Simon Courtauld

Rock of ages: three centuries of British occupation

Why Gibraltar needs its hunt back

1 November 2014 9:00 am

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

Ramon Vargas as Don Carlo performs durin

Verdi’s Don Carlos is the tops

4 May 2013 9:00 am

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

25 June 2011 12:00 am

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

12 May 2010 12:00 am

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

19 November 2008 12:00 am

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

Sacred heights

14 May 2008 12:00 am

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


Homage to Aragon

23 January 2008 12:00 am

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


Farewell to a noble figure in Spectator history

26 September 2007 3:06 pm

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

Who wants to buy our old office?

7 March 2007 3:23 pm

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

Small is beautiful

10 January 2007 5:22 pm

My grandfather used to enjoy eating ortolans in Biarritz

Talking turkey

29 November 2006 3:37 pm

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

Good hare day

1 November 2006 4:41 pm

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

5 October 2006 10:04 am

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

King of the moor

9 August 2006 2:37 pm

The red grouse is a resilient little bird

Eat your hart out

12 July 2006 3:49 pm

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

Free for now

14 June 2006 2:48 pm

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

Always around

17 May 2006 2:54 pm

There never seems to be any shortage of pigeons.

Crashing boar

22 April 2006 12:00 am

Crashing boar

Quail order

25 March 2006 12:00 am

Quail order

Peter and friends

25 February 2006 12:00 am

Peter and friends

A far from plodding pedestrian

25 February 2006 12:00 am

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

Bargain brace

28 January 2006 12:00 am

Bargain brace

Carpe piscem

17 December 2005 12:00 am

Carpe piscem

Caviar crisis

19 November 2005 12:00 am

Caviar crisis

The joys of rod and gun

29 October 2005 12:00 am

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