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Miles Remembered: Hangovers can be a profitable part of life (16 March 1987)

Miles Kington, who died last week, wrote a much-loved daily column in this paper for two decades. In his honour, we are reproducing some of his finest writing

Miles remembered: An editor's dream dies

The last time I spoke to Miles Kington was three days before he died. It was 6pm, the Comment pages were due off in an hour, and he still hadn’t filed. For Miles, this was unheard of. His stuff was usually in by early afternoon. Day in, day out, for more than 20 years, he was 100 per cent reliable, and 100 per cent brilliant. An editor’s dream, in other words.

Death of a polymath: 'I assumed Miles would always be there'

When Andreas Whittam Smith opened his <i>Independent</i> and read that the columnist Miles Kington had died, he felt as if a dagger had pierced his heart

Michael Bywater remembers Miles Kington

Humorous columnist, broadcaster and the inventor of Franglais

Let's Parler Kington: Miles at his very best

The master humourist remembered

Miles Kington: This is becoming a year of seasonal sporting confusion

You could take shiploads of cricketers down the other side of the Equator and play cricket in what was their summer and our winter

Miles Kington: All you need to know about your end-of-year tax return

They discovered that, from a tax point of view, it would be advantageous if Peter Hain held on until near the end of the month before resigning

Miles Kington: How railways almost landed me a job in Hollywood

The other day I was sitting with a group of friends watching a film they wanted us to watch, called Little Miss Sunshine, and I am glad they did, and we did, because it was very good and very funny, but the really funny thing was that right at the very end while we were still idly watching the credits the name of the producer was flashed up and it was Ron Yerxa, and I said, "My God! Ron Yerxa! I know that name! In fact, I have met him! Now, where did I meet him... I know! He was the young man who came across from Hollywood..."

Miles Kington: You can turn anything into a pantomime if you try

The nearest we get to chatting about culture in the pub, usually, is discussing last night's telly. So it came as a bit of a shock when someone said they had been to the theatre the other day. It was the lady with the green/brown hairdo. (She has recently reverted to whisky mac as her favourite winter tipple, and tinted her hair accordingly. Or at least given her coiffeuse some imprecise instructions to tint her hair accordingly.) She had been to Bristol for an evening out.

Miles Kington: Did you know the Second World War ended in the 1960s?

It has suddenly occurred to me that I have never brought you the answers to our great Christmas Quiz!

Miles Kington: The weird and wonderful world of 'boutique medicine'

"It's the boutique medicine of the future," says Professor Peter C Albertsen. "We can know what diseases we will have to face in the rest of our lives."

Miles Kington: The truth about Peter Hain (if you can stay awake for it)

I am quite often stopped in the street by little old ladies who ask me to help them to the other side and then, as we are slowly trying to defeat the traffic, fill in time by begging me to give them the lowdown on this whole Peter Hain business.

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