Notebook

How the NHS has coped with the second wave

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Across Europe, hospitals have been filling up again with the second wave of coronavirus. France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and the…

Bangkok’s unravelling was easy to see coming

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Three years ago I sat down to write a novel set in my adopted home city. Placing its claustrophobic action…

Trump’s humour is his weakness – and his strength

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Earlier this summer left-wing activists announced a ‘semi-autonomous zone’ in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle. Denuded of law enforcement…

Being pro-Trump has caused me more grief than being Bin Laden’s niece

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Americans are, in my experience, the warmest, most kind-hearted and open-minded people in the world. I have found this to…

Bas Javid: Why I joined the police

3 October 2020 9:00 am

There’s no such thing as a typical week in policing and this last one was no different. It started on…

In Madagascar, more will starve than die of the virus

26 September 2020 9:00 am

Earlier this month, in his weekly address to the nation, our President, the former DJ and coup leader Andry Rajoelina,…

The joy of eating birdseed

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Rather like unpacking after a holiday, when you take unworn clothes from the case still neatly folded because the occasion…

I’d never seen a princess wear statement socks – until Anne

25 July 2020 9:00 am

Not since the befuddled twilight of George III has a monarch been confined to Windsor Castle for such a duration.…

We’re spending lockdown defending a family of mice

11 July 2020 9:00 am

 Austin My first Independence Day in the US for many years. Usually I’d be in Paris avoiding Texas heat. My…

The bluff and bluster of Boris’s bland boy Brexiteers

4 July 2020 9:00 am

From the balcony where I take my daily exercise there is a view of the commercial centre of London that…

I thought I’d left looting mobs behind in the Middle East

13 June 2020 9:00 am

Last week shattered all my sense of stability and permanence in New York, the city I’ve called home since 2012…

Why is it that age limits never apply to men?

6 June 2020 9:00 am

I’d never have thought I’d be good at doing nothing. Or rather walking the dogs, loafing in the sun, trying…

Why is the WHO so worried about Tanzania?

23 May 2020 9:00 am

Dar es Salaam The World Health Organisation has drawn up a shortlist of countries it’s most concerned about during the…

How to go clubbing without leaving your living room

16 May 2020 9:00 am

To my surprise, what I miss most about life before the lockdown are parties. As others pine for restaurants and…

I hate joggers more than ever

25 April 2020 9:00 am

Empathy and kindness in these difficult times come more easily to some than others, but I’m trying. I had heart…

Faith, hope and charity: how I survived coronavirus

18 April 2020 9:00 am

I write this on Easter Sunday, sitting comfortably at home, recovering from my brush with Covid-19. I was hospitalised for…

In New York’s hospitals, we need all the help we can get

11 April 2020 9:00 am

 New York I hear it said now and again that Covid-19 is just a nasty winter bug, nothing more than…

My polar journey puts coronavirus isolation into perspective

4 April 2020 9:00 am

I arrived on Novolazarevskaya base on the northern coast of Antarctica in a Russian plane, flown by an ex-USSR air…

David Baddiel: I’ve been cancelled - for real

21 March 2020 9:00 am

‘Cancelled’ is quite a buzzword of our times, isn’t it? Up until about ten days ago, it referred mainly to…

Italians believe the coronavirus outbreak shows their superiority

7 March 2020 9:00 am

During times of contagion, you begin to understand why fascist salutes were once so popular. The foot-tap is replacing the…

Joan Collins: Parasite didn’t deserve to win Best Picture

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

Recovering from a bad cold and bored to tears by the fare on television, Netflix, Amazon and Hulu (it’s shocking…

Torture a Tory, make him an MEP? Not any more

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

‘Epiphany.’ That was the word that Robert Rowland, soon-to-be-ex-MEP for the Brexit party, used to describe his discovery of the…

Cressida Bonas: Everyone seems to have very strong opinions about my wedding

18 January 2020 9:00 am

White House Farm began last week on ITV; a six-part factual drama about the notorious murders. I play Sheila Caffell,…

Ben Schott: I’m Tony Blair’s brother (according to Google)

11 January 2020 9:00 am

The globe (Golden and otherwise) has rightly fallen h-o-h for Olivia Colman who, before The Crown, The Favourite and Peep Show,…

Joan Collins: I’m an actress, not an actor. And yes, it matters

21 December 2019 9:00 am

I recently tried to put my profession down as ‘actress’ on Instagram, but the only option available from the drop-down…