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The Battle for Britain | 4 December 2021

4 December 2021 9:00 am

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My battle of the bulb

4 December 2021 9:00 am

The streetlighting engineer walked up and down outside my house trying to work out who was right: me, or my…

Why punish a scientist for defending science?

4 December 2021 9:00 am

As a defender of free speech, I sometimes feel like a man falling through a collapsing building. Just when you…

French kissing with the French

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Every year Vernon celebrates the gathering in and pressing of his olive harvest by inviting friends to a ceremony at…

After a lifetime in nightclubs, now I party at home

4 December 2021 9:00 am

New York   It’s party time in the Bagel, and it’s about time, too. Good restaurants and elegant nightclubs are…

No. 682

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Black to play. Plat-Esipenko, European Team Championship, 2021. The 19-year-old Russian playing Black found a way to force mate in…

The six ways to pronounce ‘Omicron’

4 December 2021 9:00 am

‘There once was a curate of Kew, / Who kept a young cat in a pew,’ began my husband when…

Why you shouldn’t always ‘follow the science’

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Fairly early in the pandemic it was widely accepted in scientific circles that the likelihood of outdoor transmission of Covid…

Raising a glass to Grey Gowrie

4 December 2021 9:00 am

A group of us had gathered together to raise a glass, tell stories, to laugh and to mourn. It was…

Dear Mary: How can I stop friends laughing at me for learning another language?

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Q. We have moved into a terraced house in a seaside town. Our joy is confined, however, by the fact…

2532: Patchy? - solution

4 December 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights are TV detectives and their PATCH: 10/8, 13/5D, 15/39, 26/41, 36/33. First prize Emma Corke, Abinger Hammer,…

2535: Triplets

4 December 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights, all nouns or verb forms (one is a hyphened plural), include a common feature different in all…

Aussie Life

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Koalas & babies When Covid first hit the news nearly two years ago the Save the Children Fund ran an…

Aussie Language

27 November 2021 9:00 am

The hot political word of the moment has to be faction. In Victoria the anti-corruption body, IBAC, is currently investigating…

Dear Mary: how can I get out of a Christmas party?

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Q. I belong to a fairly intimate private club which is the one reliable oasis of calm and civility that…

The Battle for Britain | 27 November 2021

27 November 2021 9:00 am

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I’ve become a social pariah – just for having children

27 November 2021 9:00 am

When Caroline and I got married in 2001, having four kids was not only fashionable, it was the socially responsible…

A small victory in a bad year: José Pizarro at the RA reviewed

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Piccadilly is losing its patina of dirt, its cadaverous character. It is overpriced and over-renovated,a meeting place for luxury goods.…

The Kushner conundrum

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad I have two special girlfriends, Lynne and Fiona, the ladies who guard The Spectator’s entrance against the outraged #MeToo…

Bridge | 27 November 2021

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Succumbing to your emotions at the bridge table can be fatal. Whatever you’re feeling, get a grip! Easier said than…

A feast of feelgood emotion

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Ascot’s image is all champagne and fascinators, high society and high rollers. Said Art Buchwald: ‘Ascot is so exclusive that…

2534: Off-pitch

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Eight unclued lights (four of two words) are of a kind.   Across 1 False prophet faces interjection, perhaps (12,…

Poor Ole wasn’t cut out for Man U

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Manchester United have ended up with a temporary coach before they look for an interim manager. Haven’t we heard that…

There is a new and deadly threat to the countryside

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Surprise, surprise. The person who had the shield taken out of the street light so it shone back into my…

Should we ramp down ramping down?

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Language change outdoes nonsense, just as misbehaviour outdoes satire. In Through the Looking-Glass Alice mentions to the Gnat that, where…