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Madrí wouldn’t fool a true Spaniard

15 June 2024 9:00 am

Four years ago, Madrí didn’t exist. Today, the faux Spanish lager is sold in a quarter of British pubs, which…

What war graves teach us about peace

8 June 2024 9:00 am

Hugh Jones was 29 when he was killed in action. On Wednesday, the eve of the 80th anniversary of D-Day,…

Assassination attempts, executions and volleyball: a history of Horse Guards

1 June 2024 9:00 am

Will they never learn? The signs are very clear: ‘Beware! Horses may kick or bite.’ Yet last week a woman…

The unbeatable glory of a doner kebab

25 May 2024 9:00 am

Ionce shared a bed with a doner kebab. I’d hungrily joined a 3 a.m. queue for much needed post-pub sustenance,…

All boys should own a Swiss Army knife

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Last week, Carl Elsener of Victorinox, makers of the Swiss Army knife (all other manufacturers must refer to their products…

Tom Cruise and the art of falconry

11 May 2024 9:00 am

Last week, the Hollywood team making the latest Mission Impossible film was desperate to clear Trafalgar Square of its superabundant…

In praise of the 1/3 pint

4 May 2024 9:00 am

The worst thing that happened to me over the pandemic was I got ‘really into beer’. I was already into…

Men, step away from the trainers

27 April 2024 9:00 am

What is it with men and trainers? Or rather, men of a certain age and trainers. I’m still trying to…

Kippers could save your life

20 April 2024 9:00 am

I miss kippers. My wife won’t let me eat them at home, and they have become a rarity in restaurants.…

City folk go wild for wild garlic

13 April 2024 9:00 am

For a certain type of Barbour-clad middle-aged man, the best time of year is late summer, and the arrival of…

Why I’ll never own a pair of jeans

6 April 2024 9:00 am

North Korea has a problem with Alan Titchmarsh’s crotch. Last week a 2010 episode of Garden Secrets was aired on…

The thrill of busking

9 March 2024 9:00 am

Why criminals love a tunnel

20 January 2024 9:00 am