holidays

The Spectator podcast: The plot against the Pope

10 March 2017 15:21

On this week’s episode, we take the Pope to task over his leadership of the Roman Catholic Church, ask whether Canada has…

Why I welcome the soaring costs of a holiday tipple

18 August 2016 10:49

I thought I’d be a pretty cheap date on holiday abroad this summer. I’ve abstained from all alcohol for the…

Sod the fines, parents are right to save on holiday costs

7 July 2016 10:44

With just a week or so to go before schools break up for the summer, are you one of the…

Airports are hell – no wonder staycations are growing in popularity

28 July 2014 13:10

Last week I experienced the horror of Stansted Airport. I had paid for a fast track through security to avoid…

The best book related magic trick in the world

15 August 2013 11:09

Normally you come to the Speccie Books blog, brainy bunch that you are, for high-minded literary comment. But this is…

If you’re on your summer holiday, why are you reading this?

8 August 2013 9:37

I’m in two minds about blogging this post. On the one hand, I’d really rather be on a sunny beach…

Jura Days

2 August 2013 13:10

Jura, George Orwell wrote, is “an extremely ungetable place”. It is easier, but only modestly so, to reach Jura now…

Summer reading? What about summer re-reading?

25 July 2013 10:17

What will you read over the summer? The newly announced Booker longlist? A selection of books from newspaper and magazine…

Summer holiday blues

5 August 2012 11:46

Sorry I haven’t been blogging much recently – I’m on the annual family holiday. We’re in Croatia, on one of…