High life

The thrill of sailing rough seas

20 August 2022 9:00 am

Coronis I suppose there’s always a first time, and looking back it was bound to happen. I scrambled off a…

The curse of the jet-ski

13 August 2022 9:00 am

An F. Scott Fitzgerald biographer by the name of David S. Brown refers to America’s promotion of deviancy (my words)…

Sun-drenched days and too much wine: my summer on Patmos

6 August 2022 9:00 am

 Patmos Judging by the news, the world is finally coming apart: Chinese lab escapee Covid is still going strong, monkeypox…

How Monte Carlo went to hell

30 July 2022 9:00 am

I now find resorts more fun out of season. Civilised tourists are as rare as an intelligent Hollywood movie, so…

In praise of Spectator readers

23 July 2022 9:00 am

Michael Beloff, QC and past president of Trinity College Oxford, has just had his memoir reviewed in The Spectator, and…

The Oprah-fication of Wimbledon

16 July 2022 9:00 am

Now that the weakest Wimbledon since 1973 – the year of the boycott – is over, a few thoughts about…

The delights of two-timing

9 July 2022 9:00 am

Looking back and trying to choose just one out of those incomparably bewitching women of one’s youth can be tricky.…

In praise of the London sense of humour

2 July 2022 9:00 am

London As speaker at a posh dinner given by Jonathan and Jake Goedhuis, best UK wine merchants by far, and…

Don’t bet against Emmanuel Macron

25 June 2022 9:00 am

It’s nice to be back on the old continent again, especially after getting within a couple of hundred yards of…

The magic of black and white films

18 June 2022 9:00 am

He is a rich English lord with a very large house and his wife is a beautiful American with a…

The healing power of the Hamptons

11 June 2022 9:00 am

Southampton, Long Island These are peripatetic times for the poor little Greek boy, up to the Hamptons for some sun-seeking…

In praise of Greek royalty

4 June 2022 9:00 am

New York Prince Pavlos, heir to the Greek throne, turned 55 recently and I threw a small dinner for him.…

Welcome to post-truth America

28 May 2022 9:00 am

A couple more weeks in the Bagel and then on to dear old London. I’ve had a very good time…

The art of laziness

21 May 2022 9:00 am

New York Living a life of pleasure is fun, but it can also become tiresome. Living an ethical life of…

Is Klaus Schwab the greatest threat of our time?

14 May 2022 9:00 am

New York Alexandra rang me from London to enquire about a man by the name of Klaus Schwab: ‘He sounds…

The day Elizabeth Taylor kidnapped my daughter

7 May 2022 9:00 am

New York Back in the good old days the Carlyle Hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side was the hotel for…

The glory days of Central Park

30 April 2022 9:00 am

I celebrate two Easters every year, the Catholic one and the Orthodox one, which means I get very drunk on…

The sad demise of Brooks Brothers

23 April 2022 9:00 am

New York Our own Douglas Murray is the canary in the Bagel coal mine as of late. The left controls…

The age-old story of strongmen

16 April 2022 9:00 am

The only good news, after the massacres in Ukraine, is that so many ugly behemoth super-yachts have been seized and…

The art of the witty riposte

9 April 2022 9:00 am

One hundred or so years ago, a down-in-the-dumps Joseph Roth wrote to Stefan Zweig: ‘The barbarians have taken over.’ Later…

My lack of schadenfreude worries me

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Something has been bothering me of late, and that is my total lack of schadenfreude. The malicious pleasure at someone’s…

In praise of amateurs

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Two weeks ago in St Moritz I ran into both Nicolas Niarchos and Nikolai von Bismarck, two talented young men…

The folly of Nato enlargement

19 March 2022 9:00 am

If western universities were not brimming with leftist professors, the present situation in Ukraine would surprise no one. History would…

The books that made me who I am

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Gstaad This is my last week in the Alps and I’m trying to get it all in – skiing, cross-country,…

St Moritz is unique among ski resorts

5 March 2022 9:00 am

St Moritz Once upon a time, not that long ago, St Moritz was the world’s greatest resort, an exclusive winter…