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Aussie Life

6 March 2021 9:00 am

If you asked a roomful of Poms to list Winston Churchill’s greatest achievements, few would put ‘introducing the minimum wage’…

Aussie Language

6 March 2021 9:00 am

The expression ‘unconscious bias’ is back in the headlines. First came the good news that Oxford’s Somerville college had rescinded…

Raymond Chandler and his contrarian cat Taki

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad That’s all we needed in a great year: copyright has expired on The Great Gatsby. Some Fitzgerald wannabe has…

In defence of horse racing

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Rugby has enough problems — from baffling rule changes to concussion — without the referees muddying the pitch even more.…

Dear Mary: How do I tell my neighbour she’s let herself go in lockdown?

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Q. Recently an old acquaintance, notorious for never penning a ‘thank you’ note, emailed me telling me he was being…

Cornwall, but not as the locals know it: Stein’s at Home reviewed

6 March 2021 9:00 am

The Stein’s at Home steak menu box (£65) says ‘Love from Cornwall’: it is not for people who live in…

The word ‘like’ is in crisis

6 March 2021 9:00 am

‘Blame Kingsley Amis,’ said my husband, with the carelessness of one defying a man out of earshot. The blame, such…

The curse of semi-invisible road signs

6 March 2021 9:00 am

‘We’re sorry your experience with us has not been a good one,’ said the press officer at Surrey Police. ‘You…

Bridge | 06 March 2021

6 March 2021 9:00 am

This is a great time to be a young bridge player. When I took up the game in my twenties,…

Play from home

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Is working from home the future of a productive society, or a fleeting aberration? Nobody knows yet, but a significant…

No. 643

6 March 2021 9:00 am

White to play. Garcia Ramos–Maurizzi, -Barcelona 2021. Black has just played Kg8-h7, to attack White’s queen by unpinning the knight…

2493: Opposites - solution

6 March 2021 9:00 am

‘I WANT TO BE ALONE’ (1A) and ‘COME UP AND SEE ME SOMETIME’ (49/27) were supposedly said by Greta GARBO…

2496: Depart Paddington

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Clockwise round the grid from 3 run seven dramatis personae; unclued lights give anagrams of two more. The play’s title…

Spectator competition winners: the hell of a foreign holiday

6 March 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3188, a challenge designed to make us all feel better about the looming prospect of another enforced…

The conservative appeal of drug gangs

6 March 2021 9:00 am

According to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, the easing of lock-down will be accompanied by a rise in crime…

The Battle for Britain | 06 March 2021

6 March 2021 9:00 am

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The beauty of French nurses

6 March 2021 9:00 am

I was supine on the slab and a nurse was rigging me up via wires and tubes to machines and…

Ireland’s love affair with horse racing

6 March 2021 9:00 am

With the Cheltenham Festival close, the quest for serious punting money intensifies. I had one potential contributor identified at Kempton…

Kiwi Life

27 February 2021 9:00 am

For New Zealanders to be losing our democracy may be due to sheer carelessness, ignorance, or even stupidity, not to…

Kiwi Language

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Nancy Pelosi succeeded in banning ‘mother’ from appearing in the paperwork of Congress. Now the ANU’s Gender Institute Handbook wants…

2495: Contrary

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Four unclued lights of a kind, one of two words with an apostrophe, include the theme word. The remaining unclued…

Is it time to cancel Sophocles?

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad The sun has returned, the snow is so-so, and exercise has replaced everything, including romance. What a way to…

Spectator competition winners: topical sea shanties

27 February 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3187 you were asked to provide a sea shanty on a topical theme. This challenge was an…

Dear Mary: How do we stop our friend letting herself in to our house?

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Q. Our friend lives far away, but comes to stay at her country place nearby several times a year. Some…

Memories of Stellenbosch and South Africa’s finest wines

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Lockdown provides time to think, and to reminisce. A South African friend, trapped in Amsterdam, phoned the other day. Had…