Life

The turf

8 January 2022 9:00 am

Seen any groundhogs your way? In racing the New Year began much as the old one had ended. At Cheltenham’s…

Real life

8 January 2022 9:00 am

Last night I dreamt I went on holiday again. It seemed to me I stood by the departure gate, and…

Low life

8 January 2022 9:00 am

I listed for Catriona the reasons why I did not want to go out to dinner that evening at the…

High life

8 January 2022 9:00 am

Gstaad   It is hard to imagine that we have reached the year 2022 and are still imposing completely irrelevant…

Aussie Life

18 December 2021 9:00 am

One of the reasons I still buy newspapers is that what no longer seems to be true of vocabulary and…

Aussie Language

18 December 2021 9:00 am

This appears to be a case of ‘What were they thinking?’ The good folk at the Macquarie Dictionary have announced…

Am I being impersonated by an actor from Colorado or a mining company?

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Someone else with my name is wreaking havoc with my attempts to control the Twitter account I don’t want. Obviously,…

Bridge | 18 December 2021

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Bridge is not too enticing if your parents had card evenings when you were a child, which often ended in…

Dear Mary, from Matt Hancock: after an eventful year, how should I get in touch with old friends?

18 December 2021 9:00 am

From Lady Antonia Fraser Q. I enjoy getting readers’ letters, but there is one category I am at a loss…

The Battle for Britain | 18 December 2021

18 December 2021 9:00 am

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The promise of South Africa

18 December 2021 9:00 am

‘Earth has not anything to show more fair.’ One can admire the view from Westminster Bridge and feel near the…

Would my scan results be a death sentence?

18 December 2021 9:00 am

At the desk I gave my name and showed my Covid vaccination pass and the woman told me to take…

The sheer joy of a sherry trifle

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Christmas brings out the best and the worst in me. It’s a chance to give in to my inclination to…

British horse racing’s debt to the Middle East

18 December 2021 9:00 am

A joyful Saturday at Ascot recently reminded me that when the old Hurst Park Racecourse (near Hampton Court Palace) closed…

A brief history of the death of God

18 December 2021 9:00 am

A few weeks after Friedrich Nietzsche bragged to an admirer that he had completed a ruthless attack on our Lord,…

The torment of a tasting menu: Hélène Darroze at the Connaught reviewed

18 December 2021 9:00 am

The Connaught Hotel’s formal dining room was always, to me, a place of childish myth; more comforting for being mythical.…

Some (tentative) reasons to be cheerful in 2022

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Someone sent me a job advert recently for a Junior Research Fellowship at Queen’s College, Oxford. It states: ‘The Queen’s…

2021's word of the year: 'cis'

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Cis

2534: Off-pitch - solution

18 December 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights are cricket fielding positions. The clues contain the names of 12 present and former England cricketers: Old,…

Spectator competition winners: Harold Pinter’s Nativity

18 December 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3229, you were invited to provide the story of the Nativity retold in the style of a…

No. 683

18 December 2021 9:00 am

White to play and mate in 3. Composed by Albert Barbe, 1861. Only the first move is required, but it’s…

Everyone should be sick in the street once

18 December 2021 9:00 am

I learned a great deal at university, about half of it from a man called Raymond Foulk. Ray was not…

A long-forgotten tale of sorcery and a severed head

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Laikipia Plateau, Kenya Our local chief Panta wore a government-issue khaki uniform with epaulettes, beret and swagger stick. On a…

The year sport and politics became inseparable

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Sport and politics have always been intertwined, but this was the year they became joined at the hip. Yorkshire racism;…

Dectet

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Ten pairs of unclued lights give the names of people whose 89 was ‘50D/2A’ (six words in total). They include…