Gstaad

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Why I prefer cows to humans

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   The cows are coming down, the cows are coming down, and I’m off to the Bagel. My Swiss…

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Watching my grandchildren schussing down a mountain is what makes me happy now

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   As everyone knows, the definition of serendipity is searching for a needle in a haystack, and instead finding…

In Gstaad neither poor nor rich worry about inequality

9 February 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   Here in Gstaad there is no worker alienation. Nor are the rich especially worried. The talk is about…

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In praise of pomposity

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad My annual end-of-year party in the Bagel was a bust. Too many people brought their friends and I ended…

I’ll never again set foot in the Eagle Club

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad A couple of columns ago I wrote about an incident that took place at the Eagle Club here in…

Taki: How I learned to write

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad  What I miss most up here in the Alps are the literary lunches conducted on the fly with writers…

High life

9 September 2017 9:00 am

After the heat in Greece, the Alps are cool and green and very comfortable. My sensei Richard Amos is over…

Nothing beats skiing with Roger Moore’s son — and Barry Humphries on rare form

19 March 2016 9:00 am

   Gstaad Going up on a chairlift with the town’s doctor, I asked him, ‘How’s business, doc?’ ‘Never better,’ said…

A tale of two families

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Gstaad War and Peace has been in the news lately, so what was it that Leo wrote about all happy…

The consolations of old age

9 January 2016 9:00 am

OK sports fans, what do Dame Vivien Duffield and Evelyn Waugh have in common? The answer is absolutely nothing, so…

How New York vulgarians live

7 November 2015 9:00 am

I have finally moved into my new flat, a jewel of a place in a pre-first world war Park Avenue…

Make no mistake: the Top Gear brouhaha is cultural warfare

28 March 2015 9:00 am

It’s a famous quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald, one that Elton John should ponder (when he’s not out shopping, that…

Once upon a time I was very proud to be Greek. But no more

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Gstaad A naked, very good-looking young man skied down the mountain evoking shrieks of laughter and admiration from the hundred…

At 78 years of age, I can’t keep up with the young shuss-boomers any longer

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Gstaad Once upon a time clergymen saw mountain peaks as natural steeples leading them ever closer to God. Doctors considered…

The missed New Year opportunities I would have rowed the Atlantic for

10 January 2015 9:00 am

 Gstaad The very end of 2014 laid an egg, and an expensive one at that. I missed David Tang’s bash…

Six decades and two chat-up lines

23 August 2014 9:00 am

 Gstaad In this freewheeling Swiss village of the 1950s, the unconventional was the norm and monumental drinking commonplace, but the…

The week that tripled the size of my liver

1 March 2014 9:00 am

 Gstaad Walking into a dinner party for 50 chic and some not-so-chic people in a nearby village last week, I…

Bicyclists in burkas

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Gstaad The Swiss canton of Ticino is holding a referendum on a burka ban, and it is about time, too.…

If all left-wing academics were as nice as John Sutherland, Taki would tolerate Hush Puppies

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Just before I left Gstaad for the Greek islands I went to dinner at Eugenie Radziwill’s, whose other guests included…