Gstaad

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…

My password amnesia got me into hot water

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Chelsea/Gstaad Oh, to be in England! But let’s start at the beginning. I challenge any reader to claim they are…

Mother Nature is giving us her middle finger

27 March 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad I have never experienced such a long, continuous blizzard, and I’ve been coming here for 63 years. The ski…

The lost magic of Palm Beach

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad Good old Helvetia. I’m quitting her for the rainy but pleasant land of England. The cows are beginning to…

The myth of American freedom

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad Imagine a beautiful, sexy woman, an Ava Gardner or a Lily James, with a wart on the end of…

My unlikely friendship with Sir David Barclay

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad This might surprise a few people, but I was very friendly with our late co-proprietor Sir David Barclay, a…

We may be locked down but Gstaad’s nightlife is going strong

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad Chekhovian boredom ruled supreme, but the loss of my luggage brought instant relief. Anger beats boredom by a mile,…

Why I’m moving to England

3 October 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad It is not exactly a stop all the clocks occasion, let alone cut off the telephone, but I’ve finally…

How not to run a literary festival

4 July 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad A friend of mine who lives here wants to start a literary festival and asked me if I had…

The joy of pumping iron at 83

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad So the days — and months — drift by. This once peaceful Alpine town is packed with rich refugees…

The joys of social isolation

21 March 2020 9:00 am

No use datelining any more, I’m here for the duration. Even the ski lifts have been ordered to close: chiuso,…

A meditation on death

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad   I shoulda been a weatherman: no sooner had I announced snow to be a Gstaad rarity than it…

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Why I prefer cows to humans

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   The cows are coming down, the cows are coming down, and I’m off to the Bagel. My Swiss…

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Watching my grandchildren schussing down a mountain is what makes me happy now

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   As everyone knows, the definition of serendipity is searching for a needle in a haystack, and instead finding…

In Gstaad neither poor nor rich worry about inequality

9 February 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   Here in Gstaad there is no worker alienation. Nor are the rich especially worried. The talk is about…

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In praise of pomposity

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad My annual end-of-year party in the Bagel was a bust. Too many people brought their friends and I ended…

I’ll never again set foot in the Eagle Club

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad A couple of columns ago I wrote about an incident that took place at the Eagle Club here in…

Taki: How I learned to write

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad  What I miss most up here in the Alps are the literary lunches conducted on the fly with writers…

High life

9 September 2017 9:00 am

After the heat in Greece, the Alps are cool and green and very comfortable. My sensei Richard Amos is over…

Nothing beats skiing with Roger Moore’s son — and Barry Humphries on rare form

19 March 2016 9:00 am

   Gstaad Going up on a chairlift with the town’s doctor, I asked him, ‘How’s business, doc?’ ‘Never better,’ said…

A tale of two families

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Gstaad War and Peace has been in the news lately, so what was it that Leo wrote about all happy…

The consolations of old age

9 January 2016 9:00 am

OK sports fans, what do Dame Vivien Duffield and Evelyn Waugh have in common? The answer is absolutely nothing, so…

How New York vulgarians live

7 November 2015 9:00 am

I have finally moved into my new flat, a jewel of a place in a pre-first world war Park Avenue…

Make no mistake: the Top Gear brouhaha is cultural warfare

28 March 2015 9:00 am

It’s a famous quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald, one that Elton John should ponder (when he’s not out shopping, that…

Once upon a time I was very proud to be Greek. But no more

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Gstaad A naked, very good-looking young man skied down the mountain evoking shrieks of laughter and admiration from the hundred…