Mark Mason

Would he rather have had the money?

How to buy a father’s day present (if you must)

6 June 2015 9:00 am

No man ever watched a £20 note flutter from an opened Father’s Day card and thought: ‘How disappointing — not enough…

To Land’s End and beyond: footsore but bravely coasting along

30 May 2015 9:00 am

It’s a real skill, writing about a journey where nothing ever happens. We shouldn’t be surprised that Simon Armitage is…

How your funeral director is ripping you off

16 May 2015 9:00 am

Funerals are a rip-off. But you can do something about that

Monopoly is fascinating – as long as you don’t try to play it

25 April 2015 9:00 am

I knew there had to be a point to Monopoly. The game itself is tedium made cardboard, the strongest known…

The mobility scooter plague

11 April 2015 9:00 am

The mobility scooter plague

The writing on the wall: some of the well-preserved hieroglyphs at Karnak

Tourists are trickling back to Egypt – to beat the crowds, go now

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Egypt’s revolution of 2011 didn’t just get rid of President Mubarak: it did a pretty good job of clearing out…

A print of girls in a gym from 1884

2,500 years of gyms (and you’re still better off walking the dog)

7 March 2015 9:00 am

My favourite fact about gyms before reading this book was that the average British gym member covers 468 miles per…

Attack of the personal space invaders

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Who are these chaps who insist on standing so close?

Why tomorrow’s parents won’t want their children to go to university

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Why being a graduate is about to lose its prestige

Check yourself: have you succumbed to this corporate speak epidemic?

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Is there any cure for this piece of corporate speak?

Incredible shrinking county: the tides at Freshwater Bay

A museum of dirty postcards and Britain’s coolest bulldog: visit the strange side of the Isle of Wight

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Every day the Isle of Wight becomes England’s smallest county: when-ever the tide comes in, the island steals the crown…

Life is full of little endings. We should pay them more attention

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Life is full of little endings. We should pay them more attention

Bing and Bob on the Road to Singapore. One had talent; the other tried harder

Did anyone ever really love Bob Hope?

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Why does everything these days have to be a superlative? Why must writers scream for our attention, yelling that the…

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The deep Britishness of fish and chips

1 November 2014 9:00 am

During the D-day landings, members of the parachute regiment, finding themselves behind enemy lines at night, needed a way of…

A compendium to match Radio 4: boring, but somehow gripping

11 October 2014 9:00 am

When you think about it, Radio 4 is mostly a pile of old toss. Money Box qualifies as an anaesthetic,…

Space odyssey: Ed White walking in space over New Mexico, Gemini 4, June 1965 Image: James McDivitt

The images from the Apollo missions will reduce you to tears

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Mark Mason on the images that make grown men cry

Switching on to a new generation gap

30 August 2014 9:00 am

In the world of YouTube and Netflix, generations no longer share a culture

Activity break: Nira Alpina also offers kite-surfing

Nira Alpina, St Moritz: A cool Alpine hotel that's perfect for the under-tens

16 August 2014 9:00 am

It’s a terrible moment, the realisation that you’ve spawned a monster. Parenthood, it becomes clear, has wiped stylish holidays off…

What’s wrong with sunglasses

26 July 2014 9:00 am

People who wear sunglasses all the time seem to radiate disdain

A Pearl by any other name: the Rosewood hotel

From prisons to offices to police stations – London's turning everything into hotels

21 June 2014 8:00 am

The test of a truly great city is reinvention. Does it have the courage to change? London holds a PhD…

When Geoff Boycott was a DJ in a Sydney nightclub

21 June 2014 8:00 am

Sport isn’t about putting a ball into a net or over a bar or into a hole. It’s about the…

Kindles will kill off the bookish loner (thank God)

14 June 2014 8:00 am

Kindle highlights turn the lonely pleasures of reading into a communal event

When the English cricket team toured Nazi Germany – and got smashed

7 June 2014 9:00 am

Why have the Germans never been any good at cricket? This entertaining account of the MCC’s 1937 tour to the…

Subterranea is sexy

26 April 2014 9:00 am

The strange fascination of tunnels and bunkers

Campbell’s Platform, a private unstaffed halt on the Welsh narrow guage Ffestiniog railway

The train stations that don’t really exist

26 April 2014 9:00 am

In 1964, as part of his railway cuts, Dr Beeching ordered the closure of Duncraig, a small, little-used station in…