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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

Chris Cuomo

Chris Cuomo’s coronavirus circus

April 26, 2020 6:55 pm

Cuomo rose from the dead on Easter Sunday

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The radical history of The Spectator

April 26, 2020 10:57 am

Once again, The Spectator was putting principle before both party and profit

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How ‘furlough’ became mainstream

April 24, 2020 6:05 pm

Ben Jonson spelt it vorloff in recognition of its Dutch origin

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How The Spectator discovered Helen Mirren

April 24, 2020 5:37 pm

From Enoch Powell to Danny La Rue: Hilary Spurling remembers how she was given free rein when she took over the arts and books pages in the 1960s

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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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How to buy The Spectator’s 10,000th UK edition in the US

April 24, 2020 12:12 pm

The key to our longevity is that The Spectator is unique; it dares to be different

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If you really want to lose friends, start a magazine

April 23, 2020 5:23 pm

Julie said if she ever saw me in the Groucho Club again, she’d stab me with her nail file

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Vodka, kaolin and morphine: my welcome drinks at The Spectator offices

April 23, 2020 5:09 pm

After I’d partaken of this cocktail with Mary Wakefield, I had my first encounter with a speechless Boris Johnson

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Writing my High Life column made a man of me

April 23, 2020 4:59 pm

It anchored me and gave my playboy life a sense of purpose

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Would Churchill have worn a face mask?

April 23, 2020 3:59 pm

There is something smug and averse about people in masks — but better smug and averse than dead, I suppose

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I love my fellow hacks – even when I disagree with them

April 23, 2020 2:55 pm

As I grow older I am gladder and gladder for people who keep firing off in style, whatever the incoming flack

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Real problems erase fake ones

April 23, 2020 2:38 pm

Should unemployment skyrocket in the US, the fracas over Confederate monuments will evaporate

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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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The secrets of The Spectator’s success

April 23, 2020 1:36 pm

It is striking to find the Spectator writers who later became famous

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Inside the Chinese Twitter spin machine

April 23, 2020 1:16 pm

Because the Beijing trolls clearly despise Trump’s America, fewer pundits seem to mind

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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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The Spectator’s love affair with satire

April 23, 2020 12:22 pm

No one is safe from the scalpel — not even the magazine itself

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Sugared with wit: How ‘Mr Spectator’ came to life

April 23, 2020 12:11 pm

He was the ideal role model for a newly urban and commercial society

advertisements

Ad infinitum: 200 years of Spectator advertisements show how little changes

April 23, 2020 11:55 am

Advertising, like tabloid journalism, is as eternally relevant as the works of Shakespeare

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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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The contenders — and challenges — in the race to cure COVID

April 22, 2020 11:58 pm

There are reasons to be optimistic about the therapies being tested

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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’