Mark Palmer

Putin’s World Cup is the most political tournament ever

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Politics and sport should never mix is the hoary old chestnut — but they always do. It’s a thrilling concoction.…

Good grief: Death isn’t something you just get over

5 May 2018 9:00 am

Just over a year ago, my best friend dropped dead. He was in his early sixties and many of us…

No strings: padel is played with a solid racquet

Padel power! But will this crazy new sport ever be a hit?

20 January 2018 9:00 am

When we arrived, we discovered that our villa had a padel court. Few of us had seen one before and…

Low spirits

7 October 2017 9:00 am

You may have noticed that we’re in the throes of a 21st-century Gin Craze. It’s not as serious as the…

Would you prefer useless or expensive? The truth about tooth-whitening

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Ruby Wax makes the point (repeatedly but it still gets a laugh) that the British discovered the practice of brushing…

Banish the canapé and give me a cocktail sausage!

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Even the name is pretentious. And something of a misnomer, too. After all, a canapé comes from the French word…

On song: Bob Dylan performs at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in 2011; photographers are banned on his current tour

Never again, I told myself last time Bob Dylan was in town

29 October 2015 9:00 am

We were like four hapless contestants on University Challenge. None of us knew the answer. But just like they do…

Palaces and alleyways: Stone Town

The wonders of Zanzibar’s Stone Town

17 October 2015 9:00 am

Zanzibar has become a honeypot for honeymooners — with good reason. This exotic island is a mere six degrees south…

Bring back the bungalow!

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Sheila Pugh is 91 and in good health. She lives on her own in Congleton, Cheshire, where she takes pleasure…

Mario Balotelli (Photo: Jamie McDonald/Getty)

I've loved football for decades. Now I dread the start of the season

8 August 2015 9:00 am

What a terrific summer of sport it’s been: a wonderful Wimbledon, a rollicking Royal Ascot, an absorbing Ashes series that…

Letter from Cuba: The tourists are coming – but don’t expect Walmart just yet

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Sloppy Joe’s — which starred in the film of Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana — was always likely to…

Why I'm proud to have an England flag on my Audi

14 June 2014 8:00 am

World Cup fever has arrived. Every morning on the way to work, more little plastic flags of St George flutter…

View of Antibes

My mother's passport to the Antibes good life

3 May 2014 9:00 am

My mother always said she wanted to ‘die tidy’. But I never imagined she would file everything away quite so…

Warning: upspeak can wreck your career

15 February 2014 9:00 am

A few weeks ago, I accompanied my daughter to an Open Day at Roehampton College, where she is hoping to…