Andrew Watts

All boys should own a Swiss Army knife

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Last week, Carl Elsener of Victorinox, makers of the Swiss Army knife (all other manufacturers must refer to their products…

Kippers could save your life

20 April 2024 9:00 am

I miss kippers. My wife won’t let me eat them at home, and they have become a rarity in restaurants.…

How serious is Cornish nationalism?

17 December 2023 10:09 pm

The Office for National Statistics has been publishing interesting insights from the last census – perhaps to counter the bad…

A beginner’s guide to witchcraft

28 October 2023 9:00 am

Next year, Exeter University will offer an MA in Magic and Occult Science: the first of its kind in a…

The Anglican priests charged with exorcising evil spirits

13 May 2023 9:00 am

The Anglican priests charged with exorcising evil spirits

There’s nothing romantic about mistletoe

17 December 2022 9:00 am

A history of mistletoe

The comfort of hating Britain

27 October 2022 2:11 am

I occasionally get sent articles from the ‘London Correspondent of the Papua New Guinea Courier’ – less often, now that…

What happened when I took my son to Drag Queen Story Hour

13 August 2022 9:00 am

Why are protestors so angry about a children’s story hour?

We do love to be beside the seaside

13 August 2022 9:00 am

In the garden of my house in Cornwall there is a smooth granite stone about the size and shape of…

Sick jokes: why medics need gallows humour

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Medics need black humour

What will become of Jamaica’s Maroons?

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Does Jamaica’s government have plans for this state within a state?

Our fascination with treehouses has deep roots

11 September 2021 9:00 am

You can’t (and probably shouldn’t) design a treehouse. Treehouses should grow organically, in every sense: they must be made of…

The problem with the Pride flag

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Last month, the Pride flag was updated by the Intersex Equality Rights UK campaign group — the simple rainbow was…

A second home in Cornwall is nothing to be proud of

12 June 2021 9:00 am

A second home in Cornwall is nothing to be proud of

Why people have sex in graveyards

5 September 2020 9:00 am

The oldest churchyard in Torquay is being used by people openly having sex and sunbathing nude in broad daylight. This…

Britain’s strange aversion to seafood

23 May 2020 9:00 am

Britain’s strange aversion to seafood

Will Brexit make Valentine’s Day flowers less expensive?

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Will Brexit make Valentine’s Day less expensive?

Is Monopoly feminist?

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

I’ve been playing a lot of Monopoly recently. My son got his first grown-up set for Christmas and, even after…

It’s possible to talk to children about politics without leading them in one direction

7 December 2019 9:00 am

My six-year-old son announced, from the back of the car, that he was backing Boris Johnson. My wife, who’s voting…

There’s little difference between Question Time and Britain’s Got Talent

6 April 2019 9:00 am

The contestants for the 13th series of Britain’s Got Talent, the variety show which starts on Saturday, certainly showed variety:…

Comedy is entirely unsuited to the ‘Edinburgh hour’

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Edinburgh. Why do comics do it? We invariably lose money. Even if you don’t pay for your venue, the cost…

Cull the lawyers – there are too many for democracy to work

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Last week the Daily Telegraph’s front page showed the 15 Tory MPs who had voted against the government under the…

Duchy original

3 June 2017 9:00 am

The Cornish nationalist party Mebyon Kernow (‘sons of Cornwall’) is not contesting any seats in the general election. Its leader…

In praise of pink Lego

11 February 2017 9:00 am

There aren’t many toy companies that could make headlines in the business press merely by expanding their London offices —…