Animals

Rebuilding phase: shipping-container shopping in Christchurch

Aftershocks and polo ponies in Christchurch, New Zealand

12 March 2016 9:00 am

On my first night in Christchurch, I woke at 3.32 a.m. to what felt like an explosion. My bed was…

The noisy, filthy, scary glory of geese

5 March 2016 9:00 am

They’re noisy, filthy, scary – and glorious. No wonder we have such complicated feelings about them

How humanity learned to love whales (and what they taught us in return)

13 February 2016 9:00 am

How humanity learned to love them – and what we learned about ourselves in the process

Dear Mary: Must I have name badges for guests at my wedding?

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Q. My husband-to-be and I both work full time. We are getting married from his family HQ and his kind…

Henry Worsley and the annals of heroic British failure

30 January 2016 9:00 am

So near and yet so far Henry Worsley died in a Chilean hospital of peritonitis after being airlifted from Antartica,…

The many fights over the Lord’s Prayer

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Amen corner Digital Cinema Media, a company which distributes adverts to cinemas, refused to allow an advert which involves the…

Dreaming of bringing your favourite pet back to life? Soon it could be reality

14 November 2015 9:00 am

The super-rich are already bringing beloved dogs and horses back to life. Soon the rest of us will be able to do it too

A piece of primeval England reborn in Sussex

30 May 2015 9:00 am

A piece of ancient England is being reborn around a castle in Sussex

In praise of the pit bull terrier

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Last night I saw a woman dancing with a pit bull terrier. It was about 9 p.m. and her curtains…

Welcome to Miliband country: how Labour would wreck rural life

2 May 2015 9:00 am

A ‘progressive alliance’ would be a profound threat to rural life

Humans are doing democracy wrong. Bees are doing it right

2 May 2015 9:00 am

What the hive knows about democracy that humans have yet to learn

It really must be a mid-life crisis. I’ve fallen in love with a pony

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Because I’m reckless, stupid and irresponsible, I normally get landed with the biggest, most obstreperous hunters. But the other weekend…

What to do with a squirrel (without getting prosecuted)

21 March 2015 9:00 am

Squirrels have much to teach us – once they’ve finished eating our nuts

How (not) to poison a dog

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Deadly to dogs An Irish setter was allegedly poisoned at Crufts, using beef containing slug pellets. Some other substances with which dog-show rivals…

A dog to remember (and the wine he inspired)

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Meeting to taste wine, we started by talking about dogs. Roy Hattersley is good on the subject, which ought to…

The Tooting poisoner and the relentless rise of the urban fox

7 February 2015 9:00 am

In my London neighbourhood, an argument about urban foxes is turning very nasty indeed

Revealed: five British royals who definitely slept with underage girls

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Teen queens The Duke of York denied allegations in court papers that he had had sexual relations with a girl…

Three glamorous guests, 1921

A miracle: French hotels actually like dogs

22 November 2014 9:00 am

The first time I checked in to a French hotel with a golden retriever — his name was Gregory, predecessor…

Why do we care about the mutts from Manchester and not the chickens from KFC?

27 September 2014 9:00 am

Our attitude to animals and their suffering is bonkers

I believe in animal research. But it’s time to draw a line

16 August 2014 9:00 am

I believe in animal research. But is there really a justification for using animals in biology lessons?

Spectator letters: America as a genetic experiment, and a gypsy reply to Rod Liddle

24 May 2014 9:00 am

An independent policy Sir: James Curran’s review of my book Dangerous Allies (‘Radical nationalist’, 17 May) showed a significant and…

Are pigeons braver than dogs?

3 May 2014 9:00 am

Animal spirit A labrador blown up with her handler while sniffing for bombs in Afghanistan in 2008 became the 64th…

Spectator letters: Interpreting Islam, and Spectator-reading thieves

5 April 2014 9:00 am

Chapter and verse on Islam Sir: Irshad Manji’s generally very sensible article on ‘Reclaiming Islam’ (29 March) suggests using the…

Spectator letters: Bereaved parents against press regulation, and a defence of Tony Benn

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Why we need a free press Sir: As bereaved parents and (to borrow from some signatories of last week’s advertisement)…

MH370 isn't the only flight that's still missing

22 March 2014 9:00 am

Plane vanished Some other planes, besides Flight MH370, which have disappeared without trace: — A Boeing 727 cargo plane that…