HMS Tiger: the ship on which Rev Wilfrid Hannay Gibbins was navy chaplain, before being invalided on the grounds of ‘an old illness’

A reverend at war

10 November 2014 11:16

This evening – Armistice Eve – Ben Fleetwood Smyth (no relation) and Hugh Brunt will be putting on their annual British…

WW1 Recruitment Posters To Be Auctioned

2nd August 1914 – my grandfather prepares for war

2 August 2014 8:00

This week’s issue is dated 2 August. On that date 100 years ago, my great-grandfather, Norman Moore (always known as…

Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen are playing out their version of 'Don Giovanni'. (Image: Getty)

Simon Barnes: The England cricket team is playing out Don Giovanni

27 July 2014 14:03

Simon Barnes has written the diary in this week’s issue of The Spectator. Here are his opening two paragraphs: ‘Sport…

Outgoing editor of Londoner's Diary Sebastian Shakespeare. Photo: Editorial Intelligence/Flickr.

Sebastian Shakespeare leaves Londoner’s Diary

4 November 2013 13:34

All change over at High Street Ken this afternoon with the departure of Sebastian Shakespeare, who had edited the Evening…

Pippa reveals her talent for fly-fishing and defends her party book, Celebrate. Image: PA

Pippa’s exclusive office Christmas party tips

12 December 2012 11:36

Bestselling author Pippa Middleton has written this week’s Spectator diary*, in which she takes on her critics directly: ‘I have…

Edwina Currie's second volume of diaries is required reading for anyone who wants to enter the Commons. Image: Getty.

The loneliness of Edwina Currie

2 October 2012 9:49

Edwina Currie is very much an acquired taste and I am very happy that I acquired it in 1983 when…

From the archives: Is that you, Johann Hari?

15 September 2011 10:44

Today, Johann Hari admitted to vandalising his enemies’ Wikipedia entries using the psydonym David Rose. One of his victims, the writer…

Summer reading

21 July 2011 12:36

It’s a tradition of the British summer. A Tory MP produces a summer reading list of weighty and worthy tomes…

A very British diarist

23 August 2010 17:13

The extracts from Chris Mullin’s diaries that ran in the Mail on Sunday this weekend suggest that the second volume…