Life

The appeal of ugly men

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad Lenin Moreno is in trouble, despite his very unchristian first name. For any of you unfamiliar with the name,…

How I found salvation in a church in Torquay

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Last Tuesday a Mistral wind blowing across the Bay of Angels jerked the plane all over the shop as it…

The pros and cons of robot vision

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Being told I am now both short-sighted and long-sighted feels like someone is playing a very bad joke on me.…

What our 500kg house bull taught us about the value of life

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Death and failure are more integral to farming than any other experience that I’ve witnessed in my life. Some things…

Bridge

15 February 2020 9:00 am

The annual Icelandic bridge tournament, held in Reykjavik at the end of January, is one of the best on the…

Beasts of the board

15 February 2020 9:00 am

The Dutch artist Theo Jansen has a unique speciality. His ‘Strandbeest’ (beach animals) are kinetic sculptures, which he likes to…

no. 591

15 February 2020 9:00 am

White to play, Dubov–Artemiev, Wijk aan Zee 2020. White is pressing here, but Black seems to have everything covered. Which…

Just the job

15 February 2020 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3135 you were invited to submit an application letter for a job at No. 10 from a fictional…

2444: Ones in the country

15 February 2020 9:00 am

The unclued entries (three of two words, and two hyphened) share an origin   Across 1    Put an end to…

to 2441: To and Fro

15 February 2020 9:00 am

FRANCIS THOMPSON, born in PRESTON, wrote THE HOUND OF HEAVEN and a poem, AT LORD’S, remembering the run-stealers that flicker…

Even the Oscars after-parties have lost their shine

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Reading about the Oscars this week, I couldn’t help thinking back to a time when they actually meant something. When…

The Battle for Britain

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Dear Mary: What is the etiquette about kissing during the coronavirus scare?

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Q. I am having a drinks party to celebrate the publication of my latest book. I sent out invitations (to…

What the Premier League could learn from ski racers

15 February 2020 9:00 am

What we have learned in the past few weeks: 1) Don’t play rugby in a howling gale, even though for…

Criminally good food: The Yard at Great Scotland Yard reviewed

15 February 2020 9:00 am

The Yard is a defiantly themed restaurant in Hyatt’s new Great Scotland Yard Hotel, an Edwardian red-brick block which once…

The Streatham stabbing is being investigated at pace. But what does that mean?

15 February 2020 9:00 am

In Arnold Bennett’s Tales of the Five Towns, a young dog called Ellis Carter takes a girl for a drive…

The golden age of nightclubs

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

I find myself detached from mainstream culture. It started with the demise of nightclubs like Annabel’s and the arrival of…

Is gluttony no longer a sin?

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

I’ve no interest in food. None. But for the three other journalists on our press trip, eating was a consuming…

The builder boyfriend has fallen off the roof – and still he won’t see a doctor

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

The builder boyfriend fell off a roof. He didn’t tell me until he could no longer leave unexplained why he…

The saviours of racing

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

I was once at a racing dinner in York where a distinguished clergyman in attendance was invited to say grace.…

Bridge

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

As hosts of this year’s Lady Milne Trophy — the women’s home international series — England get to field two…

Meeting an idol

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

We had never met, but David Paravyan, from Russia, has been something of a personal idol since August 2018. My…

no. 590

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Black to move, Paravyan vs McShane, Isle of Man 2019. Here I intended 49…Bxd1. What had Paravyan planned after that…

Cat call

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

In Competition No. 3134 you were invited to submit a poem featuring one of T.S. Eliot’s practical cats getting to…

2443: Middle of the road

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

The unclued lights are of a kind. Chambers does not include 17D.   Across 4    New cabinet door which bears…