Mark Mason

The comedy club theory of dictatorship

8 February 2014 9:00 am

The comedy club theory of dictatorship

Through It All I’ve Always Laughed, by Count Arthur Strong - review

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Fans of Count Arthur Strong (and yes I know he’s so Marmite you could spread him on a cheese sandwich)…

When 'drop-dead gorgeous' women actually dropped dead

19 October 2013 9:00 am

No one watches Antiques Roadshow for the antiques. Instead we’re hanging on the punter’s reaction to his three-grand valuation. ‘It…

Chaps, if we want grandchildren, we need to stop the skinny jeans fad

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Why will no one sell trousers that fit me?

Ruin near Kelso, Mojave Desert, California

Walking in Ruins, by Geoff Nicholson - review

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Geoff Nicholson is the Maharajah of Melancholy. The quality was there in his novels, it was there in his non-fiction…

A modern take on Victoriana

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Britain is still an essentially Victorian country (see Daily Mail for details). So it’s no surprise that we keep returning…

In defence of binge drinking

24 August 2013 9:00 am

The occasional alcoholic blowout is much to be preferred to steady, everyday drinking

Land of Second Chances, by Tim Lewis - review

27 July 2013 9:00 am

This is a book about Rwanda. It’s a book about cycling. But it’s not, in the end, a book about…

Last orders at the Death Café

20 July 2013 9:00 am

An attempt to break the taboo on mortality with the aid of coffee and biscuits

The Authors XI, by The Authors Cricket Club - review

13 July 2013 9:00 am

We were never going to get ‘come to the party’ or ‘a hundred and ten per cent’ from The Authors…