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The Spectator

Life

High life

Why truth gets you nowhere

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

Low life

Guns and gin: just another Spectator Wine Club lunch

East of London the Thames broadens dramatically to a surreal waste of mud and sewage-coloured water lined with shipping-container dumps.…

Real life

Silicon Valley’s evil plan

After months of trying not to try the exciting new version of Gmail, the exciting new version of Gmail tried…

Bridge

Bridge

I’ve just come back from ten days in Orlando, but don’t ask me what it’s like — I haven’t a…

Chess

Ship ahoy

The Evans Gambit was invented by a British naval officer of the early part of the 19th century, Captain W.D. Evans,…

Chess puzzle

no. 528

White to play. This position is from Khmelniker-Harari, Isle of Man 2017. How did White make the most of his…

Competition

Mary, Mary…

In Competition No. 3070 you were invited to provide a poem with the title ‘When I Grow Up I Want…

Crossword

2381: Step changes

1 Across and 45 Across form a phrase, and the other unclued entries form a word ladder linking them, by…

Crossword solution

to 2378: Boundary

LIMES (22), a term for a boundary of the ROMAN EMPIRE (7 30), is a DEFINITION (19) of five items…

No sacred cows

Why are faceless accusations allowed to end men’s careers?

On 11 October 2017 an anonymous Google spreadsheet began doing the rounds of American newspapers and magazines — a document…

Spectator sport

The terrible injury toll of modern rugby

Eddie Jones’s sorrows as England’s rugby coach certainly keep coming in big battalions. Now the giant battered No 8 Billy…

Dear Mary

Dear Mary: My friend’s cooked breakfasts make me gag

Q. My fiancé and I spend many great weekends with another couple. I am a vegetarian and quite particular about…

Food

Breakfast for idiots: it was the wrong time of day for a visit to Gazelle Mayfair

I couldn’t find Gazelle. I walked up and down Albermarle Street, in which Oscar Wilde once plotted his own doom…

Mind your language

Mind your language: Woman, women, womxn

When I say that it has given comfort to my husband, you can judge how foolish the Wellcome Institute was…