Good luck having a proper holiday if you own a smartphone

3 August 2014 14:00

This time last year, the Spectator’s Clarissa Tan discussed how you can never really have a proper holiday if you…


The View from 22 – learning to switch off, is London the new Venice and Britain’s shale ambitions vs. the EU

8 August 2013 14:10

Will holidays ever be truly relaxing again? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, Mary Wakefield and Freddy Gray discuss…

Dead Sea

Kindling by the pool – the changing face of holiday reading

23 May 2013 7:57

I’m writing this by the pool in Greece. It’s not a pool I own, you understand (though give it a…

Rod Liddle's Italian idyll has been disturbed by news that Owen Jones appeared on Question Time last night. Image: Getty.

I hear Owen Jones was on Question Time last night, was he awful?

23 November 2012 13:36

My friend woke me up this morning. I am in a tiny apartment in Italy, finishing a book. I mean…

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Wanted, books to read

21 July 2012 12:30

I’m off for my annual digital detox: no ConservativeHome, no PoliticsHome, just my wife’s family home in Stockholm and swapping…

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Gone holidaying

21 July 2012 12:05

Sorry folks, but you’ll not have me to kick around these next two weeks. I’m away to the Isle of…

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Staycation reading

19 July 2012 11:00

When it comes to choosing good books to read on holiday, I am a great believer in selecting reading matter…