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Italian red wine: The start of the affair

19 September 2013 1:00 pm

I was taught to admire and respect, even revere, the great red wines of France: the growths of Bordeaux, the…

Spirits: Yo ho ho

19 September 2013 1:00 pm

Until a few years ago, I knew nothing about rum. There was the dark stuff, coveted by the pirates of…

My father’s cellar

19 September 2013 1:00 pm

The cellars at Combe Florey, the house in Somerset in which I grew up, were a place of mystery and…

The shape of that bottle looks familiar: cider judging, Bath, 1950

Cider: First of the fizz

19 September 2013 1:00 pm

It has become a commonplace fact, beloved of pub quizzes, that an Englishman, Christopher Merret, invented Champagne. There is even…

Spanish white wine: Swill, spit, glug

19 September 2013 1:00 pm

Ah, this all started out so well, and with such good intentions. This attempt of mine to write seriously and…

Spanish white wine: Swill, spit, glug

19 September 2013 1:00 pm

Ah, this all started out so well, and with such good intentions. This attempt of mine to write seriously and…

End of the party - how British political leaders ran out of followers

14 September 2013 9:00 am

The decline of tribal loyalties spells the end of the big traditional political organisations

Braveheart banking: the fall of RBS

14 September 2013 9:00 am

The RBS disaster has a distinctly Scottish flavour

Richard Dawkins interview: 'I have a certain love for the Anglican tradition'

14 September 2013 9:00 am

Richard Dawkins shows off his human side

The importance of not being called Nigel

14 September 2013 9:00 am

The importance of not being Nigel

Time for our leaders to stop talking about 'justice' in Syria if we can't or won't enforce it

14 September 2013 9:00 am

Our leaders should stop talking about ‘justice’ in Syria – honesty may be the best and only realistic policy

When Syria sneezes, Lebanon catches a cold

14 September 2013 9:00 am

  Beirut News that the Syrian regime has agreed to hand in its arsenal of chemical weapons is a great…

The ideal death show

14 September 2013 9:00 am

I am in a yurt, talking about death. Everyone is seated in a circle, and I am the next-to-last person…

Notes on…Classic cruising

14 September 2013 9:00 am

We arrive at the tiny Greek island of Sikinos on a blustery day, making landing rather difficult. Is there transport…

Why zig-zagging Obama can't be taken seriously on Syria

7 September 2013 9:00 am

The West does have a dog in the Syria fight. But it’s on the losing side of the losing side

Obama knows that America has lost its appetite for war

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Obama has realised that America has lost its appetite for war

Seamus Heaney's poems are for Protestants too

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Seamus Heaney’s poetry from the other side of Northern Ireland’s divide

Italians for Maggie

7 September 2013 9:00 am

The Circolo Culturale Margaret Thatcher, which wants to institute an Anglo-Saxon Tory party in Italy, has a plan

Parliament has finally woken up – because voters are keeping their MPs in line

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Today’s MPs are no longer scared of the whips. Instead, they are scared of their constituents. That’s a good thing

Hospital food isn’t a joke. It’s a scandal

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Hospital food isn’t a joke. It’s a scandal

Notes on…Sicily

7 September 2013 9:00 am

It could be, in Sicily, there comes a time when you’ve had your fill of seaside calamari and cheap white…

David Cameron’s wars: How the PM learned to love precision bombing

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Supporters of intervention in Syria will be the first to desert Cameron when the going gets tough

Whoever wins in Syria, its Christians will lose

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Don’t expect the government to raise its voice for Syria’s Christians

The charity that could make you love social workers

31 August 2013 9:00 am

The charity that could make the public love social workers– and why many social workers don’t like it

Welcome to Ryanair Britain

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Local councils, banks, railway companies and the taxman have all learned the art of ‘pirate pricing’