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Why I’ve changed my name

10 November 2018 9:00 am

As someone who has recently discovered he is black, I have watched with incredulity the treatment doled out by the…

The New York Times is leader of the pack in its anti-Trump agenda

Trump has driven the American media mad

10 November 2018 9:00 am

New York An old-fashioned party is a gathering of friends invited by the host or hostess, who foots the bill.…

Not skunk as we know it – smoking the stuff is bad news

The perils of smoking three-year-old Glaswegian skunk

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Three years ago we were given a bag of skunk, Catriona and I, provenance Glasgow. It was one gigantic dried…

The NHS at 70 has summoned me to its presense

The NHS is teaching me how to stand properly

10 November 2018 9:00 am

If you are wondering, any more than usual, how your tax is being spent, you should know that I have…

Ah, Brooklyn I miss you: Brooklyn Heights, New York

A love letter to Brooklyn Heights

3 November 2018 9:00 am

New York I now know it by heart. Brooklyn Heights, that is. It takes 35 minutes by cab from where…

Back to the disappointingly familiar, disappointingly limited wares in the half-dozen shops that close most afternoons and sometimes capriciously all day

40-plus reasons to love and hate France

3 November 2018 9:00 am

I apologised, was gladly granted an indulgence, and on Sunday I packed a small bag and reached into a drawer…

My hundred-year-old-horse

3 November 2018 9:00 am

‘This isn’t so bad,’ said my friend, as we knelt at my old mare’s side as she lay on the…

circa 1935: A view east on 42nd Street in New York City towards the Chrysler Building. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Requiem for New York

27 October 2018 9:00 am

New York   In the dark she still looks good. The mystery and magnetism linger until dawn, then you slowly…

28th October 1914: British soldiers lined up in a narrow trench during World War I. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

My first world war obsession

27 October 2018 9:00 am

My reactionary first world war reading jag continues. The literature is vast, but so is my capacity and fascination. I…

Bitless and scared witless: a dangerous new left-wing cult

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Just when you thought there was nothing more for women of the left to nonsensically oppose, I bring you news…

Hell hath no fury like an irate teenage girl

20 October 2018 9:00 am

Something troubling is happening to our girls. I noticed it again most recently at this year’s Battle of Ideas —…

Good news – now everyone can be a victim

20 October 2018 9:00 am

We are terribly remiss in our coverage of women’s sport in The Spectator, so I thought I would try to…

Fear and loathing in New York

Why truth gets you nowhere

20 October 2018 9:00 am

New York   There is fear and loathing in this city, with men looking over their shoulders for the thought…

Guns and gin: just another Spectator Wine Club lunch

20 October 2018 9:00 am

East of London the Thames broadens dramatically to a surreal waste of mud and sewage-coloured water lined with shipping-container dumps.…

You’ve got Gmail – whether you like it or not

Silicon Valley’s evil plan

20 October 2018 9:00 am

After months of trying not to try the exciting new version of Gmail, the exciting new version of Gmail tried…

Critics hated Julie Burchill’s Brexit play. What does that say about them?

13 October 2018 9:00 am

There is a new book out about the sun — the bright thing in the sky, not the newspaper. It…

Partying with the Clintons

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad   The bells are ringing, the bells are ringing, ding dong, ding dong. The cows are down from up…

A pub brawl certainly livened up a boring football match

13 October 2018 9:00 am

I told Oscar to wait outside and I went in and said to the barman: ‘Would it be all right…

The law of acronyms

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Teacher training is terrific fun. Oh yes, I am thoroughly enjoying myself on my evening course at Guildford College. Don’t…

The truth is we prefer to lie

6 October 2018 9:00 am

There are no necessary truths any more. Everything is contingent. And those contingencies are the consequence not of what happens…

If Jeremy Corbyn gets in, then I’m out

6 October 2018 9:00 am

To London for much too brief a visit: a marriage, lunch with Commodore Tim Hoare, and a look-see for a…

The English-Scottish gender divide

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Once the house move was completed, Catriona’s oldest and best Scottish friends, two of them, came to stay for a…

I’m an equal of Socrates and Wittgenstein — and if anyone disputes it they can go to hell

29 September 2018 9:00 am

The grandest view of Gstaad and the surrounding Saanen valley bar none — and that includes the vista from my…

450 bottles of red? What more could I want from a neighbour

29 September 2018 9:00 am

I have a friend here in this French village to which we moved just over a week ago. He is…

Why mutilate a perfectly good pronoun?

29 September 2018 9:00 am

‘I’m just going to pop yourself on hold,’ said the girl from the online shopping firm who was trying to…