High life

The New York Times is leader of the pack in its anti-Trump agenda

Trump has driven the American media mad

10 November 2018 9:00 am

New York An old-fashioned party is a gathering of friends invited by the host or hostess, who foots the bill.…

Ah, Brooklyn I miss you: Brooklyn Heights, New York

A love letter to Brooklyn Heights

3 November 2018 9:00 am

New York I now know it by heart. Brooklyn Heights, that is. It takes 35 minutes by cab from where…

circa 1935: A view east on 42nd Street in New York City towards the Chrysler Building. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Requiem for New York

27 October 2018 9:00 am

New York   In the dark she still looks good. The mystery and magnetism linger until dawn, then you slowly…

Fear and loathing in New York

Why truth gets you nowhere

20 October 2018 9:00 am

New York   There is fear and loathing in this city, with men looking over their shoulders for the thought…

Partying with the Clintons

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad   The bells are ringing, the bells are ringing, ding dong, ding dong. The cows are down from up…

If Jeremy Corbyn gets in, then I’m out

6 October 2018 9:00 am

To London for much too brief a visit: a marriage, lunch with Commodore Tim Hoare, and a look-see for a…

I’m an equal of Socrates and Wittgenstein — and if anyone disputes it they can go to hell

29 September 2018 9:00 am

The grandest view of Gstaad and the surrounding Saanen valley bar none — and that includes the vista from my…

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…