Notebook

trump

Trump’s story is still not over

November 25, 2020 12:00 pm

He is the first president since Reagan who did anything for underprivileged Americans

humor

Trump’s humor is his weakness — and his strength

October 29, 2020 8:26 am

When he slings nicknames at his opponents and otherwise goes off script, both he and the crowd get to enjoy themselves

noor bin ladin

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

October 8, 2020 9:37 am

Why do I support Donald Trump? Look at his record

lockdown

We’re spending lockdown defending a family of mice

July 9, 2020 8:01 am

You can tell you’ve been locked down in Texas for too long

tanzania

Why is the WHO so worried about Tanzania?

May 21, 2020 6:08 pm

For a start there is inadequate testing and almost no sharing of data

hospitals

In New York’s hospitals, we need all the help we can get

April 9, 2020 12:11 am

Conference rooms are turned into wards, wards have become intensive care units

harnden

A final farewell

March 17, 2020 4:06 pm

Some carefully chosen words about what it means to say goodbye

jewish joy

Joy is the Jewish way of defeating hate

March 17, 2020 11:49 am

Someone once summarized the main Jewish festivals in three sentences. ‘They tried to destroy us. We survived. Let’s eat’

parasite

Joan Collins: Parasite didn’t deserve to win Best Picture

February 20, 2020 11:16 am

It now seems that it is absolutely prohibited to say anything about anything that doesn’t conform with the proscribed mores of the politically correct majority

new york

An Englishman in New York

January 24, 2020 4:05 pm

Mist was blowing in drifts off the East River and already I could feel the intoxication of the city

cressida bonas

Cressida Bonas: Everyone seems to have very strong opinions about my wedding

January 16, 2020 8:41 am

I always imagined I’d have a small wedding, until I realized our two families alone come to 120 people

ben schott

Ben Schott: I’m Tony Blair’s brother (according to Google)

January 9, 2020 11:12 am

I was there at the very beginning, when Olivia Colman starred opposite her husband-to-be in a 1995 Cambridge production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Table Manners

joan collins

Joan Collins: I’m an actress, not an actor. And yes, it matters

December 23, 2019 7:42 am

Actress is such a graceful word, so evocative of elegance, refinement and poise that the common and blunt ‘actor’ cannot possibly conjure

washington

Washington in winter

November 27, 2019 4:21 pm

The city is quiescent if you compare it to London during Brexit, or New York or Rome during anything

joan collins

Joan Collins: why I love London taxi drivers

October 24, 2019 11:04 am

I confess I don’t walk if I have to travel more than a half-mile

paul dacre

Paul Dacre on the British media, courts and David Cameron’s ‘drug taking’

October 3, 2019 1:31 pm

‘I know what this is all about — it’s Brown trying to expose my drug-taking.’

algeria

Algeria reminds us that the current of colonization doesn’t always run just one way

September 5, 2019 9:38 am

It was North Africans who did much of the conquering of north Britain for the Romans

afghanistan

In Afghanistan, Trump and the Taliban want the same thing – Americans out

August 22, 2019 9:12 am

Someone should write a book about the utterly dispiriting architecture of the Global War on Terror

lebanon

Lebanon: the world’s best failed state

August 1, 2019 10:46 am

However bad things get, most Lebanese I speak to believe that at least they won’t get dragged into another war with Israel

gaza

Tunneling my way into Gaza

May 30, 2019 7:17 am

The food has improved in Israel since I was last here

turkish

The day Turkish democracy died

May 23, 2019 4:40 pm

‘I built up a really nice business over 10 years and then they came in like gangsters and took it all away’

new zealand

We thought New Zealand was safe from extremism. We were wrong

March 21, 2019 11:37 am

The attack has revealed the ugly rise of white supremacy

delhi

Delhi notebook: Nuclear war is not around the corner

March 7, 2019 1:03 pm

Narendra Modi is soaking the country in stories of soldierly virtues

freezing chicago

Here in freezing Chicago, we’re secretly rooting for global warming

February 7, 2019 10:10 am

Any boreal hotting up has got to play out to our advantage eventually

caracas

Fear and foie gras: a Caracas notebook

January 31, 2019 9:54 am

The collapse of the currency means there are two types of Venezuelans now. Those who have dollars. And those who don’t