Life

Taki: In praise of French women

20 January 2018 9:00 am

I spent the better part of two sunny days indoors writing about authenticity for a Greek magazine, a strange subject…

Jeremy Clarke: The power of ‘Bonjour’

20 January 2018 9:00 am

In France, or in Provence at least, polite rule number one is to say hello. You must offer a distinct…

Melissa Kite: The death of humour

20 January 2018 9:00 am

A vet has accused me of a ‘hate crime’ for making a joke about vets. On the basis that everything…

Why I’ll chain myself to an earthmover at Kempton Park

20 January 2018 9:00 am

I have never been one for system betting but one little piece of guidance returns to my mind at the…

Bridge

20 January 2018 9:00 am

The first home tournament of 2018 was last week’s four-day European Open Trials. Ten selected pairs played 216 boards at…

Wine Club 20 January

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Well, I don’t know about you but I found the recent festivities somewhat challenging. I didn’t draw a sober breath…

Willing to wound

20 January 2018 9:00 am

‘Willing to wound and yet afraid to strike,’ wrote Alexander Pope about Atticus. Those lines more or less describe the…

no. 489

20 January 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from O. Howell-Pickersgill, Hastings 2017/18. White now terminated proceedings abruptly. What was the key move?…

Rude food

20 January 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3031 you were invited to provide a review by a restaurant critic that is tediously loaded with…

2342: Decorative

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Two unclued lights are terms for the same style. One, consisting of two words, forms a cryptic indication of each…

solution

20 January 2018 9:00 am

A beastly business The quote is 1A/92/18D from the poem ‘A Visit from St Nicholas’. The theme was the names…

Why my pet dog Leo had to go

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Readers may recall that the Young family welcomed a new addition to the household about two years ago: a Hungarian…

The Battle for Britain

20 January 2018 9:00 am

A nice, cuddly NHS would be bad for us

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Recently the NHS postponed a large number of non-urgent operations to cope with what is known as the ‘annual winter…

Mary solves your problems: How can I get over my smartphone separation anxiety?

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Q. I will be 80 in March and all my friends will expect to be asked to the celebration. My…

Is the great vintage of 2015 retreating into itself

20 January 2018 9:00 am

We were pondering the relationship between military history and wine vintages. It is extraordinary to think that the French managed…

Where does Donald Trump’s new favourite word come from?

20 January 2018 9:00 am

In Polite Conversation, Jonathan Swift presents dialogues made up of clichés, banalities and catchphrases. When Miss Notable makes a remark…

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…

Jeremy Clarke: Escaping from Colditz with Professor Brian Cox

13 January 2018 9:00 am

By New Year’s Day I’d had enough of festivities. Instead of getting out of bed, I turned over, put my…

Melissa Kite: No more Cinderella complex; no more males rescuers needed

13 January 2018 9:00 am

In 2018 I am going to drill, hammer and paint my way to glory

How to bee-proof yourself

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Kenya  First comes a distant hum, rising in volume until I hear it coming straight at me like Niki Lauda…

Bridge

13 January 2018 9:00 am

My friend Neil Mendoza and I had a great finish to 2017 when we won the Portland Club’s annual Auction…

On speed

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Although it does not have the prestige of the Classical World Championship (to be staged in London in November), the…

no. 488

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Carlsen-Anand, Riyadh Rapid 2017. The needle clash from the Rapid was Anand’s destruction of…

First thoughts

13 January 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3030 you were invited to provide a poem entitled ‘January’.   I mentioned William Carlos Williams, R.S.…