Simon Barnes

Girl power

5 August 2017 9:00 am

England won the cricket World Cup for the fourth time. Huzzah! England reached the semi-finals of the European football championship.…

Game changers

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Have you been cheering for the excellent Johanna Konta at Wimbledon? Go, Jo! Or should that be Go, Yo? Johanna…

Andy’s ace

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Who will you cheer for if Andy Murray meets Roger Federer at Wimbledon? It’s not a straightforward question, at least…

Chez newts

3 June 2017 9:00 am

The dragon hung motionless above the surface of the earth, belly picked out in the colours of fire and a…

Side-saddle is sexy

14 April 2017 11:00 pm

These days there are more than 1,000 members of the Side Saddle Association. Well, of course there are. People go…

Little birds, big trouble

18 March 2017 9:00 am

A British military base is being used for a multi-million-quid criminal enterprise, possibly involving the Russian mafia — and Britain…

Save our stables!

28 January 2017 9:00 am

There are plans in place to tax horses out of British life. Proposed adjustments in business rates for non–residential properties…

A stroke of genius

14 January 2017 9:00 am

The picture had been chosen for its utterly gratuitous depiction of female beauty. It showed Justine Henin, the Belgian tennis…

Not cricket

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Sport is a serious matter. If you have any doubts on that score, shed them now, because this is to…

The medal machine

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Never forget Atlanta. Every time a British athlete wins a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Rio, remember the…

Olympic Notebook

13 August 2016 9:00 am

How strange it is to be watching the Olympic Games on television. No wonder people have such rum ideas of…

What wasps do for us

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Dom Perignon, Pimms, Carling Black Label, Coca-Cola — one’s as good as the other, so far as they’re concerned. Even…

What do we gain by burning ivory?

4 June 2016 9:00 am

To mark World Environment Day this Sunday, Angola will celebrate its zero-tolerance approach to the illegal wildlife trade — the…

Sport is a fairytale factory – as Leicester City remind us

23 April 2016 9:00 am

It’s one of the oldest stories of them all, deeply embedded in our nature and our culture. In some ways…

I adore sport. I can no longer stomach boxing. Here’s why

2 April 2016 9:00 am

In the course of a queasy hour in Harley Street 30 years ago I learned a great deal about the…

How my disabled son has changed my mind about political correctness

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Here’s another stock joke for your collection: Pembroke College, Cambridge, has cancelled a fancy dress party themed on Around the…

The noisy, filthy, scary glory of geese

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Grumpy Gertie was killed in a drive-by shooting. This resident of the village of Sandon, near Letchworth, was shot at…

How humanity learned to love whales (and what they taught us in return)

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Last week a sperm whale was beached at Hunstanton in Norfolk and there was much horrified concern. A terrible sight,…

Novak Djokovic, the world number one, said that he turned down US$220,000 to throw a match. (Photo: Getty)

This could be the year that sport starts to die

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Like religion, sport can take any amount of passion in its stride. It’s indifference that’s the killer. Sport can be…

The joy of winter birdwatching (and how it’s changing)

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Crisis relocation. A term from the Cold War. It means being somewhere else when it happens. When the threat of…

Through terror and scandal, the joy of sport endures

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Ain’t it rum? Last week sport was morally bankrupt, finished, no longer worthy of taking up an intelligent person’s time…

How your garden can help save the hedgehog

3 October 2015 8:00 am

Here’s a strange truth about British life: we love a hedgehog. Britain is conspicuously short of an anti-hedgehog lobby. No…

Paula Radcliffe is a victim of our hypocrisy and confusion about drugs and sport

19 September 2015 8:00 am

Do you want to see Paula Radcliffe’s blood? If so, you’re not alone. Radcliffe, three-time winner of the London Marathon…

Rhinos are being wiped out for the sake of fairytales

29 August 2015 9:00 am

The idea of dyeing a rhino’s horn pink is not absurd. It’s everything else about the 21st-century rhino-human interface that’s…

Why nothing in sport beats thrashing the Aussies at cricket

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Adelaide airport, 2006. One of those serpentine check-in queues that bring you face to face with a long series of…