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The hidden cost of free technology

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Back in late 2019 I met someone from Zoom who was visiting London. The company, then as now, offered free…

Zippy and stylish, with a glint of mischief: William Forsythe’s The Barre Project reviewed

3 April 2021 9:00 am

In the early Noughties there was a Hollywood subgenre (by which I mean a few cult movies, each with terrible…

This fabulous play is like a Chekhov classic: The One Day in the Year reviewed

20 February 2021 9:00 am

The One Day In the Year is an Australian drama about the annual commemoration of the Gallipoli campaign in 1915.…

Our obsession with city living is out of date

30 January 2021 9:00 am

In March last year, the world made an interesting discovery. We found that a high proportion of knowledge-work could be…

My fateful appearance at the Bank of England’s Christmas drinks

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Tidings of comfort as the vaccination programme advances, but shortage of joy. That’s my summary of a season in which…

Can £3,000 make me as pretty as Emily Maitlis?

12 December 2020 9:00 am

If you’re a journalist with a fondness for appearing on television — and, let’s face it, most of us are…

Absorbing and beautifully designed: Jane Eyre reviewed

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Blackeyed Theatre is another victim of the virus. Its production of Jane Eyrewas midway through a UK tour, and due…

The genius of I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue

5 December 2020 9:00 am

I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue has just been voted the greatest radio comedy of all time by Radio Times,…

China’s rockstar-of-tech has fallen foul of Xi

14 November 2020 9:00 am

FTSE indices soared as the Biden Bounce met vaccine euphoria, underpinned by the Bank of England’s announcement of another £150…

Dear Mary: How can I wind up a Zoom call with a chatty friend?

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Q. Is there a tactful way to wind up a Zoom call when one of you has more time on…

The case for road rationing

3 October 2020 9:00 am

Here’s the quandary. How in future can we make the kind of rapid advances we have made during the Covid…

Bob Geldof is an unconventional Zoom host

5 September 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad I experienced my first Zoom conference last week, and didn’t think much of it. As the great Yogi Berra…

Edinburgh Festival is in ruins – but there's one gem amid the rubble

29 August 2020 9:00 am

The virus has broken Edinburgh. The shattered remnants of the festival are visible on the internet. Here’s what happened. The…

Zoom falling: has the video-call novelty worn off?

29 August 2020 9:00 am

A takeover battle for BT would bring much-needed excitement to the City — as well as a major political row.…

Andrew Marr: Scotland is slipping away from the Union

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Staying in Britain for the summer has been, in many ways, entirely glorious. We have zigzagged from Shropshire through Derbyshire…

Why our greatest inventors are supreme hucksters

8 August 2020 9:00 am

People often tell me I have a strange way of looking at the world. Obviously, it doesn’t seem strange to…

From riveting Hitchockian melodrama to bigoted drivel: BBC’s Unprecedented reviewed

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Back to the West End at last. After a four- month lay-off, I grabbed the first available chance to catch…

James Graham's small new drama is exquisite: BBC Four's Unprecedented reviewed

18 July 2020 9:00 am

Let’s face it. Theatre via the internet is barely theatre. It takes a huge amount of creativity and inventiveness to…

school

In Los Angeles, school’s out…forever?

16 July 2020 9:15 am

Americans have mixed feelings about opening schools this fall. Some — like the Trump administration’s Department of Education — want…

Will Zooming replace real-life socialising?

11 July 2020 9:00 am

‘Are you seriously telling me you would rather meet up on Zoom than in reality?’ I asked a friend as…

civilization costs debate

The big debate: is lockdown wrong?

26 May 2020 6:52 pm

Is lockdown a gargantuan mistake? That’s the view of a growing number of thinkers and critics, including The Spectator’s very…

How to go clubbing without leaving your living room

16 May 2020 9:00 am

To my surprise, what I miss most about life before the lockdown are parties. As others pine for restaurants and…

How Tom Stoppard foretold what we’re living through

9 May 2020 9:00 am

A TV play by Tom Stoppard, A Separate Peace, was broadcast live on Zoom last Saturday. I watched as my…

I hate joggers more than ever

25 April 2020 9:00 am

Empathy and kindness in these difficult times come more easily to some than others, but I’m trying. I had heart…

Dear Mary: How do I get out of bossy chain emails?

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Q. Each day while working from home, I have at least one hour-long meeting via Zoom. One of my colleagues…