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15 July 2017 9:00 am

It has been an unqualified delight, even if it is mildly absurd: I have been chairing the judges for this…

Joan Collins: The celebrity trend I just can’t stand

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Not only are today’s young girls having to work hard on their abs, butts and glutes, now the likes of…

Nicholas Soames’s Twitter account is a miracle (and so is his diet)

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Miracles are not ceased. A few years ago, a kindly educational therapist took pity on John Prescott and set out…

The internet’s war on free speech

14 May 2016 9:00 am

The web was meant to empower us all. Right now, it’s empowering censors

Life gets faster — as the Earth slows down

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Modern life is too fast. Everyone is always in a hurry; people skim-read and don’t take the time to eat…

I have seen the future, and it’s a racist, filthy-mouthed teenage robot

2 April 2016 9:00 am

‘I’m a nice person,’ said the robot. ‘I just hate everybody.’ Maybe you know the feeling. The robot in question…

What happened when my son went to school as Goldilocks

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Whenever I hear a leftie complain about being abused on Twitter, I think: ‘You should try being me.’ A case…

Here’s how I would deal with the dorks who spread lies online

27 February 2016 9:00 am

One reason I do not tweet, text, use Facebook or Instagram, and only wield a mobile when a landline is…

Portrait of the week

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, spent time in Brussels before a meeting of the European Council to see what…

Why I won’t be picking up litter for the Queen

13 February 2016 9:00 am

I am sure that the Queen disapproves of litter as much as anyone else, but she’s hardly ever exposed to…

Long before Twitter, Wogan offered continuous conversation

6 February 2016 9:00 am

For once, the superlatives that have greeted Terry Wogan’s death from cancer have been entirely in keeping with the man.…

Is your quotation secretly Nazi?

2 January 2016 9:00 am

I couldn’t help laughing when I found that an Australian senator, Cory Bernardi, had deleted all his tweets from Twitter,…

If you believe the internet, I was Israel’s answer to Jason Bourne

12 December 2015 9:00 am

One of the strangest and, in a weird way, best things to have happened to me in the past year…

Ian Rankin’s diary: Paris, ignoring Twitter and understanding evil

21 November 2015 9:00 am

After ten days away, I spent last Friday at home alone, catching up on washing, shopping for cat food, answering…

The most dangerous word in the digital world is 'send'

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Those who forget the pasta are condemned to reheat it, tweeted Jon Ronson, a man I’d never heard of until…

Sorry, but the Bullingdon Club really doesn’t help your career

29 October 2015 9:00 am

I’m getting a lot of abuse on Twitter for saying that having been a member of the Bullingdon is more…

Isis takes its British schoolgirl jihadis seriously. Why don’t we?

10 October 2015 9:00 am

When the first schoolgirls ran away to Isis I had some sympathy for them — at least, I could see…

A lesson in graceful Twitter style – from a resigning shadow minister

19 September 2015 8:00 am

‘Tweeting’s like text messaging, isn’t it?’ said my husband confidently, though not, as usual, from any knowledge of the matter.…

Illegal workers do sometimes get caught (including at the Home Office)

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Caught working The government announced a crackdown on illegal workers. How many illegal workers are caught in Britain? — From…

‘Free bleeding’ and the stupidly clever feminists who fell for it

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Did you know that tampons were just another brutal expression of the oppressive patriarchy? I must confess that I didn’t…

Why MPs have a duty to resist online petitions

15 August 2015 9:00 am

It is the duty of MPs to resist Twitter storms and online petitions

I don’t do WhatsApp, and that’s final

1 August 2015 9:00 am

‘No, I do not do WhatsApp.’ That’s pretty much all I ever seem to say to people nowadays. They ask…

The brave thing now: don’t write about your death

25 July 2015 9:00 am

In the social media age, breaking ‘the last taboo’ is de rigueur

Compiling my greatest hits (and my Twitter trolls')

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Compilation schompilation. Having been in music for as long as I have you would think I had a good idea…

The chemically castrated are useless at crosswords: true or false?

11 July 2015 9:00 am

After hitting me with the cancer diagnosis, the urologist offered me the choice of a longer life in exchange for…