Simon Courtauld

Rock of ages: three centuries of British occupation

Why Gibraltar needs its hunt back

The British overseas territory of Gibraltar, or, as some would have it, the wart on the bottom of the Iberian…

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Verdi’s Don Carlos is the tops

I go to about half a dozen operas a year, mainly by 19th-century Italian and French composers, plus some Mozart,…


Art and the raging bull

In these days of growing concern at the methods of factory farming and the welfare of the animals which are raised and killed for our consumption, it is instructive to compare the life of domestic beef cattle with that of a Spanish fighting bull.


Cherchez la femme

The 22nd Earl of Erroll, Military Secretary in Kenya in the early part of the second world war, was described by two of his fellow peers of the realm as ‘a stoat — one of the great pouncers of all time’ and ‘a dreadful shit who really needed killing’.

Spain’s secret kingdoms

Few tourists see the buildings, birds and flowers of Leon and Burgos, says Simon Courtauld

Sacred heights

Simon Courtauld pays homage to one of the world’s great sights


Homage to Aragon

Simon Courtauld visits a battle-scarred memorial to the Spanish civil war


Farewell to a noble figure in Spectator history

Ian Gilmour, the former Spectator editor, who died last week

Who wants to buy our old office?

56 Doughty Street is a monument to the magazine’s history

Small is beautiful

My grandfather used to enjoy eating ortolans in Biarritz

Talking turkey

There won’t be any wild turkeys eaten in Britain this Christmas.

Good hare day

In my early days as editor of the Field, I read an article submitted by one of the magazine’s venerable hunting correspondents

A little snack

‘The partridge is the one bird I don’t touch’

King of the moor

The red grouse is a resilient little bird

Eat your hart out

The Countryside Alliance, through its Game-to-Eat campaign, has been doing some good work in promoting venison.

Free for now

Much of the frozen chicken and duck meat brought into this country comes from the Far East

Always around

There never seems to be any shortage of pigeons.

A far from plodding pedestrian

How much more do we need to know about Sir Wilfred Thesiger? Alexander Maitland, his literary executor and friend for…

The joys of rod and gun

The farmer and writer, A. G. Street, who in the 1950s co- edited with Max Hastings’s father a magazine which…