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Kiwi life

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Is it possible to be simultaneously entertained and depressed?  Well, yes. Just try living in New Zealand in 2024. The…

Language

18 May 2024 9:00 am

If your younger acquaintances start referring to you (or anything you do) as ‘mid’ they are not being polite. For…

‘Great restaurants can’t thrive in Hampstead’: Ottolenghi reviewed

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Ottolenghi is an Israeli deli co-owned by Yotam Ottolenghi, an Israeli Jew, and Sami Tamimi, a Palestinian Muslim. They met…

The early tragedy of the flat season

18 May 2024 9:00 am

The Flat season proper has opened with an almighty shock and a cruel tragedy. First City of Troy, the latest…

Is pro-golf eating itself?

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Spare a thought for Manchester United’s Erik ten Hag. He’s got a fairly crummy, injury-hit team who appear to have…

Confessions of a catnapper

18 May 2024 9:00 am

As Christopher Snowdon recently pointed out, the past few governments have had a habit of passing laws that are either…

Dear Mary: how should I thank a friend for dead flowers?

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Q. I left fashion school last year and since then I’ve spent most of my time applying for jobs and…

Can you ‘go gangbusters’?

18 May 2024 9:00 am

‘Is it anything to do with cockle-picking?’ asked my husband, confident he was on the right track. Naturally he wasn’t.…

No. 801

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Four Nations

18 May 2024 9:00 am

I feel for my Jewish friends

18 May 2024 9:00 am

‘So what you’re telling me,’ said the priest to the builder boyfriend, ‘is that you were brought up by Irish…

2654: 14-222

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Spectator competition: Marking time

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Competition 3349 invited you to write a poem riffing on the line ‘I have measured out my life with coffee spoons’,…

‘Terribly chic’: how to make chouquettes

18 May 2024 9:00 am

I have become obsessed with the French idea of goûter, the time in the afternoon when French schoolchildren have a…

How a hitchhiker gave me a glimpse into my past

18 May 2024 9:00 am

On the mantel shelf of the cave there’s an invitation to my middle daughter’s wedding in August. This happy event…

Aussie life

11 May 2024 9:00 am

As the terrible events in Bondi Junction last month reminded us, fortune doesn’t always favour the brave. Indeed, the courage…

Language

11 May 2024 9:00 am

Speccie reader Terry writes to ask when and where did ‘non-binary’ come into the language – and who applied it…

2653: Order! Order!

11 May 2024 9:00 am

Do voters really prefer Starmer?

11 May 2024 9:00 am

Rishi Sunak has been widely ridiculed for trying to spin the local election results as bad news for Keir Starmer.…

How to solve ‘range anxiety’

11 May 2024 9:00 am

In ‘The Adventure of Silver Blaze’, Sherlock Holmes mentions ‘the curious incident of the dog in the night-time’. ‘But the…