Simon Barnes

All hail the return of the crane

6 October 2018 9:00 am

The RSPB regularly gets calls from people who have seen ‘a funny bird’. ‘It’s got a red head and it’s…

How Nike turned a protest about racial injustice into advertising

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Every so often sport bursts its banks, spills from its usual courses and goes flooding incontinently onto the news pages.…

The agony of World Cup penalties

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Last week, for the first time since 1996, and for the second time in nine attempts, England won a match…

The joy of bird-listening

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Here’s a rum thing: you can tell the quality of a piece of land with your eyes closed. Your ears…

When does cricketing banter cross the line?

17 March 2018 9:00 am

‘Good morning, my name’s Cowdrey.’ England batsman Colin, later Lord Cowdrey, to the Australian fast bowler Jeff Thomson. ‘That’s not…