Mark Palmer

On song: Bob Dylan performs at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in 2011; photographers are banned on his current tour

Never again, I told myself last time Bob Dylan was in town

29 October 2015 9:00 am

We were like four hapless contestants on University Challenge. None of us knew the answer. But just like they do…

Palaces and alleyways: Stone Town

The wonders of Zanzibar’s Stone Town

17 October 2015 9:00 am

Mark Palmer explores the Spice Island’s historic heart


Bring back the bungalow!

17 October 2015 8:00 am

We’re not building the right houses for our ageing population

Mario Balotelli (Photo: Jamie McDonald/Getty)

I've loved football for decades. Now I dread the start of the season

8 August 2015 9:00 am

I’ve spent years defending football from middle-class disdain. But I can’t do it any more


Letter from Cuba: The tourists are coming – but don’t expect Walmart just yet

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Sloppy Joe’s — which starred in the film of Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana — was always likely to…

Churchill returns to Harrow, his alma mater, in 1960

Why you (maybe) shouldn't skip that reunion

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Going to an old boys’ gathering can be great fun and really rather cheering, says Mark Palmer


Discover the blissful peace of Laos

25 October 2014 9:00 am

Mark Palmer enjoys the blissful serenity of Luang Prabang


Great masters

6 September 2014 9:00 am

It only takes one excellent teacher to transform someone’s entire school career, says Mark Palmer

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I'm sick of pretending not to care about the World Cup. Come on England!

14 June 2014 8:00 am

Let’s drop the cynicism and support Roy Hodgson’s England team

View of Antibes

My mother's passport to the Antibes good life

3 May 2014 9:00 am

My mother always said she wanted to ‘die tidy’. But I never imagined she would file everything away quite so…


Warning: upspeak can wreck your career

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Upspeak can damage your career prospects


Friends made at prep school - and kept for life - are worth paying for

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Mark Palmer on the friends he made at prep school – and kept for life

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In defence of having no opinion

29 June 2013 9:00 am

‘Where do you stand on Syria?’ asked my stepson. Tricky one. Clearly, the Assad regime is loathsome and the West…

Rocamadour, in the Dordogne valley

Notes on…The Charm of the Dordogne

25 May 2013 9:00 am

It’s only 150 years since a toff was roasted in the remote Dordogne village of Hautefaye. The poor soul was…

The old ways: family skiing in Switzerland, 1961

Downhill for generations

17 November 2012 9:00 am

Mark Palmer finds a family legacy on the slopes


Holidays from hell

29 September 2012 9:00 am

On the horrors of lazy travel writing


The pecking order

30 October 2010 12:00 am

My children have finally left home – but their pet parrot still controls my life


A social pariah in the shires

23 June 2010 12:00 am

The business of gaining acceptance into an old English village is almost impossible, says Mark Palmer, who reckons he and his wife may already have blown it

Rock the kasbah

4 June 2008 12:00 am

Mark Palmer discovers the lap of luxury in the Atlas mountains

Licence to thrill

23 January 2008 12:00 am

Mark Palmer regrets that the Aston Martin impresses only men


Heel thyself

31 October 2007 2:32 pm

Bespoke shoes

Piste off

27 December 2006 3:37 pm

Mark Palmer says that St Anton is a great resort even without snow

A very secret Santa

13 December 2006 1:52 pm

Mark Palmer does his Christmas shopping at the Travelling Souk

‘We don’t do burglary’

17 May 2003 12:00 am

Mark Palmer told the police who had stolen his Vespa and where they had taken it. He was greeted with complete apathy