My life of genteel poverty

13 April 2024 9:00 am

Every year at the beginning of April, I tell myself I must top up my Isa before the 5 April…

Under the Italian sun, the insects are stirring

6 April 2024 9:00 am

The sun was setting on the first day of spring and I felt unusually happy as I fed the donkey.…

The beauty of medieval bestiaries

11 November 2023 9:00 am

Spiders, owls, elephants and dragons appear alongside dog-headed men and tusked women in a wealth of texts explaining the world in the most vivid terms then available

Has Carole the tarantula cured my arachnophobia?

30 April 2022 9:00 am

I’ve been an arachnophobe my whole life. I can’t remember a time when videos of spiders, or even photos or…

My wife is caught in a web of fear

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Even in my shed at the bottom of the garden I can hear the screams coming from the house. Shrieks…

In praise of cyberchondria

24 May 2014 9:00 am

There’s something perversely satisfying in discovering that your children have inherited your vices. That’s why I was so quietly pleased…