The joy of a cancelled Christmas

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Among the greatest bores right now are those friends who insist on telling you, usually as if it’s some kind…

Joan Collins: The politics of Christmas trees

19 December 2020 9:00 am

To say that the past nine months have been tough is like saying a hurricane felt like a spring shower.…

Mick Fleetwood: Why Peter Green was the greatest guitarist

19 December 2020 9:00 am

In a normal week, I would jam with local musicians, but that stopped in March and we musicians miss the…

Deserves to be a permanent winter fixture: Potted Panto at the Garrick reviewed

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Potted Panto is a 70-minute parody presented by two burlesque comedians. Jeff is a tall, playful bungler and his colleague,…

Every page of this astonishingly beautiful ode to the citrus is a treat

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Laura Freeman is transported by J.C. Volkamer’s astonishingly beautiful ode to the citrus

The magic of Anthony Powell

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Every few years I’ve picked up one or other of Anthony Powell’s A Dance to the Music of Time series…

My fateful appearance at the Bank of England’s Christmas drinks

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Tidings of comfort as the vaccination programme advances, but shortage of joy. That’s my summary of a season in which…

Boris Johnson’s Christmas Covid gamble

17 December 2020 3:56 am

Boris Johnson is taking a gamble with his decision to stick with the easing of Covid restrictions for Christmas. The…

Four-nations Christmas Covid truce hangs in balance

16 December 2020 6:16 am

It’s become a regular refrain to hear that Brexit talks have been extended. Now the same applies to negotiations over…

Was endorsing Boris one of my worst misjudgments ever?

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Now that our social lives are a Venn diagram that only mathematicians can understand I am officially becoming a recluse.…

Melania’s au revoir to Christmas

1 December 2020 1:08 am

Washington DC It’s still dark outside and dumping rain as the media waits for the annual White House Holiday Decor…

Which countries are most sceptical about vaccines?

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Gloss over Should we be worried that the head of research into respiratory drugs at AstraZeneca is called Dr Pangalos,…

Dear Mary: How can I stop my boss giving me a Christmas hamper?

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Q. For many years my boss gave each member of his small team a very generous Christmas gift voucher from…

Portrait of the week: Christmas is on, Trump is off and Piglet stars on a 50p piece

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Home The AstraZeneca vaccine developed by the University of Oxford was found to be 70 per cent effective — 90…

The infantilism of Advent calendars for grown-ups

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Anything goes with Advent calendars

I was dreaming of a cancelled Christmas

28 November 2020 9:00 am

I was dreaming of a cancelled Christmas


You can’t cancel Christmas, stupid

17 November 2020 9:03 pm

You may have seen this interesting exchange on CNN between ‘America’s top infectious diseases expert’ Dr Anthony Fauci and CNN…

Backsliding on a lockdown end-date has begun already

1 November 2020 11:21 pm

Will England’s lockdown end on 2 December? Even before this morning’s media round there was good reason to suspect it…


‘The Melania Tapes’ reveal she’s even cooler than we thought

4 October 2020 12:17 am

Just a couple of hours before President Trump announced that he and his wife, first lady Melania, had tested positive…

I spent Christmas Day helping the homeless – and I was bored out of my mind

18 January 2020 9:00 am

When I told friends that I would be spending Christmas Day helping the homeless at a Crisis at Christmas centre…

My recipe to cure a hangover

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Journalists exaggerate, often reaching for superlatives to chronicle mildly interesting events. Even so, there are times when it is necessary…

What did psychics predict was going to happen in 2019?

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Bah humbug Some of the things reported to have been banned this Christmas: — Mulled wine banned from being sold…

Letters: Should conservatives be worried that high-spending Boris has a majority?

21 December 2019 9:00 am

My father’s imprisonment Sir: Harald Maass’s piece on the plight of Uyghurs in China (‘A cultural genocide’, December 14) captures…

Neil Woodford could do the washing-up at my fantasy Christmas lunch

21 December 2019 9:00 am

It’s the season for kindness and conviviality. In that spirit — and recognising that business, like personal life, rarely follows…

The best Christmas gift you can give yourself is to learn some poetry by heart

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Every Christmas I find I am living in the past. I blame my father. He was born in 1910 —…