Allowing me the freedom to take my pension as a lump sum on retirement will, likely as not, mean tha...
I am grateful to Tom for asking a question that I couldn’t immediately answer. Actually, he merely p...
Ed Balls, the shadow Chancellor, was on Pienaar’s Politics on BBC Radio 5 Live. It was interes...
21 December 2007 12:00 AM
Getting through newspapers as quickly as possible is made much easier if you simply follow the Miles Kington method and avoid all articles which feature a certain word in its heading.
20 December 2007 12:00 AM
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14 December 2007 12:00 AM
Someone once wrote a piece which started: "A Perfect Gift For the Man Who Has Everything. Penicillin!" That may be very funny for most of us, but is rather offensive to those who really have got everything. How these unlucky millionaires must dread Christmas, when their nearest and dearest ring them up and say, "Any good ideas on your want list this year?" and they have to say drearily, "Well, I really do think I've got everything I need..." or even worse, lie and say, "You're not going to believe this, but I'm very low on socks..."
13 December 2007 12:00 AM
It was the annual 2007 meeting of the British Food Item of the Year Campaign, and time for the keynote speech. So all eyes were on Sir Hector Pascal as he made his way up to the podium in Sandwichmakers Hall, the great livery company HQ in which they were privileged to be gathered this evening.
12 December 2007 12:00 AM
11 December 2007 12:00 AM
I come to you today to sing the praises of something which restores the colour to the cheeks of the word "bookish", namely the magazine called Slightly Foxed. Have you come across this? You have to keep your eyes open as it is a quarterly the issue are spring, summer, etc and is entirely dedicated to pieces by writers about other writers they have loved, or feel are neglected, or whom we may take for granted.
10 December 2007 12:00 AM
06 December 2007 12:00 AM
There was an elderly man sitting opposite me in the train yesterday who looked so respectable that I got quite a shock when, halfway through a newspaper article, he said something rude under his breath. He looked up, caught my eye and apologised.
05 December 2007 12:00 AM
I have had a letter from a reader who has asked me to settle for once and for all the answer to the question "What is a City?"
04 December 2007 12:00 AM
03 December 2007 12:00 AM
It's been far too long since we last consulted the top gods. By which I mean since we paid a visit to the United Deities, that non-stop divine talk shop which all gods are entitled to attend, so they can discuss how we humans are managing the planet. Here are some of the minutes from last week's session ...
29 November 2007 12:00 AM
Yes, it was in February this year that I was one of the guest speakers at the Oxford Union, along with Peter Stringfellow, ex-Major Charles Ingram (of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? fame), Theo Paphitis from BBC 2's Dragon's Den and other media riff-raff. Our motion was, roughly, "That this House thinks the Acquisition of Wealth is the Clearest Path to Happiness", and I can't think why there weren't hordes of protesters besieging the building over this inflammatory and flagrantly capitalist bunkum.
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