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cows

Why I prefer cows to humans

September 19, 2019 11:24 am

The four-legged beasts are an improvement on the kind of tourists we’ve been getting of late

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

grow up

Why are Americans afraid to grow up?

September 18, 2019 11:56 am

Youth used to come with serious expectations

marie kondo konmari

The anti-KonMari method: the case for material attachment

September 14, 2019 9:06 am

Life can get messy

brontës

Inside the unassuming house where the Brontës’ creativity thrived

September 12, 2019 12:42 pm

I come in search of Emily’s gothic imagination and Charlotte’s eye for plot but find fabrics and beads behind glass

french

The mysterious ways of the French

September 5, 2019 10:50 am

Everything in this country is as strange to me today as it was five years ago

seattle cities

Do progressive municipal leaders want their cities to fail?

September 3, 2019 3:26 pm

Maybe they are nurturing the crisis to push through with their singular vision to cure all of mankind’s ills

man

How to be a man

August 29, 2019 11:38 am

Manhood is having a sense of duty that means you never leave a wife, but also a sense of entitlement that means you never give up a mistress

upper east side

Upper East Side dinners with Bret Easton Ellis and Tom Wolfe

August 22, 2019 8:28 am

The evenings were informal and relaxed

beach

The astonishing resilience of my beach paradise

August 22, 2019 8:14 am

There is evidence of the effects of climate change, but the marine environment bounces back quickly

tasiilaq greenland

A vacation in Greenland

August 21, 2019 8:13 am

For a country where people cling to the edges of a vast land mass, local identity seems important

walmart sex toys

Walmart shouldn’t be selling dildos

August 16, 2019 8:57 am

Let others fill that niche

birthday

Another birthday has got me down, but the alternative is being dead

August 15, 2019 11:06 am

I’ve never felt younger, but I have to stop giving advice to people

savannah

The spooky side of Savannah

August 8, 2019 1:55 pm

It might be exhausting to live here, but it’s friendly to visit

acropolis

Standing on the Acropolis brings out the Greek in me

August 8, 2019 9:41 am

Greece for me is territorial, but for many foreigners it is cultural and artistic

frog

How to boil a frog

August 3, 2019 3:35 pm

Cyril Ramaphosa’s versatile simile has much to teach us

A trip to Dartmoor Prison with my grandson and his cousin

August 1, 2019 2:59 pm

Nine-year-old Oscar is a mentor to eight-year-old Lucas

bob geldof

Chatting to Bob Geldof about Boris Johnson and Brexit

August 1, 2019 2:36 pm

Even Bob admits that Brexit has concentrated the minds of those lying bureaucrats in Brussels

serifos

No ‘cool’ people here: the joys of Serifos

July 25, 2019 11:18 am

Go to any island and you’ll see the men working and the women holding forth as mothers and housewives

samburu

Memories of my childhood in Samburu

July 25, 2019 11:10 am

My best friend Damayon went off to join the warrior age set: I never saw him again

italy

Italy, in seven hours and five trains

July 18, 2019 12:14 pm

People laughed when I told them my plan but nothing beats the window seat of a stopping train hugging the Ligurian coast

politicians

Let’s choose our politicians by random selection

July 18, 2019 12:00 pm

The politician who accepts power reluctantly and uses it sparingly is to be found only in Greek myths and in Shakespeare

coco guaff

Coco Gauff won fair and square, but she played terrible tennis

July 11, 2019 4:48 pm

Sportsmanship is a thing of the past, and Wimbledon crowds now act like soccer fans

climate

Tuscany’s killer climate

July 11, 2019 4:13 pm

As my engine died, a thunderclap exploded overhead and I noticed that I was freezing cold and soaked to the skin

disunited

What happened to the Disunited States?

July 4, 2019 10:22 am

Regional variations are wildly overstated