My 2019: mice, Marrakesh and a fond farewell to my dear friend Christopher Booker

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Another year over and it wasn’t all bad, you know. Here are some of my personal highlights. Best birthday parties:…

We’ve just had the best decade in human history. Seriously

21 December 2019 9:00 am

We’ve just had the best decade in human history

Technological progress is as messy as Darwinian evolution

21 December 2019 9:00 am

There is a famous chart which shows the time it took for various technologies to be adopted by 50 million…

Don’t tell me model railways aren’t art. My little engine is a thing of spirit and beauty

14 December 2019 9:00 am

At Birmingham NEC, Richard Bratby finds magical worlds just six feet long and two feet wide

This year’s top gadgets – according to my inner chimp

7 December 2019 9:00 am

I’d hoped to spend this week writing about my new Geberit Japanese-style toilet, but since the grout is not yet…

Does this make your brain tingle? The rapid rise of ASMR

2 November 2019 9:00 am

I once had a flatmate called Tom, who behaved very oddly when our cleaner came round. On mornings when she…

I’m a doctor, and tried the new GP app. My experience was terrifying

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Seeing a GP by app may not help the patient – or the NHS

Why extravagant things don’t have to feel expensive

20 July 2019 9:00 am

‘Suppose you bought a case of claret a few years ago for £20 a bottle. It now sells at auction…

What I’ve learned from 20 years without a TV

22 June 2019 9:00 am

What I’ve learned from 20 years without a TV

Selfie-surveillance: Who needs Big Brother when we constantly film ourselves?

1 June 2019 9:00 am

These days we’re happy to do the surveillance ourselves

We all have servants now

4 May 2019 9:00 am

We all have servants now

Young lotharios don't know what they're missing

27 April 2019 9:00 am

David Niven’s younger son Jamie, now an old man and a bit overweight, approached my table and announced that he…


Ignore the science fiction: AI isn't out to get us

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Artificial intelligence is set to change everything

Video-conferencing could revolutionise how we work – so why have we failed to invest in it properly? [GETTY IMAGES]

We don’t need more technology, we need better technology

16 February 2019 9:00 am

I’d like to propose a new scientific institution: the IUT, or Institute of Underrated Technology. Rather than trying to invent…

After Huawei, can we trust Chinese tech?

2 February 2019 9:00 am

The world is a better place for China’s emergence from behind the bamboo curtain where it hid for half a…

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When a reader invited me to stay with him in Exmoor estate, how could I refuse?

26 January 2019 9:00 am

My first night back in Blighty, I sat all evening at the kitchen table drinking wine with a charming, courteous…

Modern Corporate Glass Building

The TWaT revolution: office on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only

19 January 2019 9:00 am

I recently saw a series of photographs depicting a rural home in China. Pride of place in a grimly furnished…

The most underpriced Christmas gift you can buy

15 December 2018 9:00 am

During the second Gulf war, simply out of curiosity, I found myself visiting the website of a giant American mercenary…

In China’s new surveillance state, everyone will be watched, reviewed and rated

17 November 2018 9:00 am

The dark side of China’s high-tech society

John McDonnell’s right – the four-day week could work

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Most people were scandalised by John McDonnell’s proposal to promote a four-day working week. But before we get incensed about…

Alexa, who is Toby Young?

6 October 2018 9:00 am

My oldest friend Sean Langan came to lunch last Sunday and, rather disappointingly, he seemed more interested in playing with…

I’m an equal of Socrates and Wittgenstein — and if anyone disputes it they can go to hell

29 September 2018 9:00 am

The grandest view of Gstaad and the surrounding Saanen valley bar none — and that includes the vista from my…

Tech gurus don’t let their kids have smartphones. Here’s why

22 September 2018 9:00 am

More of us are addicted to our smartphones. But the fightback is beginning

Silicon Valley’s weird ideas on how to improve human life

15 September 2018 9:00 am

Which is more diverse: London or Devon? That’s not a trick question. London is much more diverse than Devon. But…

Why data doesn’t always reveal the truth

18 August 2018 9:00 am

In late 1973 the graduate admissions department at UC Berkeley discovered that for the forthcoming year it had awarded places…