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Let’s not dance

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Why will people simply not believe you when you tell them that you don’t want to dance? Their reactions mimic…

Bad publicity

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Whatever calamitous infelicities David Beckham did or did not email to his publicist, few will doubt that he has lived…

Ingrid Bergman, Getty

Gaslighting the nation

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Arguably the cruellest thing you can do to human beings is to rob them of faith in their own sanity.…

Rodin’s ‘Gates of Hell’: more than 300 figures, including a panther-like Eve

Rodin at 100

18 February 2017 9:00 am

The girl who posed for Auguste Rodin’s figure of Eve on the ‘Gates of Hell’ was, the sculptor said, a…

Corbyn’s blueprint

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Twenty years ago Venezuela was one of the richest countries in the world. Now it is one of the poorest.…

Mick Jagger’s lost memoir

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Ask any publisher of popular non–fiction anywhere in the world which book they would most like to sign, and it…

Bye bye, Buller

18 February 2017 9:00 am

RIP the Bullingdon Club, 1780–2017. It isn’t quite dead — but it is down to its last two members. That’s…

‘Isis? Bomb those suckers’

18 February 2017 9:00 am

These are the last days of the ‘caliphate’. The place Isis made their capital, Raqqa, in Syria, is encircled and…

It’s all too personal

18 February 2017 9:00 am

When I was little I owned a set of pencils that had my name engraved on them. I didn’t have…

Toff luck

11 February 2017 9:00 am

F. Scott Fitzgerald got it wrong; it’s not the rich who are different from you and me — it’s the…

Javid’s home truths

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Just before Christmas, Sajid Javid performed a ritual he has observed twice a year throughout his adult life: he read…

In praise of pink Lego

11 February 2017 9:00 am

There aren’t many toy companies that could make headlines in the business press merely by expanding their London offices —…

Who will be London’s next bishop?

11 February 2017 9:00 am

In typical theatrical style, the outgoing Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, he of the sonorous voice and imposing beard, ‘never…

Rides without romance

11 February 2017 9:00 am

You know the old designation NSIT — Not Safe in Taxis? Well, we need a new one: TSIU — Too…

Dogs for children

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Henry, our springer spaniel, has died, suddenly and prematurely. With the passing weeks, we are becoming accustomed to the strange…

A choice of revolutions

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Is France on the brink of a political revolution? Already, four established candidates for the presidency — two former presidents…

The ghastly truth

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Paul Johnson once wrote that the ability to say ‘really’ in 12 different ways was the birthright of every true…

Rules for loneliness

4 February 2017 9:00 am

An old acquaintance died recently. A friend of mine, who was closer to him than I was, rang to tell…

‘Above all else, fun’

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Alexander Chancellor’s ‘Long Life’ is over; but it was not nearly long enough. I was feeling rather gloomy last Friday,…

Jaipur Notebook

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Did Winston Churchill, like Donald Trump, also like to ‘grab them by the pussy?’ Last week at the Jaipur Literary…

Abandoned to their fate

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Another day in northern Nigeria, another Christian village reeling from an attack by the Muslim Fulani herdsmen who used to…

The man from nowhere

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Before the horrified gaze of its militants, the French Socialist party — which has been a major force in French…

British placenames

4 February 2017 9:00 am

British placenames are so good you can read the map for entertainment rather than navigation. Hardington Mande-ville, Bradford Peverell, Carlton…

Surviving Trumpworld

4 February 2017 9:00 am

While he was on the campaign trail, Donald Trump was asked an intriguing question by Bob Lonsberry of WHAM 1180…

Save our stables!

28 January 2017 9:00 am

There are plans in place to tax horses out of British life. Proposed adjustments in business rates for non–residential properties…