UKIP, the SNP and the Greens cut through all the complexity and noise. They say quite simple things,...
16 January 2008 12:00 AM
The Golden Globes ceremony this year was my kind of ceremony. No party. No dinner. No speeches. Nothing. Just a list of winners and everyone going home without a goody bag, leaving only a big question hanging in the air: "Will the Oscars be just like this as well?"
14 January 2008 12:00 AM
11 January 2008 12:00 AM
In the old days, medical certainties stayed certain for a hundred years or more, but nowadays they can change overnight.
10 January 2008 12:00 AM
You can't help feeling sorry for the French, and admiring too. For nearly 50 years they have been waiting for a French international singing star to emerge, so that the rest of the world can bow down and worship. It used to happen in the old days. Maurice Chevalier was a big, big star. So was Jean Sablon. Charles Trenet. And Tino Rossi. All those big French suave stars of the 1930s. They all put France on the map, didn't they?
09 January 2008 12:00 AM
The other day I was passing the shelves on which I keep all my old travel books when one of them fell down and knocked me on the head, like an unwanted commuter being extruded at the wrong station. I picked it up and looked at it. It was a book about Romney Marsh, with photos by Fay Godwin and text by Richard Ingrams. Second edition, 1981. God was clearly dropping a heavy hint that I should read the book, so I did, and I am glad I did, because it left me with a very strong impression of an interestingly empty place, and a firm conviction that one day not too long hence I should go and visit the town of Rye again.
08 January 2008 12:00 AM
04 January 2008 12:00 AM
"How can you copyright Stonehenge?" said our resident Welshman. "It doesn't make sense."
03 January 2008 12:00 AM
"I read a story in the paper the other day that I could hardly believe," said the man with the dog, as he prepared to drink his first pint of the evening, while his poor dog prepared to slide under the table for a long period of tedium.
02 January 2008 12:00 AM
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28 December 2007 12:00 AM
Today I bring you the first post-Christmas advice column, so let's go with the first problem ...
27 December 2007 12:00 AM
We are now coming to that time of the year when almost the entire population of Germany and Scandinavia and even South Africa and Austria sits down to watch an English television programme that hardly anyone in Britain has ever heard of, let alone seen.
26 December 2007 12:00 AM
For a change this year, at Christmas breakfast, my wife decided to dish up a huge and wonderful bowl of kedgeree, and as the 12 of us dug in to the delicate dish (Did I say 12? Where did we all come from?) and the fragrant festive spirit of haddock, eggs, fresh chopped parsley and rice spread abroad, I thought just for a moment that we were all in danger of getting too happy, too soon, on Christmas Day.
24 December 2007 12:00 AM
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