High life

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

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

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

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

conrad black

My feud with Conrad Black

May 23, 2019 4:33 pm

Conrad had gone as far as to place yours truly next to Melania Trump at dinner

new york nightlife

The death of New York’s nightlife

May 16, 2019 12:10 pm

Was the Manhattan I first lived in a beautiful illusion embellished by the innocence of youth?

lament

A lament for the UK and the US

May 9, 2019 1:49 pm

I went to see the Oklahoma! revival and walked out

charlottesville

Memories of a misspent youth in Charlottesville

May 2, 2019 11:53 am

Sebastian Flyte had nothing on me

tragedy trump

The comedy and tragedy of Trump

April 18, 2019 12:15 pm

Just imagine what an intelligent writer could do with Trump’s presidency

sackler

Mortimer Sackler and me

April 4, 2019 2:40 pm

A game of tennis with the founder of the disgraced drugs company told me all I needed to know about the man

new york

I’m back in New York: the city that’s perennially offended

March 21, 2019 11:54 am

Welcome, filthy island packed to the gills with angry, mean, squat Trump haters who live in decrepit buildings they share with rat

federer

Roger Federer, my hero

January 24, 2019 8:21 am

His elegance, manners, and sportsmanship will never be topped

new york

New York: the fact – and fiction

December 6, 2018 1:49 pm

I’ve had a good time in the Bagel and am always reluctant to leave it, but nostalgia has its limits

new york taxi

An extraordinary encounter in a New York taxi

November 22, 2018 8:20 am

A chance meeting with Ben Sonnenberg’s daughter

brooklyn heights

A love letter to Brooklyn Heights

November 1, 2018 10:23 pm

The ideal city living is the village life

new york

Requiem for New York

October 25, 2018 11:45 am

The Big Apple is a tired old place: upper-class vertical living has gone to seed and the fun honky-tonk side of the city has been gentrified and made boring

Amazon and Facebook: the twin evils of our age

August 9, 2018 7:17 am

Why is government absent when it comes to a predatory company out to destroy all opposition and pay the minimum tax in the process?

The Bible’s #MeToo problem

June 22, 2018 1:08 pm

King David’s reputation is already mud. He’s a rapist who sent Bathsheba’s hubby to the front line so that he can get her into his bed.

50 years after Bobby Kennedy’s murder, the ‘deep state’ still reigns supreme

June 7, 2018 12:36 pm

New York   This week 50 years ago saw the assassination of Robert Kennedy, a man I met a couple…

Circe has been recast as the girl next door – it’s a sign of the times

April 13, 2018 11:55 am

When poor old battered Odysseus landed on Circe’s island having lost all his ships (except his flagship) when he tangled…

In The US of A, it’s a woman’s, woman’s, woman’s world!

April 5, 2018 10:46 am

New York If Albanian television had shown the programme CBS did last week — with a woman who has sex…

The truth about Charles, Prince of Wales – and Larry Kudlow

March 28, 2018 11:12 pm

At dinner the other night a friend wondered what came first, social climbing or name-dropping? It’s obviously a very silly…

My date with Steve Bannon

March 8, 2018 12:00 pm

Gstaad The muffled sound of falling snow is ever-present. It makes the dreary beautiful and turns the bleak into magic.…