Simon Barnes

Why are killer whales attacking boats?

26 June 2023 10:26 pm

Orcas – killer whales no less – are on the attack. They have declared war on humanity. They are systematically…

The surprising cultural life of orcas

29 March 2023 2:22 am

Male killer whales are all mamas’ boys. That’s not a revelation; their curious and intense social lives have been studied…


18 February 2023 9:00 am

The ethics of eating octopus

16 January 2021 9:00 am

The questionable ethics of eating octopus

The rise and fall of mink

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Mink keeps you warm. That’s a most acceptable bonus, but its prime function is status. This week, however, the focus…

Why whales sing: it’s a question of culture

6 June 2020 9:00 am

Of course animals have culture

What’s the point of boxing?

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Why do we box?

Maro Itoje is a national hero for our time

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Sport is a paradox. It’s supposed to be. Sport divides, but then again, sport unites. The England rugby union team…

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…