Mark Mason

Monopoly is fascinating – as long as you don’t try to play it

25 April 2015 9:00 am

I knew there had to be a point to Monopoly. The game itself is tedium made cardboard, the strongest known…

The mobility scooter plague

11 April 2015 9:00 am

The mobility scooter plague

The writing on the wall: some of the well-preserved hieroglyphs at Karnak

Tourists are trickling back to Egypt – to beat the crowds, go now

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Egypt’s revolution of 2011 didn’t just get rid of President Mubarak: it did a pretty good job of clearing out…

A print of girls in a gym from 1884

2,500 years of gyms (and you’re still better off walking the dog)

7 March 2015 9:00 am

My favourite fact about gyms before reading this book was that the average British gym member covers 468 miles per…

Attack of the personal space invaders

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Who are these chaps who insist on standing so close?

Why tomorrow’s parents won’t want their children to go to university

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Why being a graduate is about to lose its prestige

Check yourself: have you succumbed to this corporate speak epidemic?

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Is there any cure for this piece of corporate speak?

Incredible shrinking county: the tides at Freshwater Bay

A museum of dirty postcards and Britain’s coolest bulldog: visit the strange side of the Isle of Wight

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Every day the Isle of Wight becomes England’s smallest county: when-ever the tide comes in, the island steals the crown…

Life is full of little endings. We should pay them more attention

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Life is full of little endings. We should pay them more attention

Bing and Bob on the Road to Singapore. One had talent; the other tried harder

Did anyone ever really love Bob Hope?

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Why does everything these days have to be a superlative? Why must writers scream for our attention, yelling that the…

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The deep Britishness of fish and chips

1 November 2014 9:00 am

During the D-day landings, members of the parachute regiment, finding themselves behind enemy lines at night, needed a way of…

A compendium to match Radio 4: boring, but somehow gripping

11 October 2014 9:00 am

When you think about it, Radio 4 is mostly a pile of old toss. Money Box qualifies as an anaesthetic,…

Space odyssey: Ed White walking in space over New Mexico, Gemini 4, June 1965 Image: James McDivitt

The images from the Apollo missions will reduce you to tears

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Mark Mason on the images that make grown men cry

Switching on to a new generation gap

30 August 2014 9:00 am

In the world of YouTube and Netflix, generations no longer share a culture

Activity break: Nira Alpina also offers kite-surfing

Nira Alpina, St Moritz: A cool Alpine hotel that's perfect for the under-tens

16 August 2014 9:00 am

It’s a terrible moment, the realisation that you’ve spawned a monster. Parenthood, it becomes clear, has wiped stylish holidays off…

What’s wrong with sunglasses

26 July 2014 9:00 am

People who wear sunglasses all the time seem to radiate disdain

A Pearl by any other name: the Rosewood hotel

From prisons to offices to police stations – London's turning everything into hotels

21 June 2014 8:00 am

The test of a truly great city is reinvention. Does it have the courage to change? London holds a PhD…

When Geoff Boycott was a DJ in a Sydney nightclub

21 June 2014 8:00 am

Sport isn’t about putting a ball into a net or over a bar or into a hole. It’s about the…

Kindles will kill off the bookish loner (thank God)

14 June 2014 8:00 am

Kindle highlights turn the lonely pleasures of reading into a communal event

When the English cricket team toured Nazi Germany – and got smashed

7 June 2014 9:00 am

Why have the Germans never been any good at cricket? This entertaining account of the MCC’s 1937 tour to the…

Subterranea is sexy

26 April 2014 9:00 am

The strange fascination of tunnels and bunkers

Campbell’s Platform, a private unstaffed halt on the Welsh narrow guage Ffestiniog railway

The train stations that don’t really exist

26 April 2014 9:00 am

In 1964, as part of his railway cuts, Dr Beeching ordered the closure of Duncraig, a small, little-used station in…

Mortar fire, weddings, camels, the French revolution: all kind of things get in the way of cricket

5 April 2014 9:00 am

It isn’t just the elk, either. Also bringing proceedings to a halt in this wonderful anthology are camels (Bahrain), cows…

Whistling is a bloody nuisance

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Paul McCartney says he can remember the exact moment he knew the Beatles had made it. Early one morning, getting…

What other job lets you swear in front of your parents?

15 March 2014 9:00 am

There aren’t many jobs that allow a nice middle-class Jewish boy to say ‘fuck’ in front of his parents. But…