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The wishful thinking of COP26

2 November 2021 1:10 am

History records that George II was the last British king to lead his troops on the battlefield, at the Battle…

It's no wonder young people have 'eco-anxiety'

8 October 2021 9:29 am

Is it any wonder that children and young adults are going down with ‘eco-anxiety’ , as claimed in an opinion…

We are in a perfect storm of perfect storms

2 October 2021 9:00 am

When my husband’s whisky glass fell off the little table next to his chair on to next door’s cat, which…

Pet project: how many dogs and cats are there in Britain?

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Escape velocity The evacuation of Afghanistan was likened to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. What were the…

Is rain getting heavier?

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Reinventing the wheels Skateboarding made its debut at the Olympics. Who invented the skateboard? — There are many reports of…

Britain, climate change and the reality of extreme weather events

30 July 2021 8:50 am

‘Extreme weather will be the norm,’ says the Guardian. Britain is gaining a more ‘violent’ climate according to Sir James…

Have tennis players always been expected to give interviews?

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Game, set, chat Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open after being fined $15,000 for failing to…

How often does it snow in April?

17 April 2021 9:00 am

D of E awards A few of the late Duke of Edinburgh’s lesser-known titles and honours: — Royal Chief of the Order…

Here in Texas, Hell has frozen over

27 February 2021 9:00 am

 Austin ‘If I owned Texas and Hell,’ General Phil Sheridan famously said, ‘I would rent out Texas and live in…

The BBC tradition of trying to remove patriotic songs from Last Night

29 August 2020 9:00 am

About Last Night It was suggested that the BBC might ‘decolonise’ the Last Night of the Proms by removing ‘Rule,…

How hot does a ‘heatwave’ have to be?

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Some like it hot Are heatwaves becoming a devalued currency? Last year the Met Office defined a heatwave as three…

My toilet ultimatum to the builder boyfriend

9 May 2020 9:00 am

The rain showers had a strange and wondrous effect. All the cyclists, joggers and dog walkers that were coming from…

The brands regretting calling themselves ‘Corona’

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Going viral A few of the businesses which chose ‘Corona’ as a brand name and now have a bit of…

What did psychics predict was going to happen in 2019?

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Bah humbug Some of the things reported to have been banned this Christmas: — Mulled wine banned from being sold…

What weather records were broken in 2019?

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Keeping it in the family A study by the Middle East Technical University claimed to prove that the pronounced chin…

What kills more people in the UK: hot or cold weather?

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Losing confidence The government may soon face a vote of no confidence, the second this year. How often do these…

Tuscany’s killer climate

13 July 2019 9:00 am

The hotel manager had arranged for me to borrow an Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto two-seater convertible (1982) for the afternoon.…

Portrait of the week: Labour/Tory Brexit talks, Gavin Williamson’s innocence plea and Cyclone Fani

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Home John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, blamed Theresa May, the Prime Minister, for leaking details of talks between the government…

The wisdom of toads, termites and wait-a-bit thorns

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia Off Madagascar the other day the Indian Ocean gave birth to a little storm called 11S. As its gyre…

London calling

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Madame Monet was bored. Wouldn’t you have been? Exiled to London in the bad, cold winter of 1870–71. In rented…

Same old inconvenient drivel

17 July 2017 7:30 am

Al Gore’s new film, An Inconvenient Sequel – Truth to Power, opens in Australia on August 10. What a pity.…

What Hillary Clinton won’t find in Area 51

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Area of doubt Hillary Clinton has said that if she is elected she will open files on the US military…

How many party leaders get nearly 60% in their membership vote? More than you’d think

19 September 2015 8:00 am

It’s their party Jeremy Corbyn won the Labour leadership contest with 60% of the vote among four candidates in the…

With rain threatening, Jane Bennet departs for Netherfield — with her mother’s approval. Illustration by Hugh Thomson for Pride and Prejudice (1894)

Rain, shine and the human imagination — from Adam and Eve to David Hockney

12 September 2015 9:00 am

‘Pray don’t talk to me about the weather, Mr Worthing,’ pleads Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest. ‘Whenever people…

The other terrorists we have trouble naming

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Naming terror David Cameron and the BBC argued over what to call the terror group most papers refer to as…