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The death of New York’s nightlife

18 May 2019 9:00 am

New York   This is my last week in the Bagel and I’m going to give it the old college…

Now that Brexit’s been cancelled I’m moving to the Dordogne

18 May 2019 9:00 am

‘When you are in a hole stop digging. Have you never heard that?’ I asked the builder boyfriend, as he…

A lament for the UK and the US

11 May 2019 9:00 am

New York   Here’s a question for you: if your wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend, toy boy even, lied repeatedly to…

Will the Mistral drive me to murder?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

So far this latest Mistral wind has blown for two and a half weeks. The Mistral is said to blow…

I’ve reached scandal saturation point

11 May 2019 9:00 am

A letter before action, or something that looked very much like it, arrived on my doormat from an insurance company.…

Sebastian Flyte had nothing on me: memories of a misspent youth

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Charlottesville is an enchanting Virginia college town graced by the neoclassical architecture of the university’s founder, Thomas Jefferson. I flew…

Meet Santini: the world’s worst tourist guide

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Santino was unusually short in the leg and, in his mid-twenties, was already rapidly losing his hair. He had recently…

The NHS’s CBT mailshot is a scandal

4 May 2019 9:00 am

A leaflet came through my door from the NHS inviting me to take part (if that is the right term)…

In praise of privacy

27 April 2019 9:00 am

David Niven’s younger son Jamie, now an old man and a bit overweight, approached my table and announced that he…

The joy of scrumpy

27 April 2019 9:00 am

‘How’s your day going?’ said the taxi driver as he snapped his knob into drive. If I caught the plane…

Have I misrepresented the builder boyfriend?

27 April 2019 9:00 am

‘That’s not the builder boyfriend,’ said the luncheon guest as he eyed the builder boyfriend over the table. ‘Well then,…

Why conservatives can’t survive in government

20 April 2019 9:00 am

I had mixed feelings about the sacking of Roger Scruton from the government’s Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission, following comments…

The comedy and tragedy of Trump

20 April 2019 9:00 am

New York On 21 April 1980, Rosie Ruiz won the fabled Boston Marathon in record time and looked as fresh…

A moral dilemma on my freebie holiday

20 April 2019 9:00 am

We drove north and parked in the designated car park with a quarter of an hour to spare before the…

The truth is messy. Village gossip is even messier

20 April 2019 9:00 am

An angry villager accosted me outside my house as I came through my front door. ‘You’re wrong about those horses,’…

My advice to men and women

13 April 2019 9:00 am

OK chaps, keep your hands where people can see them, and don’t touch. And try not to look. Soon that…

I took Oscar to Provence – in business class!

13 April 2019 9:00 am

In the Easter holidays, plus two school days, for which his mother will be fined or, as a serial offender,…

I will never, ever, vote Conservative again

13 April 2019 9:00 am

With very little expectation they would care, I sent an email to Mole Valley Conservatives. It always amuses me, that…

In what possible way was Nick Boles ever a Conservative?

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Who is your favourite brave Remainer Conservative MP? Anna Soubry has to be near the top of the list, for…

Mortimer Sackler and me

6 April 2019 9:00 am

New York   It was 51 years ago, in the Hôtel du Cap d’Antibes, that I first met the man…

Am I about to be usurped by Philippe, our handsome French gardner?

6 April 2019 9:00 am

We have a gardener, Philippe, who comes once a week. He lives in a ruin a little way down the…

The builder boyfriend and I have left the EU – and it’s great

6 April 2019 9:00 am

After all that waiting and arguing, I must say I thoroughly enjoyed leaving the EU. The builder boyfriend and I…

Francis Guinan (Fred) and K. Todd Freeman (Dee) in Downstate. Photo: Michael Brosilow

Has Bruce Norris bitten off more than he can chew?

30 March 2019 9:00 am

Bruce Norris is a firefighter among dramatists. He runs towards danger while others sprint in the other direction. His Pulitzer-winning…

My prescription to make New York happy again

30 March 2019 9:00 am

New York   This place feels funny, a bit like Beirut, where Christians, Jews, Muslims, Druze and encamped Palestinians live…

I’m making a cave disco in the south of France

30 March 2019 9:00 am

I’ve swapped my carer’s tray in Devon for a barrow and spade halfway up a cliff in the south of…