Notebook

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…

I’d never seen a princess wear statement socks – until Anne

25 July 2020 9:00 am

Not since the befuddled twilight of George III has a monarch been confined to Windsor Castle for such a duration.…

We’re spending lockdown defending a family of mice

11 July 2020 9:00 am

 Austin My first Independence Day in the US for many years. Usually I’d be in Paris avoiding Texas heat. My…

The bluff and bluster of Boris’s bland boy Brexiteers

4 July 2020 9:00 am

From the balcony where I take my daily exercise there is a view of the commercial centre of London that…

I thought I’d left looting mobs behind in the Middle East

13 June 2020 9:00 am

Last week shattered all my sense of stability and permanence in New York, the city I’ve called home since 2012…

Why is it that age limits never apply to men?

6 June 2020 9:00 am

I’d never have thought I’d be good at doing nothing. Or rather walking the dogs, loafing in the sun, trying…

Why is the WHO so worried about Tanzania?

23 May 2020 9:00 am

Dar es Salaam The World Health Organisation has drawn up a shortlist of countries it’s most concerned about during the…

How to go clubbing without leaving your living room

16 May 2020 9:00 am

To my surprise, what I miss most about life before the lockdown are parties. As others pine for restaurants and…

I hate joggers more than ever

25 April 2020 9:00 am

Empathy and kindness in these difficult times come more easily to some than others, but I’m trying. I had heart…

Faith, hope and charity: how I survived coronavirus

18 April 2020 9:00 am

I write this on Easter Sunday, sitting comfortably at home, recovering from my brush with Covid-19. I was hospitalised for…

In New York’s hospitals, we need all the help we can get

11 April 2020 9:00 am

 New York I hear it said now and again that Covid-19 is just a nasty winter bug, nothing more than…