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Jeremy Corbyn isn’t like Caligula’s horse – he’s like Caligula

Jeremy Corbyn has been compared to plenty of people over the past few months — a geography teacher, Michael Foot,…


Tristram Hunt’s diary: The rainy glories of Devon – and a cold political climate

‘Devon, Devon, Devon/ Where it rains six days out of seven.’ Nothing beats a British seaside holiday. And north Devon…


Why nothing in sport beats thrashing the Aussies at cricket

Why nothing in sport beats thrashing the Aussies at cricket

Prue Leith’s diary: When did weddings stop being for parents?

My Cambodian daughter and her husband have just got married again. Wedding One was a Buddhist affair in our drawing…

Tides of wealth: Polzeath beach

Would Betjeman recognise anything about today’s north Cornwall?

In a documentary filmed at the end of his life, Sir John Betjeman, who lived in the village of Trebetherick…

First he brought limp salad, and now it’s drizzling

The pitfalls of picnics (and how to avoid them)

Strange, isn’t it, that despite having such famously terrible weather, we Brits are so fond of a picnic. It’s something…

Letters: Booming churches, brilliant Swedes and who gets the VC

Growing congregations Sir: I would like to take issue with Damian Thompson (‘Crisis of faith’, 13 June) and his assertions…

A young family plan their time in Margate, 1955

Margate's return to Dreamland

How Margate got its groove back


A piece of primeval England reborn in Sussex

A piece of ancient England is being reborn around a castle in Sussex

Grayson Perry's 'Walthamstow Tapestry' (2009)

Grayson Perry - heir to Lewis Caroll and William Blake

At the Turner Prize dinner of 2003, as the winner, Grayson Perry, took a photo call with his family wearing…

Anita Dobson as Queen Elizabeth I in ‘Armada: 12 Days to Save England’

BBC2's Armada has something for everybody - including three yummy female historians

It has been a while since the BBC really pushed the boat out on the epic history documentary front. Perhaps…

A mural in Los Angeles commemorating the 1915 Armenian Genocide (Photo: Getty)

Scotland knows the power of a common enemy. We English don’t

When last Sunday Pope Francis took the brave step of acknowledging the Armenian tragedy as the ‘first genocide of the…


The myth of the housing crisis

The coalition is letting developers concrete over the countryside, but that won’t help young people buy houses

Dominique Strauss-Kahn Photo: Getty

France, England and the tragedy of DSK

When we consider poets who perished before their day, thoughts turn to the Romantics or the war victims: Burns, Keats,…

Jonathan Joseph celebrates his try with team mates during Six Nations match between Wales and England Photo: Getty

My grandson's getting into the rugby: 'Which one's West Ham?'

My grandson and I had a lovely hour-long swim at the leisure centre. We had the learner pool to ourselves…

Beauty and exhilaration: hunting in Norfolk

The sheer joy of hunting

This time three years ago, I hadn’t jumped a single thing for almost ten years. This season, I am happily…

Virgin and Child with Canon van der Paele flanked by Saint George and Saint Donation,  Jan van Eyck, 1436 Photo: Getty

Bruce Anderson’s diary: If you want to understand the SNP, it helps to be an ex-Trot

An embarrassing confession: in the late 1960s, I was a Trotskyite. But that period of political adolescence has its uses.…


Return of the fairy-hunters

An eccentric English tradition has attracted fresh academic attention

‘The plan was to pour the apple juice into an oak hogshead, freshly emptied of its whisky’

The birth of a barrel of cider

The fabulous October weather is now just a memory but it made for a golden, old-fashioned apple day down in…

Spectator letters: Mindfulness, addiction, and dinner with Richard Nixon

Mind games Sir: I hope that people are not unduly put off by Melanie McDonagh’s misrepresentation of mindfulness as a…

?Explore the Home Counties?, LNER poster, 1936.

Escape from Omnishambleshire: the case for the old county boundaries

If you want real local identity to thrive in England, put the old county boundaries back on the map

Spectator letters: In defence of the GMC and Ukip members, and how Rachmaninov spelled Rachmaninov

Nothing to fear Sir: So long as we are not breaking any law, we have nothing to fear from the…


I’ve spent years in war zones. And the most terrifying moment of my life just happened in Norfolk

I’ve spent years in conflict zones. But the scariest thing that’s happened to me involved two bull terriers on a Norfolk beach

The Garden of England

Why everywhere should be more like Essex

Apart from the Wye Valley, where I grew up, there are only two places in Britain I’d consider living: Kent…