Notebook

The challenges of being an England supporter in Italy

17 July 2021 9:00 am

  Dante’s Beach, Ravenna My fiery Italian wife Carla is not just a passionate patriot but also a devout Catholic, and…

The Prince Harryfication of Boris Johnson

10 July 2021 9:00 am

The acting one sees upon the stage doesn’t show how human beings actually comport themselves in crises, but simply how…

How will Carrie cope with the hideousness of Chequers?

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Zut alors! The court of King Boris gets more like Versailles each day. With some talcum powder on that ramshackle…

After London lockdown, LA is like Disneyland

10 April 2021 9:00 am

When I arrived a month ago, one wouldn’t believe LA was suffering a major pandemic. The roads were still busy…

The joy and suffering of writing a book

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Spring is coming. There was snow in the garden till last week, here in Canada, where I have been spending…

Will the Tokyo Olympics go ahead?

13 March 2021 9:00 am

 Tokyo This week was the tenth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in…

Did I give Russ Abbot Covid?

6 March 2021 9:00 am

For the past few weeks there’s been a 7 p.m. curfew in Barbados as part of what the government calls…

Here in Texas, Hell has frozen over

27 February 2021 9:00 am

 Austin ‘If I owned Texas and Hell,’ General Phil Sheridan famously said, ‘I would rent out Texas and live in…

John le Carré’s wild MI6 Christmas parties

13 February 2021 9:00 am

In the middle of December, for reasons I’m coming to, I woke early in a posh hotel. I lay semi-dozing…

My taste of lockdown freedom on the Camino pilgrimage

30 January 2021 9:00 am

A few of the hip young things sitting along the Lisbon quayside turned their heads my way as my walking…

Wallace Arnold: Pity the hard-pressed Snuff Community

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Could it really be 40 years since one was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature? Borne up…

Cressida Bonas: My perfectly imperfect lockdown wedding

19 December 2020 9:00 am

I had a lockdown wedding. A 30-person, socially-distanced, sanitised church service was organised in under two weeks. Restrictions meant no…

Joan Collins: The politics of Christmas trees

19 December 2020 9:00 am

To say that the past nine months have been tough is like saying a hurricane felt like a spring shower.…

Mick Fleetwood: Why Peter Green was the greatest guitarist

19 December 2020 9:00 am

In a normal week, I would jam with local musicians, but that stopped in March and we musicians miss the…

Jonathan Biss: The sadness and euphoria of playing to an empty room

19 December 2020 9:00 am

My November was bookended by two characteristic displays of grace. I ushered it in by falling on all fours while…

Petronella Wyatt: I’m not surprised Michael Gove is a lockdown fanatic

19 December 2020 9:00 am

What this government needs is a good dose of the London mob, which at its height in the 18th century…

Quentin Letts: The unstoppable rise of June Sarpong

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Eton’s free-speech rumpus must surely become a David Hare play, Goodbye Mr Had-Yer-Chips, starring Jeremy Irons as the headmaster and…

The rotten legacy of communism in Albania

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Our heavily laden taxi turned off the main highway from Tirana and started to negotiate the rough, one-track road. The…

How the NHS has coped with the second wave

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Across Europe, hospitals have been filling up again with the second wave of coronavirus. France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and the…

Bangkok’s unravelling was easy to see coming

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Three years ago I sat down to write a novel set in my adopted home city. Placing its claustrophobic action…

Trump’s humour is his weakness – and his strength

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Earlier this summer left-wing activists announced a ‘semi-autonomous zone’ in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle. Denuded of law enforcement…

Being pro-Trump has caused me more grief than being Bin Laden’s niece

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Americans are, in my experience, the warmest, most kind-hearted and open-minded people in the world. I have found this to…

Bas Javid: Why I joined the police

3 October 2020 9:00 am

There’s no such thing as a typical week in policing and this last one was no different. It started on…

In Madagascar, more will starve than die of the virus

26 September 2020 9:00 am

Earlier this month, in his weekly address to the nation, our President, the former DJ and coup leader Andry Rajoelina,…

The joy of eating birdseed

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Rather like unpacking after a holiday, when you take unworn clothes from the case still neatly folded because the occasion…