Mark Mason

Why we love to be baffled

22 June 2024 9:00 am

So much of life is a search for answers. How to get ahead, how to earn more money, how to…

Assassination attempts, executions and volleyball: a history of Horse Guards

1 June 2024 9:00 am

Will they never learn? The signs are very clear: ‘Beware! Horses may kick or bite.’ Yet last week a woman…

Why do people make excuses for surly staff?

11 May 2024 9:00 am

‘You grab that table, I’ll get the drinks.’ I did as bid. A couple of minutes later, Paul was back,…

Forget Eton. This Mumbai team should play Harrow at Lord’s

27 April 2024 9:00 am

The first thing I do is turn my watch upside down. India is five-and-a-half hours ahead of the UK, so…

The thrill of busking

9 March 2024 9:00 am

Why criminals love a tunnel

20 January 2024 9:00 am

Is Keir Starmer too boring to be prime minister?

29 December 2023 6:00 pm

‘What do you know about Keir Starmer?’ My friend’s question came as we sat in the pub. It was part of…

We should all embrace the power of games

14 October 2023 9:00 am

Board games especially – dating back to at least 3000 BC – have never been idle entertainment but help boost the memory and teach valuable strategic skills

Prison breaks

16 September 2023 9:00 am

Train robberies

5 August 2023 9:00 am

Stress Test: some cricket fans can’t cope with the Ashes

22 July 2023 9:00 am

The Ashes has become too much for some cricket fans

How instant communication killed conversation

24 June 2023 9:00 am

How instant communication killed conversation

Gruesome British folk sports – from cheese-rolling to Hare Pie Scramble

3 June 2023 9:00 am

Harry Pearson’s tour of village games over the centuries even includes a Georgian football match where an Englishman’s severed head was used as the ball

Why I’ve built my own coffin

15 April 2023 9:00 am

I’ve built my own coffin

Highgate Cemetery

25 March 2023 9:00 am

Why we’ll miss ‘Motty’

24 February 2023 12:13 am

There’s a sheepskin coat hanging just inside the Pearly Gates. Yes, John Motson has died. That appears to be the…

The beauty of a Wetherspoons pub

15 October 2022 9:00 am

The J.D. does indeed come from J.D. ‘Boss’ Hogg in The Dukes of Hazzard. But Tim Martin’s reason for ‘Wetherspoon’…

All bar none: there’s more to the pub than just drink

18 September 2021 9:00 am

There’s more to the pub than just drink

Why men share trivia

28 August 2021 9:00 am

The truth about male ‘competitiveness’

Why crowds are so pleasing

26 September 2020 9:00 am

London, writes Dr Watson in the first Sherlock Holmes story, is ‘that great cesspool into which all the loungers and…

Where’s the fun in football without the fans?

27 June 2020 9:00 am

Football is back — but the fans aren’t. Covid means that clubs have to play their games behind closed doors.…

From ABBA to Pet Shop Boys: how bands got their names

30 May 2020 9:00 am

You wouldn’t have thought that Starbucks’s pricing policy could influence rock history, but that’s what happened. In the early 1990s,…