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Pure, white and native: the birch as a symbol of Russian nationalism

19 June 2021 9:00 am

The image of the birch tree in popular Russian culture is as manifold as the trees themselves, but we could…

Jason Ricci is my mentor, guru and anointed one

19 June 2021 9:00 am

A second week recovering in bed in this pleasant south-facing bedroom. If I sit up, my back resting against whitewashed…

Air travel is in terminal danger

19 June 2021 9:00 am

During the political car crash of 2019, I couldn’t imagine ever agreeing with Theresa May. Yet last week she exhibited…

A nicer side of Nero

19 June 2021 9:00 am

New York I haven’t felt such shirt-dripping, mind-clogging wet heat since Saigon back in 1971. The Bagel is a steam…

British broadcast news has gone badly wrong

19 June 2021 9:00 am

I’ve worked for some media thoroughbreds — including the Financial Times, ITN and CNN — so I know the sense…

A breath of fresh airwaves

19 June 2021 9:00 am

A couple of decades back the Radio Society asked me to moderate a debate for its summer festival. ‘Between who?’…

The Sun goes down

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Where did it all go wrong for the Sun?

The Covid Macguffin

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Why do current events read like a bad movie?

Being pro-Trump has caused me more grief than being Bin Laden’s niece

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Americans are, in my experience, the warmest, most kind-hearted and open-minded people in the world. I have found this to…

How to get into a club and on to a plane

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Disaster struck the Young family last Friday. My 12-year-old son Charlie woke up with a temperature. Ordinarily, that wouldn’t matter,…

Rules for a deconfinement dinner party

23 May 2020 9:00 am

The most visible local landmark is a solitary two-headed Jurassic mountain called Le Bessillon, six miles long and 800 metres…

What no one tells you about owning a horse

23 May 2020 9:00 am

When people ask me what I did during lockdown, I would like to give an inspiring answer, apart from growing…

Switzerland is now an enemy of the rich

23 May 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad The staff are back and all is well, as they used to say long ago in faraway places. The…

Envy is the greatest blight of all

16 May 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad Hippocrates is known as the father of Western medicine and he discovered and named a disease known as ‘micropoulaki’…

My first post-lockdown party

16 May 2020 9:00 am

France is divided into a red zone and a green zone. We’re green. Green for go. From this morning we…

Lockdown is making a Lib Dem of me

16 May 2020 9:00 am

If this lockdown doesn’t end soon we are all going to turn into hairy lefties. I have just cut the…

I salute Professor Neil Ferguson

9 May 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad Let me begin with a salute to the winner of this year’s Sir Jimmy Goldsmith prize: Professor Neil Ferguson.…

In praise of French doctors

9 May 2020 9:00 am

They made a better job of sorting out my waterworks

My toilet ultimatum to the builder boyfriend

9 May 2020 9:00 am

The rain showers had a strange and wondrous effect. All the cyclists, joggers and dog walkers that were coming from…

I’m imposing a one-woman trade embargo on China

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Without making any efforts in that direction, I now know all about a certain telecom firm’s future business plans. My…

The night I danced with Ginger Rogers

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad   When indolence becomes intolerable, remembrances of things past become a lifesaver. Charles Moore’s SpectatorNotes also helps. His recent…

How the French view their weekly clap for carers

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Once a week we break French emergency law and have a friend round for drinks on the terrace. The terrace…

Writing my High Life column made a man of me

25 April 2020 9:00 am

As Cole Porter might have said, only second-rate people go on and on about their inner lives. Self-analysis, according to…

Vodka, kaolin and morphine: my welcome drinks at The Spectator offices

25 April 2020 9:00 am

In 2001, aged 44, I was hired to write a weekly column for this august paper, and for the first…

We don’t have lockdown in Surrey

25 April 2020 9:00 am

The man was unloading cycles from the boot of his car just as I was about to take the turning…