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Coronavirus is revealing uncomfortable truths about Japan

May 3, 2020 11:14 am

The rise of ‘Corona rikon’

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Dear politicians, life must go on

May 1, 2020 7:35 am

Are we all we so scared of being called insensitive that we can’t state the obvious?

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Did anyone really believe what my wife wrote about me?

April 30, 2020 3:45 pm

Spectator writers are almost never in earnest, unless it’s after midnight and we’ve been drinking

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The competitive world of COVID brides

April 30, 2020 1:19 pm

My wedding is off — but I’m one of the lucky ones

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‘Social distance shaming’ is getting nasty

April 30, 2020 12:15 am

Rudeness is spreading like a virus

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Could the lockdown have side-effects no one has considered?

April 29, 2020 11:24 pm

This virus is still evolving

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What can we learn about coronavirus from classic cinema?

April 29, 2020 4:06 pm

My Sam Peckinpah lockdown bender

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Heads in the cloud

April 27, 2020 12:57 pm

Life in the age of COVID-19 is connected but unconnected

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Why beards of convenience are a bad idea

April 24, 2020 4:28 pm

It went without saying, like all strongly held attitudes, that beards were repellent to women last century

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Getting coronavirus does not bring clarity

April 23, 2020 2:01 pm

There’s been much talk of the spirit of the Blitz, but there’s something of the spirit of East Berlin, too

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Now is the time for comfort reads

April 23, 2020 1:47 pm

In isolation, we can do nothing but trust — and if we disagree, at least do it nicely

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Spectator writers in lockdown — by the people stuck with them

April 23, 2020 12:46 pm

What’s it like being quarantined with Rod Liddle or Lionel Shriver?

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Ian McEwan: the strange vocabulary of coronavirus

April 23, 2020 9:22 am

We all know about ‘flattening the curve’, but are you comfortable yet with ‘fomite’?

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I hate joggers more than ever

April 22, 2020 11:31 pm

My walk is spent suppressing the inner Nazi who can’t believe the human race still refuses to be more like me

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Why ‘housewife’ is no more demeaning than ‘husband’

April 22, 2020 8:19 pm

‘Housewife’ meaning ‘woman in charge of a household’ was also sometimes pronounced ‘husif’. By the 16th century it was worn down to ‘hussy’

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How to cut your hair at home: top tips from Hugh Grant’s barber

April 20, 2020 1:41 pm

On average, hair grows half an inch a month, so cut off an inch to see you through lockdown

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Our puppy has no respect for the six-feet rule

April 16, 2020 6:11 pm

I have begun to suspect that the ‘poo’ in her breed name is not a reference to poodle but to something else

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Climbing the walls

April 16, 2020 12:12 pm

A lockdown challenge in Sri Lanka

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The guns of Alexander

April 11, 2020 1:12 pm

In the event of the gun confiscation fancied by the Democratic party’s billionaires and its NPR tote-bag carriers, the hinterlands will not submit

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Actually, it’s not ‘OK’

April 9, 2020 5:24 pm

Spending weeks or months lazy and directionless is going to hurt, not help you

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I’m recovering — but I glimpsed the coronavirus cliff edge

April 9, 2020 4:39 pm

I had a strong sensation of my body being invaded by a parasite which was sapping my strength

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I was relishing the lockdown a week ago, but now I need urgent hospital treatment

April 9, 2020 4:26 pm

I need to have a stent removed from my urethra — and pronto

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The way Greece has conducted itself in this pandemic is an example to us all

April 9, 2020 4:15 pm

Once this plague is over, national barriers might make a comeback and be seen as more than just an impediment to human freedom

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The online museums you’ll never want to leave

April 9, 2020 1:41 pm

If the blackout warden didn’t notice a sliver of light at your window, a neighbor would soon tell him

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Coronavirus has made amateur mathematicians of us all

April 9, 2020 12:57 pm

Mathematical models help you to feel like you have a handle on what’s going on