Aristotle’s advice for young protestors

18 May 2024 9:00 am

In his Art of Rhetoric, Aristotle (384-322 bc) sets about identifying the various headings under which you can be persuasive…

Were the Greeks right about justice?

13 April 2024 9:00 am

The Sentencing Council, consisting of various legal authorities, has told judges and magistrates to consider, when sentencing the young, their…

Conrad Black adheres firmly to the ‘great man’ view of history

27 January 2024 9:00 am

The movers and shakers of Volume I of his projected history of the world are Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Hannibal rather than any socio-economic forces

The day I have dreaded has finally arrived: my birthday

26 August 2023 9:00 am

Coronis Trafficking in enchantment, I sailed west to Coronis, the most perfect private isle on this planet. At times I…

Why on earth did The Spectator support Brexit?

12 August 2023 9:00 am

The temperature has hit 40°C in Crete, where I am writing this, and although there have been no fires, nothing…

Greece’s age-old obsession with fire

5 August 2023 9:00 am

Patmos While green Rhodes and greener Corfu burn away, arid Patmos remains fireproof because rock and soil do not a…

High life

29 July 2023 9:00 am

Will The Parthenon Project seize the Elgin Marbles?

22 October 2022 9:00 am

Will The Parthenon Project seize the Elgin Marbles?

The curse of the jet-ski

13 August 2022 9:00 am

An F. Scott Fitzgerald biographer by the name of David S. Brown refers to America’s promotion of deviancy (my words)…

In praise of Greek royalty

4 June 2022 9:00 am

New York Prince Pavlos, heir to the Greek throne, turned 55 recently and I threw a small dinner for him.…

America is a nation divided

11 December 2021 9:00 am

New York Imagine a European country today in which a newspaper in its most populous city launches a mendacious project…

After a lifetime in nightclubs, now I party at home

4 December 2021 9:00 am

New York   It’s party time in the Bagel, and it’s about time, too. Good restaurants and elegant nightclubs are…

Is this Greece’s finest wine since Homer strummed his lyre?

9 October 2021 9:00 am

We were in deepest Dorset, l’Angleterre profonde. The weather was also typically English: inundations followed by counter-attacks from the Indian…

The real Greek: Lemonia reviewed

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Lemonia lives in the old Chalk Farm Tavern in Primrose Hill, which is better known as the set of Paddington.…

My roots burnt with Greece

14 August 2021 11:30 pm

On 11 March this year my father passed away from prostate cancer after several weeks in a hospital in central…

The Olympics have become a celebration of human frailty

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Coronis Embracing one’s vulnerability seems to have replaced the higher, faster, stronger ethos of the Olympics. The very frailty that…

The Greek wildfires and the failings of the state

11 August 2021 4:43 pm

The wildfires raging across Greece for what is by now more than a week, show no sign of abating. High…

An elegy on yachting

7 August 2021 9:00 am

Patmos A very long time ago I wrote in these here pages that spending a summer on the Riviera or…

The high and low life of John Craxton

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Charm is a weasel word; it can evoke the superficial and insincere, and engender suspicion and mistrust. But charm in…

What Europe can learn from Greece's alliance with Israel

26 April 2021 3:59 pm

In the 21st chapter of his magisterial 1948 history of the Second World War, Winston Churchill began with an arresting…

Greece and Britain’s long history of fighting autocracy

26 March 2021 3:28 am

As I write, it is mid-morning in Athens and fighter jets are roaring overhead. My windows rattle, the sky splinters,…

The myth of American freedom

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad Imagine a beautiful, sexy woman, an Ava Gardner or a Lily James, with a wart on the end of…

The fall of Golden Dawn

3 October 2020 9:00 am

The fall of Greece’s neo-Nazi party