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19 September 2020 9:00 am

Simon Collins ‘That’s 6 in a row. #Melbourne is, once again, the world’s most liveable city!’ So tweeted a proud…

Have big cities had their day?

19 September 2020 9:00 am

About 15 years ago I noticed a few surviving chattel houses in Barbados and wondered what they were. As it…

Dear Mary: how can I avoid my friend’s awful favourite restaurant?

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Q. Almost a year ago I attended the funeral of my godfather — a bachelor and distant relation whom I…

The Battle for Britain | 19 September 2020

19 September 2020 9:00 am

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Changing the rules

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Nothing courts us so nimbly as technology. Perhaps the chess computers have already won you over — I am dazzled…

No. 622

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Black to play. Jones–McShane, London Chess Classic 2019. Last year I played two games of no-castling chess with Gawain Jones,…

Spectator competition winners: poems in praise of naked cyclists

19 September 2020 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3166 you were invited to supply a poem either celebrating or lamenting the cancellation of Philadelphia’s annual…

2475: Poem VI

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Unclued lights are ten words taken from a poem quoted in ODQ. The poet’s name (two words) will appear diagonally…

2472: All-inclusive solution

19 September 2020 9:00 am

The perimeter quotation is from Mahler. Remaining unclued lights were names of symphonies: 12A Mahler / Schubert; 26A Haydn; 39A…

The WFH community are finally walking their own dogs — with terrible consequences

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Every time I get on a horse I have to face the likelihood that a dog, or pack of dogs,…

What Barbara Black’s choice of friends says about her

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad   I’m not usually nonplussed, but this is very strange: the memoir of Barbara Black, the wife of my…

Bridge | 19 September 2020

19 September 2020 9:00 am

My friend Ollie Burgess has just made the bold move of quitting his job in Manchester, and moving to London…

Why French car-boot sales are good for my mental health

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Hairpin bends in a stony forest. Downhill. Steep, then steeper. Smooth frictionless tarmac. I’ve got the car barely under control.…

With good wine, it’s all in the timing

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Three bottles, three questions that delivered three different answers. I was in Dorset — cannot keep away — enjoying the…

I admit it: I was wrong to back Boris

19 September 2020 9:00 am

A friend emailed me earlier this week in despair about the Prime Minister. ‘Boris reminds me of a hereditary king…

The heirs to Frankie Dettori

19 September 2020 9:00 am

It is all, it seems, in the tweaks. So said Aidan O’Brien, Ireland’s master-trainer supreme, before his tough filly Magical…

How a ‘back’ gets confused for a ‘bat’

19 September 2020 9:00 am

My husband may not often be right, but he had some cogent criticism of the much-quoted words of Geoffrey Howe…

Aussie Life & Language

12 September 2020 9:00 am

Giles Auty While clearing our cellar recently my wife and I came upon a compact printing press which her late…

Being a do-gooder did me no good at all

12 September 2020 9:00 am

Michael J. Sandel, the Harvard political philosopher, has a lot to answer for. Some armchair psychologists think the reason I…

Was the maskless man in my carriage dying of Covid?

12 September 2020 9:00 am

A man without a mask appeared to be dying of Covid, or something quite like it, on the London to…

Foden and Greenwood’s ingenious Icelandic rendezvous

12 September 2020 9:00 am

You suspect that a bar of duty-free Toblerone, no matter how supersized, wouldn’t really do the trick when hapless England…

Dear Mary: How can I get my social skills back after lockdown?

12 September 2020 9:00 am

Q. I have just been out to my first lunch in months. Ten of us sat around a table in…

The apex of civilisation: the Connaught Grill reviewed

12 September 2020 9:00 am

A ghost review, now, of a ghost restaurant: the Connaught Grill, which is yet to reopen after pandemic shuttered its…

The pleasures — and pain — of dog-walking

12 September 2020 9:00 am

The old dog was in a companionable frame of mind and she trotted along at my side, glancing up now…

Bridge | 12 September 2020

12 September 2020 9:00 am

The bridge world has lost some glittering stars this (ghastly) year, the latest being France’s Catherine d’Ovidio — multiple world…