018 9:00 am

We live in a cynical world. One cannot simply advertise something for sale and expect people to believe what one…

My date with Steve Bannon

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad The muffled sound of falling snow is ever-present. It makes the dreary beautiful and turns the bleak into magic.…

Was the easyJet representative a fascist?

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Earbuds in. Speed walking to Grant Lazlo’s ‘Heard It Through The Grapevine’. A corridor, a left fork, a moving walkway,…

My unhealthy obsession with Brian May

10 March 2018 9:00 am

‘I bet Brian May isn’t lying on his back in a field shelter wondering how long it’s going to take…