Mark Mason


Sir Ian Botham is a hero – and a fool

28 November 2015 9:00 am

In 1981, when I was ten and Ian Botham was 26, I thought he was God. Now, the week after…

Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, from the east, painted by the Flemish artist Jan Siberechts in 1695. In the foreground the D-shaped bowling green sits on a raised terrace with a banqueting house on its southern side

Discover your inner nerd

7 November 2015 9:00 am

There’s a curious thing about the bowling green in my Suffolk village. The footpath running alongside it is on a…


From Spike Milligan — and Marge Simpson — with love, light, peace and great respect

24 October 2015 9:00 am

This book is a serious bit of kit. Its hard covers measure 28.9 by 21 centimetres, and it weighs 1.62…

Apple Store Soho Presents Meet The Actor: Aidan Turner, "Poldark"

Why isn’t it creepy when women phwoar at Poldark?

3 October 2015 9:00 am

When women lust after blokes on telly it’s funny, not seedy

She knows who’s next

Six rules for a perfect pub

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Whenever one of those news stories appears about how many pubs have been forced to close in the last year,…

Robin Williams as the boy who finally grew up in Hook, 1991 (Photo: Amblin/Kobal Collection

I’m 43. Why am I still so reluctant to call myself a man?

15 August 2015 9:00 am

I'm 43. Why do I still not refer to myself as a man?

Selling power: a Spitting Image Thatcher puppet

Which political souvenirs are worth hanging on to

18 July 2015 9:00 am

My first reaction on hearing of Margaret Thatcher’s death in 2013 was: ‘Great — now my autograph from her will…

Just say no (Photo: George W. Hales/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Customer surveys: just say no

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Against the customer service Q&A

Would he rather have had the money?

How to buy a father’s day present (if you must)

6 June 2015 9:00 am

No man ever watched a £20 note flutter from an opened Father’s Day card and thought: ‘How disappointing — not enough…

Simon Armitage (Photo: Getty)

‘Do you write your own poems?’ and ‘Shall I introduce you again in case people have forgotten who you are?’ — bracing questions for Simon Armitage on his coastal walk

30 May 2015 9:00 am

It’s a real skill, writing about a journey where nothing ever happens. We shouldn’t be surprised that Simon Armitage is…


How your funeral director is ripping you off

16 May 2015 9:00 am

Funerals are a rip-off. But you can do something about that

(Photo: Getty)

Monopoly is fascinating – as long as you don’t try to play it

25 April 2015 9:00 am

I knew there had to be a point to Monopoly. The game itself is tedium made cardboard, the strongest known…


Fat, lazy and dangerous: meet the mobility scooter louts

11 April 2015 9:00 am

The mobility scooter plague

The writing on the wall: some of the well-preserved hieroglyphs at Karnak

Tourists are trickling back to Egypt – to beat the crowds, go now

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Egypt’s revolution of 2011 didn’t just get rid of President Mubarak: it did a pretty good job of clearing out…


London's new owners are Chinese

28 March 2015 9:00 am

The latest wave of foreigners to reshape London are from the Far East

A print of girls in a gym from 1884

2,5000 years of gyms (and you’re still better off walking the dog)

7 March 2015 9:00 am

My favourite fact about gyms before reading this book was that the average British gym member covers 468 miles per…


Attack of the personal space invaders

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Who are these chaps who insist on standing so close?


Soon, parents will stop wanting their children to go to university. And they'll be right

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Why being a graduate is about to lose its prestige


Check yourself: have you succumbed to this corporate speak epidemic?

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Is there any cure for this piece of corporate speak?

Incredible shrinking county: the tides at Freshwater Bay

A museum of dirty postcards and Britain’s coolest bulldog: visit the strange side of the Isle of Wight

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Every day the Isle of Wight becomes England’s smallest county: when-ever the tide comes in, the island steals the crown…


Get through airports hassle free

29 November 2014 10:40 am

Fed up with airport security? Have your luggage delivered door-to-door

La Marocain restaurant at La Mamounia

Mark Mason avoids S.A.D. in Marrakesh

29 November 2014 10:40 am

Churchill retreated to Marrakech in the winter to banish his blues — it will do the same for you


Did you do something for the last time today?

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Life is full of little endings. We should pay them more attention

Bing and Bob on the Road to Singapore. One had talent; the other tried harder

Did anyone ever really love Bob Hope?

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Why does everything these days have to be a superlative? Why must writers scream for our attention, yelling that the…