Taki

Taki Theodoracopulos has written The Spectator's High Life column since 1977.

The only time I was ever spiked was when I called Jeffrey Epstein a raging paedophile

Another birthday has got me down, but the alternative is being dead

17 August 2019 9:00 am

If it hadn’t arrived I’d be dead, but it was hardly welcome: another birthday — 38 years old on 11…

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Standing on the Acropolis brings out the Greek in me

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Athens I am struggling up the slippery marble steps of the Acropolis with the Geldofs and the Bismarcks. We gaze…

Words of wisdom, and plenty of them, from the Irishman who saved Africa

Chatting to Bob Geldof about Boris and Brexit

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Coronis   We are steaming on Puritan towards the private isle of Coronis for a long Pugs weekend and the…

Greece’s new Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis promises higher growth and lower taxes [Getty]

No ‘cool’ people here: the joys of Serifos

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Serifos He went away to fight and the war lasted ten years. He missed his wife but he didn’t worry…

Let’s choose our politicians by random selection

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Athens Standing right below the Acropolis, where pure democracy began because public officials were elected by lot, I try to…

Coco Gauff won fair and square, but she played terrible tennis

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Martina Navratilova has never been shy about telling it like it is. She came out when other athletes were hiding…

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The death of free thought

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Hold the presses, this is a world exclusive. A Boris ex I sat next to last week gave me the…

Nice men make terrible leaders

29 June 2019 9:00 am

The Duke of Marlborough gave a toast last week that brought the house down during a Turning Point dinner for…

After the week I’ve just had will my liver ever recover?

22 June 2019 9:00 am

Bellamy’s and Oswald’s are the two best restaurants in London. They are owned by two friends of mine — both…

Boris is the only one who can save the Tories

15 June 2019 9:00 am

A lady once offered to go to bed with me if I could ensure that she would write The Spectator’s…

The joy of my grandson’s baptism

8 June 2019 9:00 am

They were putting the finishing touches to the giant tent as I drove up to Schloss Wolfsegg after an hour’s…

The softer side of Hemingway

1 June 2019 9:00 am

I didn’t like it, and then I did like it. But a writer’s job is to tell the truth, as…

My feud with Conrad Black

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Goody goody gumdrops! The Donald has pardoned Lord Black and I couldn’t be happier. Conrad got a bum deal and…

The death of New York’s nightlife

18 May 2019 9:00 am

New York   This is my last week in the Bagel and I’m going to give it the old college…

A lament for the UK and the US

11 May 2019 9:00 am

New York   Here’s a question for you: if your wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend, toy boy even, lied repeatedly to…

Sebastian Flyte had nothing on me: memories of a misspent youth

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Charlottesville is an enchanting Virginia college town graced by the neoclassical architecture of the university’s founder, Thomas Jefferson. I flew…

In praise of privacy

27 April 2019 9:00 am

David Niven’s younger son Jamie, now an old man and a bit overweight, approached my table and announced that he…

The comedy and tragedy of Trump

20 April 2019 9:00 am

New York On 21 April 1980, Rosie Ruiz won the fabled Boston Marathon in record time and looked as fresh…

My advice to men and women

13 April 2019 9:00 am

OK chaps, keep your hands where people can see them, and don’t touch. And try not to look. Soon that…

Mortimer Sackler and me

6 April 2019 9:00 am

New York   It was 51 years ago, in the Hôtel du Cap d’Antibes, that I first met the man…

My prescription to make New York happy again

30 March 2019 9:00 am

New York   This place feels funny, a bit like Beirut, where Christians, Jews, Muslims, Druze and encamped Palestinians live…

I’m back in New York: the city that’s perennially offended

23 March 2019 9:00 am

New York   Goodbye, snow-capped peaks; hello, swampy brown East River. So long, fresh alpine air; greetings to choking diesel…

Hulton Archive

The four times I have lied in 42 years writing this column

16 March 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   As Emperor Maximilian told his convulsed-by-tears servants as he was about to be executed by the Mexicans: ‘Who…

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Watching my grandchildren schussing down a mountain is what makes me happy now

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   As everyone knows, the definition of serendipity is searching for a needle in a haystack, and instead finding…

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I’ve contributed greatly to animal welfare, via the casino

2 March 2019 9:00 am

A rare British species, a womanising ex-foreign secretary, kissed and told about his brief affair with a yellow-eyed temptress last…