High life

An audience with the Pope

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Perception and reality, truth and falsehood, black and white; nowadays the salivating chattering classes don’t know their arse from a…

The white DJ: permissible only in Palm Beach, Biarritz or on the Riviera

My faux pas at the Duke of Beaufort’s bash

15 September 2018 9:00 am

A letter from a reader in South Africa mentions that the writer’s father insisted a white dinner jacket was permissible…

View of the Balos beach on the Gramvousa peninsula, northwestern Crete Island on July 15, 2010. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The joy of a Greek summer

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Some jerk know-nothing writes in an unreadable American newspaper that Greece is back — Athens, actually. He would, he’s an…

Wild flowers and mountain peaks are no substitute for a pretty woman

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad The pastoral heaven of this place can get very dull during the summer months. Green hillsides, neat farmsteads, pleasing…

My marriage secret? I’m a faithless husband, but a good one

25 August 2018 9:00 am

This was a real surprise, and on my birthday (11 August) to boot: a grown man, whose parents I used…

The case for bringing back feudalism

18 August 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad I need it like Boris needs a bleach job. Another birthday, that is. Birthdays tend to make your life…

Amazon and Facebook: the twin evils of our age

11 August 2018 9:00 am

They used to say that the primary function of a boat was to be beautiful. I suppose that is why…

Sailing past the charred eastern coast of Greece

4 August 2018 9:00 am

On board S/Y Puritan   I’m sailing off the charred eastern coast of Athens where so many died last week,…

The books and novelists I have read

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Reading is the best antidote to debauchery I know of, and I’ve been hitting the books lately. History mostly. Once…

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…