×

Bloggers

The Village: Sunday-night TV at its most unsubtle and addictive

14 August 2014 16:38
The Village. Photo: BBC / Company Pictures / Brian Sweeney

Proof that television has changed a bit since 1972 came with an archive clip shown on BBC4 on Sunday. ‘My first guest:’ Michael Parkinson announced matter-of-factly on his Saturday-night chat… Continue reading

4 Comments

Downton Abbey water bottle boob

14 August 2014 16:13
Much hilarity over the appearance of a water bottle in the publicity shots for series 5 of Downton Abbey.

Somebody find Carson the butler!

3 Comments

Robin Williams in London

14 August 2014 14:46
Robin Williams outside the Comedy Store in 1978. Photo: Wynn Miller/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

In 2001 I wrote a book called The Comedy Store (still available in some good bookshops – and quite a lot of bad ones) about the London comedy club that… Continue reading

6 Comments

Up the workers!

14 August 2014 13:08
Money

Mr S was interested to read that Mark Carney has sounded the alarm on low wage growth. In light of yesterday’s announcements, the Times’s business commentator Andrew Clark calls for… Continue reading

16 Comments

‘Left Handers Day’ ignores the Ambidextrous and Transhand communities. End this discrimination now!

13 August 2014 14:55
All hands are equal, surely? (Image: ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Today is International Left Handers Day, ‘the 22nd annual celebration of lefthanders’ superiority’. It’s an opportunity for ‘Lefties’ and their Right-handed supporters to highlight the discrimination they face from the… Continue reading

40 Comments

Why is the SNP endorsing Israel haters?

13 August 2014 11:46
The Scottish National Party And Labour Battle For Control Of Glasgow In The Local Elections

Regular readers will have noticed that I don’t like Islamic fundamentalists. Nor — though this is perhaps less often on display — do I much like Scottish Nationalists. Not just… Continue reading

290 Comments

Lauren Bacall — a true great

13 August 2014 11:15
Lauren Bacall

As so often, no one put it better than Papa. Here is Ernest Hemingway talking of all the movies made from his novels and short stories: ‘The only two I… Continue reading

9 Comments

Shooting does more to protect wildlife than the RSPB

12 August 2014 19:09
Image: Getty

Today, the Glorious Twelfth, is the one day of the year most anticipated by game shooters – the start of the grouse season. But, as the first grouse make their way… Continue reading

54 Comments

How far do the Lib Dems want to go over Gaza?

12 August 2014 18:14
How far would this gruesome twosome go over Gaza?  (Photo by Ben Gurr - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Well, well, well. What’s all this then? Uncle Vince has announced the suspension of 12 export licenses to Israel. Here’s what he said: ‘We welcome the current ceasefire in Gaza… Continue reading

103 Comments

We may not think ourselves at war with ISIS but they are pretty sure they are at war with us.

12 August 2014 15:26
IRAQ-SYRIA-UNREST-YAZIDI-DISPLACED

John McTernan’s column in today’s Telegraph about Kurdistan – and our, that is the West’s, debt of honour to the Kurds – is a piece of which, I think, the… Continue reading

217 Comments

A lesson of Iraq in 2014: the nation-state is the future

12 August 2014 12:45
Female members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and an Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter take position on the front line in Makhmur, some 50 km south of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on 9th August 2014. (Image: SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

The collapse of some of the Sykes-Picot states in 2014 will spur people to ask which way the world is heading and what it all tells us, just as with… Continue reading

96 Comments

What’s your favourite Robin Williams one-liner?

12 August 2014 10:49
6th Annual Stand Up For Heroes - Show

Mr S was saddened to hear of the death of Robin Williams — a man who contributed to the gaiety of nations. People wax lyrical about Williams’s ability to inhabit… Continue reading

58 Comments

Ian Fleming, James Bond and The Spectator

12 August 2014 10:30
Ian Fleming

It’s 50 years since the death of Ian Fleming and The Spectator has always taken James Bond seriously. The writer of the Spectator’s Notebook in 1962 went along eagerly to… Continue reading

13 Comments

What is going on at the RSPCA?

11 August 2014 17:24
Cover_RSPCA

listen to ‘John Humphrys and the #RSPCA case of Claude the cat ’ on Audioboo The RSPCA have hit the headlines once again, after the story emerged of Claude, a… Continue reading

26 Comments

Owen Jones is lying about Israel. Plain and simple.

11 August 2014 17:22
Here's the (daily) proof of Hamas's murderous intent. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Owen Jones’s column in the Guardian is headlined ‘Anti-Jewish hatred is rising – we must see it for what it is.’ Sadly the article falls well short of that headline’s… Continue reading

677 Comments

Louise Mensch fat shames ISIS’s leader

11 August 2014 16:58
bagl

After Obama sanctioned attacks on ISIS over the weekend, a new hashtag began to trend on Twitter  - #AmessagefromISIStoUS. Via social media, militants from the Islamic State began to threaten anyone… Continue reading

79 Comments

Alex Salmond remains trapped in a currency quagmire with no way out in sight

11 August 2014 16:45
Royal Bank Of Scotland Unveil GBP8bn Profits

It has not been a happy few days for supporters of Scottish independence. It remains too soon to say whether – unusually – last week’s debate between Alistair Darling and… Continue reading

290 Comments

Maria Eagle is talking nonsense about floods and climate change

11 August 2014 15:06
Flooding Continues To Affect The Somerset Levels

The Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle headed off to Woking today, where she addressed an audience of environmentalists at WWF’s swanky new headquarters. Her speech, which was widely trailed, was… Continue reading

225 Comments

Forget warnings and labels. Make problem drinkers pay for their excess

11 August 2014 13:26
Pubs And Clubs in England and Wales Prepare For New Licensing Laws

It was news to me that there exists an All Party Commons Committee on Alcohol Misuse, but when you think about it, the notion makes complete sense; for evidence, all… Continue reading

48 Comments

Up yours George

11 August 2014 10:28
Villiers

The most uplifting news of the weekend? Israeli tourists defied George Galloway’s decree that Bradford become an ‘Israeli-free zone’. Better even that: plenty of locals came out in sympathy with… Continue reading

145 Comments

Martin Gayford meets the jazz legend Wynton Marsalis

10 August 2014 11:05
Wynton-Marsalis1

In this week’s magazine, Martin Gayford interviews the trumpeter and jazz legend Wynton Marsalis, who founded ‘Jazz’ at Lincoln Center in New York City. Here are some quotes from his piece. ‘One… Continue reading

4 Comments

3,000 masochists descend on Edinburgh

9 August 2014 11:30
Mel

And they’re off. The mighty caravan of romantic desperadoes, radical egoists, stadium wannabes, struggling superstars and vanity crackheads is on its way to Edinburgh. This year’s Fringe sponsor is Virgin… Continue reading

41 Comments

Spectator competition: write a preview in verse of when the lights go out (plus voter-repelling party political broadcasts)

9 August 2014 9:00
Flanders Fields 100 Years Since The Great War

The recent call for off-putting party political broadcasts on behalf of the Tories, Labour, the Lib Dems, the Greens or Ukip drew a surprisingly small entry. But the Green party… Continue reading

6 Comments

Did STV just come out in favour of the Union?

8 August 2014 18:20
(Photo: Getty)

STV were left red faced after the live streaming of the independence debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling broke down, which meant viewers outside Scotland were unable to watch… Continue reading

12 Comments

What has Hezbollah’s Secretary General been reading this summer?

8 August 2014 18:09
T.E. Lawrence's vision of Arabia.

In Britain we seem to be obsessed by what our politicians are reading this summer. It tells us, so we think, about the way they’re thinking or perhaps just what… Continue reading

43 Comments