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The four times I have lied in 42 years writing this column

16 March 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   As Emperor Maximilian told his convulsed-by-tears servants as he was about to be executed by the Mexicans: ‘Who…

High life

30 September 2017 9:00 am

I think this week marks my 40th anniversary as a Spectator columnist, but I’m not 100 per cent certain. All…

High life

13 July 2017 1:00 pm

I was going through my paces in Hyde Park, sweating out the booze, raising the heartbeat with short wind sprints,…

Algy Cluff on Margaret Thatcher, Robert Mugabe and Brexit

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Algy Cluff is the longest-serving oilman in the North Sea. He was one of the first to drill for oil…

My old columns are a form of purgatory

30 April 2016 9:00 am

I drank Bombay gin and Fever-Tree tonic on the half-empty easyJet flight to Gatwick. I was even offered ice cubes.…

If we all got drunk like Jeffrey Bernard, we could save the NHS a lot of money

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Just back from a few nights in Sweden to find the perfect programme on Radio 3. It was one of…

Me, Jeremy Clarke and a bottle of absinthe

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Last Wednesday, 24 June, Pugs held a luncheon in honour of our first member to depart for the Elysian Fields,…

Outstrip Jeremy Clarke’s worst excesses and win an invitation to his Low life book launch

30 May 2015 9:00 am

On 26 June there is a party at the Spectator office at 22 Old Queen Street to launch a paperback…

The most expensive typing error ever?

7 February 2015 9:00 am

In Paul Gallico’s 1939 novel The Adventures of Hiram Holliday, the hero’s journey is set in motion by a comma.…

Mark Amory's diary: Confessions of a literary editor

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Until recently I used to claim that I had been literary editor of The Spectator for over 25 years; now…

How I became editor of The Spectator - aged 27

22 March 2014 9:00 am

Thirty years ago this Saturday, I became editor of this magazine. In the same month, the miners’ strike began, Anthony…