Mark Mason

Mortar fire, weddings, camels, the French revolution: all kind of things get in the way of cricket

5 April 2014 9:00 am

It isn’t just the elk, either. Also bringing proceedings to a halt in this wonderful anthology are camels (Bahrain), cows…

Whistling is a bloody nuisance

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Paul McCartney says he can remember the exact moment he knew the Beatles had made it. Early one morning, getting…

What other job lets you swear in front of your parents?

15 March 2014 9:00 am

There aren’t many jobs that allow a nice middle-class Jewish boy to say ‘fuck’ in front of his parents. But…

The comedy club theory of dictatorship

8 February 2014 9:00 am

The comedy club theory of dictatorship

Through It All I’ve Always Laughed, by Count Arthur Strong - review

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Fans of Count Arthur Strong (and yes I know he’s so Marmite you could spread him on a cheese sandwich)…

When 'drop-dead gorgeous' women actually dropped dead

19 October 2013 9:00 am

No one watches Antiques Roadshow for the antiques. Instead we’re hanging on the punter’s reaction to his three-grand valuation. ‘It…

Chaps, if we want grandchildren, we need to stop the skinny jeans fad

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Why will no one sell trousers that fit me?

Ruin near Kelso, Mojave Desert, California

Walking in Ruins, by Geoff Nicholson - review

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Geoff Nicholson is the Maharajah of Melancholy. The quality was there in his novels, it was there in his non-fiction…

A modern take on Victoriana

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Britain is still an essentially Victorian country (see Daily Mail for details). So it’s no surprise that we keep returning…

In defence of binge drinking

24 August 2013 9:00 am

The occasional alcoholic blowout is much to be preferred to steady, everyday drinking

Land of Second Chances, by Tim Lewis - review

27 July 2013 9:00 am

This is a book about Rwanda. It’s a book about cycling. But it’s not, in the end, a book about…

Last orders at the Death Café

20 July 2013 9:00 am

An attempt to break the taboo on mortality with the aid of coffee and biscuits

The Authors XI, by The Authors Cricket Club - review

13 July 2013 9:00 am

We were never going to get ‘come to the party’ or ‘a hundred and ten per cent’ from The Authors…