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Dear Mary: How can I stop this bore reading his novel aloud?

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Q. Is there a polite way of halting a wannabe novelist from reading his oeuvre aloud to an unwilling audience?…

Roger Scruton’s diary: Finding Scrutopia in the Czech Republic

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Hay-making was easy this year, and over in good time for a holiday. I am opposed to holidays, having worked…

Plato on the Today programme

27 July 2013 9:00 am

A woman is invited to join the Today programme, and the chatteratae are immediately a-twitter on the subject of female…

Nigel Farndale’s diary: The dread moment when they announce next year's school fees

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Next time I’m in a sauna I’m going to say: ‘It’s like a school sports hall on prize day in…

Books are a load of crap - the sporty kids have got it made

20 July 2013 9:00 am

What a glorious sporting summer it has been so far. For some the highlight will have been Andy Murray at…

Can I turn the West London Free School into Fame Academy?

20 July 2013 9:00 am

‘Another opening, another show,’ sang five-year-old Charlie on his way to school this morning — and then proceeded to belt…

Dear Mary: Why it's fine to crash funerals

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Q. Regarding the writing of ‘no presents’ on an invitation (Dear Mary, 6 July), my own experience is that many…

The saddest discovery of middle age: I can get by without my old friends

13 July 2013 9:00 am

A few years ago, I got the shock of my life when a girl I was sitting next to at…

It’s the secret of a successful marriage: my wife treats me like a dog

6 July 2013 9:00 am

‘Here, Wolf,’ says the Fawn to me, showing me a saucer. ‘Look at this! This is the new place where…

I’ll tell you what really devalues marriage: patronising, preachy little tax breaks

6 July 2013 9:00 am

The Conservative party is trying to redefine marriage. I can’t believe they think they’re going to get away with this.…

Dear Mary: How can I stop my friends giving me Christmas presents?

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Q. Over the years my close friends locally have been giving each other birthday and Christmas presents. Now, as I…