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The top loo books of 2015

21 November 2015 9:00 am

There is not, sadly, a dedicated Trivia Books section in your local Waterstones, although at this time of year there…

The Tower of Babel by Lucas van Valckenborch, 1591

The buildings we treasure most are often the ones we’ve never seen

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Here are two books which have almost nothing in common: form, function, source material, methodology, all utterly different. The surprise…

Fair, just, brave: George Bell, Bishop of Chichester 1929–1958

The Church of England’s shameful betrayal of bishop George Bell

7 November 2015 9:00 am

The Church of England has rushed to posthumously condemn one of the greatest men it has produced

Kandy mountains: buzzing bees and cigarette trees, pretty much

Sri Lanka makes me yearn to be a pre-war tea planter

17 October 2015 9:00 am

James Delingpole tastes bliss in the steamy heat

The frigate ?Coquille? anchored near Ascension Island, 1822-1825.

Notes from a very small island: wonderful, eccentric Ascension

17 October 2015 8:00 am

A toast to Ascension Island – remote, eccentric, and now vital to the space race – on its 200th birthday

Can politicians say ‘crusade’ again? David Cameron thinks so

17 October 2015 8:00 am

One thing grabbed my attention from David Cameron’s speech, long ago in the middle of last week. ‘We need a…

beauty girl cry

Proof that the British hardly ever had a stiff upper lip

10 October 2015 9:00 am

The last time I cried was September 1989. That was my first week at public school. The reason I cried…


10 October 2015 9:00 am

The death of Diesel The Volkswagen scandal has brought into question the future of the diesel engine. A century ago…

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

26 September 2015 8:00 am

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

White glazed bowl, Shunzhi-Kangxi period, Qing dynasty, 1650–70

The perils of porcelain – and the pleasures of Edmund de Waal

19 September 2015 8:00 am

A.S. Byatt on the dark, deadly secrets lurking beneath a calm, white surface

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Max Hastings’s diary: How sporting tourists play into Nicola Sturgeon’s hands

12 September 2015 9:00 am

During our annual odyssey around the Scottish Highlands, I read Tears of the Rajas, Ferdinand Mount’s eloquent indictment of imperial…

How ancient Rome turned immigrants into citizens

12 September 2015 9:00 am

In the migration crisis, the EU is currently acting just like the ancients, as if border controls did not exist,…

Fascist Salute

Forget Chilcot. Here’s the inquiry we really need

5 September 2015 9:00 am

What we really need is an inquiry into why so many of us are so eager to support ‘humanitarian’ wars

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A.N. Wilson’s diary: VJ Day and the Virginia Woolf Burger Bar

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Should we have celebrated VJ Day? Hearing the hieratic tones of the Emperor Hirohito on Radio 4 the other day,…


Labour always lurches left when it loses. But this time is worse

15 August 2015 9:00 am

The party always swings left after defeats. But this time is worse

The Alster: Hamburg’s centrepiece

Wealthy, cosmopolitan – and sometimes rough: the secrets of Hamburg (and my grandmother)

15 August 2015 9:00 am

‘What was it like growing up in Liverpool?’ a journalist asked John Lennon. ‘I didn’t grow up in Liverpool,’ he…

British actor Christopher Lee poses for

Who dares lies: why do so many men pretend to have been in the SAS?

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Why do so many men (including Sir Christopher Lee) fib about serving with the SAS?

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…

Labour’s austerity tradition

27 June 2015 9:00 am

The spirit of 1945 No one would have been more surprised at the sight of 100,000 people marching in London…

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Charles Moore’s notes: Grexit isn’t like Brexit (and that’s why it won’t be allowed to happen)

27 June 2015 9:00 am

People write about ‘Grexit’ and ‘Brexit’ as if they were the same, but they need not be. Grexit is about…


Trials of the century: sex, sodomy, espionage, theft and fraud

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Jeremy Hutchinson was the doyen of the criminal bar in the 1960s and 1970s. No Old Bailey hack or parvenu…

A political history of The Clangers

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Dropping the Clangers The Clangers made a comeback on BBC television. Some Clanger facts: — The actors doing the voices…

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Cameron’s EU referendum tactics make Harold Wilson look clever

13 June 2015 9:00 am

David Cameron is now facing the biggest challenge of his leadership: how to renegotiate Britain’s membership of the EU without…

An Australian soldier lies wounded in the foreground, as hundreds of other soldiers move among the dead and wounded on the beach at Anzac Cove on the day of the landing (Photo: Getty)

The only kind of story that makes me cry

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Memories of family members caught up in war bring a tear to the eye…

Businessman Alan Bond and Prime Minister Bob Hawke (Photo: Getty)

From surfing to takeovers: the story behind the richest man in Brazil

13 June 2015 9:00 am

The tectonic plates of economic life rumble and shift. As ever, market watchers are obsessed by big themes — and…