Notes on…

floral

The problem with pretty floral face masks

September 22, 2020 11:37 am

Why are we prioritizing aspiration over respiration?

capital letter

Could Trump save the capital letter?

September 17, 2020 12:18 pm

The first alphabets solely comprised capitals

clams

Digging for clams on the Jersey Shore

August 26, 2020 1:00 pm

While some swear that only while barefoot can you properly detect clams, connoisseurs know that’s bosh

houdini magicians

American magicians in London

August 2, 2020 1:49 pm

In 2003, David Blaine spent 44 days in a plexiglass box suspended above the River Thames. It was amazing, yes, but it wasn’t magic

slippers

Slip tease

July 12, 2020 11:15 am

Slipper selfies reveal our work-from-home style

chess

Online chess is the ultimate lockdown sport

July 2, 2020 9:43 am

Unlike real life, the possibilities are never-ending

fans

Where’s the fun in soccer without the fans?

June 25, 2020 9:55 am

At dull matches, the fans are the best thing

robert baden-powell

Was Robert Baden-Powell a Nazi sympathizer?

June 18, 2020 11:40 am

The Scouts went on to help resettle Jewish children saved in the Kindertransport

cupcake

Arise, the cupcake

June 14, 2020 3:39 pm

It’s the Taylor Swift of snacks

field cloth gold

The festival where Henry VIII and Francis I made their peace

June 11, 2020 3:29 pm

On the 500th anniversary of the Field of the Cloth of Gold

abba bands

From ABBA to Pet Shop Boys: how bands got their names

May 28, 2020 11:40 am

The Ramones were paying tribute to Paul McCartney, who used the pseudonym ‘Paul Ramon’ when checking into hotels

puttanesca

Is pasta puttanesca the perfect lockdown dish?

May 14, 2020 11:34 am

The dish hits, with masterly economy, all five ‘taste groups’

owl

Even the owl in my garden is self-isolating

May 7, 2020 1:32 pm

Tawnies are territorial and will defend up to 50 acres of land

galway

Is there any better place for an EU-subsidized arts festival than Galway?

May 6, 2020 3:04 pm

I hoped my flight would be canceled but we left right on time

chesterton

The fight to save G.K. Chesterton’s home from demolition

April 12, 2020 10:29 am

A Londoner until the age of 35, Chesterton moved to Beaconsfield on a whim

walking

I’m walking round the country — in my back garden

April 9, 2020 9:54 am

This land used to be an orchard. These trees were here before I was here. They’ll be here after I’m gone

hens

The oddest thing people are stockpiling? Hens

April 2, 2020 12:25 am

They are so overjoyed by first light that they make an infernal noise — even if you don’t have a cockerel

winston churchill work from home

How to work from home (according to Churchill, Einstein and Napoleon)

March 26, 2020 12:56 pm

As P.G. Wodehouse finished each page of a book he was writing, he would pin it to his office wall at a height indicating how good it was

gun

My favorite gun is the gun that will save my life

February 22, 2020 7:40 am

‘Any man with any strength should go to a .45’

Cat cafe

Cat cafés mix business with pleasure

February 16, 2020 1:44 pm

Paws-itively purr-fect

christmas cards

The unwritten rules of sending Christmas cards

December 5, 2019 9:21 am

We always write ‘we really must see each other next year’ and we mean it, although we won’t see each other ever again

bridge

A bridge too far

December 3, 2019 9:38 am

I am a very demanding partner and, sometimes, unpleasant competition

e-scooters

E-scooters are a wretched species to be introduced into the urban ecosystem

November 23, 2019 8:07 am

DC is the Wild West of e-scooterdom: there are just too many operating here

riding

Riding means more than just control of the horse

October 12, 2019 4:17 pm

We have forgotten not just the use of horses, but also their value to our wellbeing

puppy-training

My puppy-training advice for Boris Johnson

September 19, 2019 11:06 am

Our grandchildren are suddenly lining up to come and stay