High life

Watch out, London: I might be moving back

21 July 2018 9:00 am

New York I am seriously thinking of moving back to London. The family insists on it. New York, they say,…

Why I am not drinking for the rest of the year

14 July 2018 9:00 am

What a week this has been! What a great mood I’m in! Why, it’s almost like being in bed… with…

The limitations of left-wing hacks

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Oh, to be in England, and almost die of heat after the Austrian Alps. Yes, Sarah Sands was right in…

Is it time to move to Austria?

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Schloss Wolfsegg   I was watching two very old men slowly approaching the open doors of the Pilatus airplane I…

The Bible’s #MeToo problem

23 June 2018 9:00 am

New York I write this on my last day in the Bagel, and it sure is a scorcher, heat and…

Here’s why not to go to the Hamptons

16 June 2018 9:00 am

New York The summertime exodus is upon us. The Hamptons are overflowing with mouth-frothing groupies looking for celebrities, and the…

50 years after Bobby Kennedy’s murder, the ‘deep state’ still reigns supreme

9 June 2018 9:00 am

New York   This week 50 years ago saw the assassination of Robert Kennedy, a man I met a couple…

Were all those young lives lost at Normandy in vain?

2 June 2018 9:00 am

I’m back in New York and digesting the five glorious days spent in Normandy. What was the fighting all about,…

Dispatch from Pegasus Bridge, Normandy

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Pegasus Bridge, Normandy   We’re taking morning coffee at the Café Gondrée, which skirts the bridge. It still belongs to…

In praise of the Wehrmacht

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Omaha Beach, Normandy I am standing in a German cement bunker having walked through a large gaping hole caused by…

Did Jared Kushner punish Qatar because of a building on Fifth Avenue?

12 May 2018 9:00 am

New York Talk about high life this is not. I smelled a rat long ago, but then the scent got…

The rise – and rise – of Trump Derangement Syndrome

5 May 2018 9:00 am

New York ‘What do we do with these men?’ thundered a New York Times headline. It was followed by a…

Fascism isn’t rising, but bien-pensant hysteria certainly is

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Benito lives! The Blackshirts are here. Fascism is on the march — at least according to Madeleine Albright, secretary of…

It is a sin to die in the Land of the Depraved

21 April 2018 9:00 am

New York Remember when the internet, Twitter, Facebook and other such useless gimmicks were supposed to usher in an era…

Circe has been recast as the girl next door – it’s a sign of the times

14 April 2018 9:00 am

When poor old battered Odysseus landed on Circe’s island having lost all his ships (except his flagship) when he tangled…

In The US of A, it’s a woman’s, woman’s, woman’s world!

7 April 2018 9:00 am

New York If Albanian television had shown the programme CBS did last week — with a woman who has sex…

The truth about Prince Charles

31 March 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad At dinner the other night a friend wondered what came first, social climbing or name-dropping? It’s obviously a very…

I’ll never again set foot in the Eagle Club

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad A couple of columns ago I wrote about an incident that took place at the Eagle Club here in…

Virtual currencies will be our salvation

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad I never made it to Zurich but met up with Steve Bannon through the miracle of technology, thanks to…

My date with Steve Bannon

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad The muffled sound of falling snow is ever-present. It makes the dreary beautiful and turns the bleak into magic.…

Taki’s guide to style

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad They have busy eyes and the set of their mouths is that of a hungry carnivore. Their hands are…

I dream of my perfect state: Sparta

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad It was nostalgia time at Prince Victor Emmanuel’s birthday party here, with many old friends reminiscing about our youthful…

Taki: My #MeToo moment

17 February 2018 9:00 am

#MeToo! It happened right here, in Gstaad, last week. A man in his mid-fifties, about six foot tall and 165lb,…

Taki: Where’s Norman Mailer when you need him?

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad For some strange reason there have been no #MeToo complaints around these parts. Some locals have grumbled about yours…

Why I am hanging up my crystal ball

3 February 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad I caught a whiff of it as it rolled in from the east, the smell of hypocrisy being different…