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I’ve been bitten by the TikTok bug

30 July 2022 9:00 am

In theory TikTok knows nothing about me. I have posted two videos: one of my grandsons kicking a football in…

How Monte Carlo went to hell

30 July 2022 9:00 am

I now find resorts more fun out of season. Civilised tourists are as rare as an intelligent Hollywood movie, so…

There are almost no animals left – but we’ve been here before

30 July 2022 9:00 am

Laikipia You know things are bad when the zebras are thin. Even during most droughts, zebras are like matrons at…

The Lycra louts are back

30 July 2022 9:00 am

‘That will be £7.50 please,’ said the girl in the bakery to the cyclist in black Lycra after he put…

Bridge | 30 July 2022

30 July 2022 9:00 am

The bridge world is coming back to life with a bang. The World Championships were held (live) in March, the…

Aussie life

23 July 2022 9:00 am

Sport has always played a big part in Australian life, but in the interests of diversity it would be wrong…

Language

23 July 2022 9:00 am

No sooner had the words ‘blue murder’ appeared on the cover of this august journal than a Speccie reader was…

Dear Mary: How do we say no to a neighbour who wants to use our pool?

23 July 2022 9:00 am

Q. I was billeted for a party in Norfolk with a couple previously unknown to me. They were more than…

The global elite and me

23 July 2022 9:00 am

Here come the global elites. They love it here. Their spiritual second home. The heat, the rosé, the food, the…

The hidden benefit of an electric car

23 July 2022 9:00 am

Hello, and welcome to episode one of What’s in My Frunk?, the first in an occasional Spectator series of news…

My brief career as a marijuana farmer

23 July 2022 9:00 am

The latest heatwave reminded me of my brief career as a marijuana farmer. This wasn’t in the summer of 1976,…

Think pink: there’s no shame in quaffing rosé in England

23 July 2022 9:00 am

In the battle of ideas, it is sometimes necessary to make a tactical withdrawal. That is now the case over…

The ever-shifting language of ‘culture wars’

23 July 2022 9:00 am

‘Come on, old girl,’ said my husband as though encouraging a cow stuck in a ditch, ‘you must know.’ It…

In praise of Spectator readers

23 July 2022 9:00 am

Michael Beloff, QC and past president of Trinity College Oxford, has just had his memoir reviewed in The Spectator, and…

Why farming needs Ben Wallace

23 July 2022 9:00 am

My phone buzzed and rang while I was doing the horses until I thought, fine, I’ll call the Defence Secretary…

Bridge | 23 July 2022

23 July 2022 9:00 am

I was very sorry to learn of the death of the legendary American player and author Eddie Kantar – he…

Horse racing’s invisible heroes

23 July 2022 9:00 am

President George W. Bush used to quote his fellow Texan Robert Strauss who famously declared: ‘You can fool some of…

The Battle for Britain | 23 July 2022

23 July 2022 9:00 am

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No. 712

23 July 2022 9:00 am

White to play and mate in two. Composed by Philip Hamilton Williams, British Chess Magazine, 1895. Answers should be emailed…

Wetware

23 July 2022 9:00 am

Modern chess computers, like the program ‘Stockfish’, are treated as oracles. Plug in a position, start the engine, and within…

Spectator competition winners: a postcard from Airstrip One

23 July 2022 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3258, you were invited to submit a postcard sent while on holiday in a well-known fictional destination…

2565: 3 x 2

23 July 2022 9:00 am

The unclued lights (two single words, one a proper noun, four pairs and one trio) share a certain feature.  …

2562: Clear view... - solution

23 July 2022 9:00 am

The title resolves into CL RVW which suggests the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams. The unclued…

Aussie life

16 July 2022 9:00 am

A younger cohort of visitors is heading for Bowen, best known hitherto as the home of the Big Mango, a…

Language

16 July 2022 9:00 am

Here is a delightful phrase which may well become a familiar idiom in English language: ‘weather dependent economy’. I encountered…