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Jeremy Clarke’s heartbreak and A.L. Kennedy’s dislike of dates

15 December 2014 9:30

A.L. Kennedy Novelist I dislike dates. It’s either a yes, or a no. Why date? Sadly, I am both bad at reading the signals which indicate the outbreak of a… Continue reading

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Whitby Abbey after being shelled by German battlecruisers on 16th December.  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Coastal retreats

15 December 2014 8:30

From News of the Week, The Spectator, 19 December 1914: A SMALL squadron of German cruisers made an attack on Hartlepool, Whitby, and Scarborough on Wednesday morning. It seems that… Continue reading

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Matthew Parris and Dan Snow reveal their strangest dates

14 December 2014 9:30

Matthew Parris Spectator and Times columnist One evening in 1995 some friends brought a friend to dinner at my flat. His name was Julian, and he seemed rather bright. As… Continue reading

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Celia Walden with husband Piers Morgan.

Melissa Kite and Celia Walden recount their most disastrous dates

14 December 2014 9:30

Celia Walden Journalist and novelist It was supposed to be an interview, not a date. But Piers seemed to have other ideas. The Ivy dinner crowd was particularly amusing that… Continue reading

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May 1915:  Damage caused by an air-raid in St Denis, Paris.  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: An Englishman’s home

14 December 2014 8:30

From The Spare Bedroom, The Spectator, 12 December 1914: OUR national individuality has been threatened, with the result that all English institutions are at this moment specially dear to the… Continue reading

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German soldiers taking advantage of a suitable wind to emit poison gas from cylinders.   (Photo by Henry Guttmann/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Modern warfare

13 December 2014 8:30

From The New German Artillery, The Spectator, 12 December 1914: We shall have to wait a long time, we surmise, till the merits or demerits of the various new weapons… Continue reading

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James Runcie’s date didn’t turn fruity, despite him tasting of ‘erotic raspberries

12 December 2014 9:30

James Runcie Author of The Grantchester Mysteries I met Lucy at a dinner party in the early 1980s. By the main course we were holding hands under the table. She… Continue reading

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Over the top -- British soldiers in the trenches. Image: Getty

The Spectator at war: The picture of guilt

12 December 2014 8:30

From The Crowning Proof, The Spectator, 12 December 1914: THE crowning proof that German intrigue and cynicism caused the war was provided in the remarkable statement which Signor Giolitti, the… Continue reading

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Tanya Gold went on to marry the person she had her worst date with, Jack Whitehall didn’t

11 December 2014 9:30

Tanya Gold Food columnist My worst date was with the man who is now my husband. It was in February 1994, and we were both freshers at Oxford. He took… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Fighting for peace

11 December 2014 8:30

From President Wilson’s Message, The Spectator, 12 December 1915: We quite agree that it is the greatness and glory of America to be the true friend of all nations, to… Continue reading

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Toby Young and Taki reveal their strangest date

10 December 2014 13:22

Toby Young Status anxiety columnist About 15 years ago, when I was single and living in New York, I acquired what I can only describe as a stalker. A woman… Continue reading

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British sailors re-enacting a scene from the battle of the Falkland Islands for a film.  (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Blood and water

10 December 2014 8:30

From News of the Week, The Spectator, 12 December 1914: An incident connected with the naval action off the Falkland Islands which has touched us deeply, and which we are sure… Continue reading

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Maximilian von Spee – a German admiral whose command attacked British shipping and troop vessels after the outbreak of war

The Spectator at war: Revenge on the seas

8 December 2014 8:30

From News of the Week, The Spectator, 12 December 1914: The week has been a week of good news. Last in order but first in importance comes the naval victory… Continue reading

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Max Schulze in the dock at Exeter Assize Court on spying charges in 1911.  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: The honourable spy

7 December 2014 8:30

From The Honourable Spy, The Spectator, 5 December 1914: Decency is violated by the military spy when he becomes, for instance, a naturalized subject of a foreign Power only to… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Censorship and mystification

6 December 2014 8:30

From The Policy of Mystification, The Spectator, 5 December 1914: Let us say that we have not ourselves suffered from the Censorship at all. We have never submitted, and have… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Military timetables

5 December 2014 8:30

From News of the Week, The Spectator, 5 December 1914: Friday’s Times contains extracts from an interview with Lord Kitchener, published in the Saturday Evening Post— a weekly newspaper with a large… Continue reading

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King George V in uniform.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Good taste and good breeding

4 December 2014 8:30

From The King at the Front, The Spectator, 5 December 1914: It is impossible for the ordinary Englishman not to be delighted with the good taste and good breeding as well… Continue reading

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George Osborne, U.K. chancellor of the exchequer, leaves the HM Treasury building before heading to deliver his Autumn budget statement at the Houses of Parliament in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Lesson of the Autumn Statement? Boldness is best

3 December 2014 14:02

Here is a preview of the leading article from this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow, on George Osborne’s Autumn Statement:  When George Osborne first became Chancellor, he asked to be judged… Continue reading

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George Osborne, U.K. chancellor of the exchequer, leaves the HM Treasury building before heading to deliver his Autumn budget statement at the Houses of Parliament in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Full text: George Osborne’s 2014 Autumn Statement

3 December 2014 13:46

Mr Speaker, Four years ago, in the first Autumn Statement of this Parliament, I presented the accounts of an economy in crisis. Today, in the last Autumn Statement of this… Continue reading

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Over the top -- British soldiers in the trenches. Image: Getty

The Spectator at war: The waste of war

3 December 2014 8:30

From The Waste of War, The Spectator, 5 December 1914: The destruction which the Germans have wrought in the towns and villages they have occupied is a net loss to… Continue reading

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King George V in uniform.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: The King at the front

2 December 2014 8:30

From NEWS OF THE WEEK, The Spectator, 5 December 1914: THE King has been at the front during the past week, and as we write is still there. Indeed, it… Continue reading

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Gordon Brown Speech At Scottish Labour Headquarters

The best and the worst of Gordon Brown

1 December 2014 21:56

Tonight Gordon Brown announced he will stand down as an MP at the next election. Current political leaders have been paying tribute, with Ed Miliband calling his old boss a ‘towering… Continue reading

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28th February 1914:  Chelsea's goalkeeper runs out for a save against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: The great game

29 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 28 November 1914: Professional football is something worse than an excuse for young men who refuse to do their duty. It is actually an incentive to them… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s immigration speech: full text

28 November 2014 10:33

Today I want to talk about immigration. Just as this government has a long term plan for where we are taking our country so within that we have a long-term… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Preachers of sedition

27 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 28 November 1914: If the press is to be muzzled, why do not the muzzling laws hold good in Ireland? It is against all common-sense to place… Continue reading

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