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Spectator competition winners: Literary April Fools

2 April 2017 15:16

The latest competition invited you to dream up an April Fool disguised as a serious news feature that contains a…

Spectator competition winners: an A-to-P of poetry

25 March 2017 15:00

The latest competition — asking for a poem of 16 lines in which the lines begin with the letters of…

Caption contest: Theresa May’s Vogue shoot

20 March 2017 17:18

Brexit and Budget ‘omNICshambles’ are enough to keep any Prime Minister busy. But even with her bulging in-tray, the Prime Minister…

What would we do without nutcases like Steve Backshall

19 March 2017 17:00

Down the Mighty River with Steve Backshall (BBC2) was perfect Sunday-night TV — one of the most enjoyable adventure travelogues…

Spectator competition winners: ‘This day is called the Feast of Tony Blair…’

12 March 2017 10:24

The invitation for poems making the case for a national commemoration day for a person or thing of your choice…

The plot against the Pope

12 March 2017 9:00

On the first Saturday in February, the people of Rome awoke to find the city covered in peculiar posters depicting…

Mike Ashley isn’t the villain in the Agent Provocateur deal

11 March 2017 12:00

Another eye-catcher, not least for the gratuitous picture opportunities it offered, was the sale of Agent Provocateur to a group…

Remembering Tristan Voorspuy, who was recently killed in Kenya

11 March 2017 11:00

After he left the Blues and Royals in 1981, the young Tristan Voorspuy drove a motorbike from London to Cape…

How the National Trust is spoiling its treasures

11 March 2017 10:00

Osterley Park on the western fringes of London is a rare survival. A Robert Adam house, with splendid Adam interiors,…

Islam – unlike Christianity – refuses to see virtue in secularism

6 March 2017 16:01

There was a good programme last week on Channel 4 about Muslims looking for love, or at least marriage. It…

The joys of the Nokia 3310

5 March 2017 12:00

I’m eager to order a Nokia 3310, the classic mobile phone of the millennium that was relaunched this week. The…

How refreshing to find the BBC doing its job instead of handwringing about Islamophobia

5 March 2017 11:00

Here’s the bad news. One day you or someone like you will be shopping in a mall or enjoying a…

Spectator competition winners: famous authors on the art of seduction

5 March 2017 9:45

The call for lessons in the art of seduction in the style of an author of your choice drew a…

It’s never good news when I trend on Twitter. The Oscars was no exception

4 March 2017 13:00

When Kingsley Amis won the Booker prize for The Old Devils in 1986, he said that he had previously thought…

A business rates rise benefits nobody

4 March 2017 12:00

I campaigned hard for a business rates review, and even tried to claim credit for it — or at least…

Paul Nuttall and the tricks memory plays on all of us

4 March 2017 11:00

Poor Paul Nuttall. He seemed to have everything a cheeky by-election victor needed: the outsider vim, the accent, the cap.…

Excusing a huge group of paedophiles isn’t the answer to tackling child abuse

4 March 2017 9:30

Chief Constable Simon Bailey, who heads Operation Hydrant, the police investigation of ‘non-recent’ child abuse cases, now says that paedophiles…

Emma Watson’s ‘have your cake and eat it’ feminism is hard to swallow

2 March 2017 11:29

There’s a real whiff of hypocrisy about Emma Watson’s latest shoot for Vanity Fair, in which she poses semi-nude. Women’s magazines…

Waterstones deserves to be judged by its bookshop cover-up

27 February 2017 17:43

Let’s get one thing clear: bookshops are a good thing. Waterstones — even putting aside the abandonment of its apostrophe…

The backlash against Waterstones’ ‘secret shops’ is absurd

27 February 2017 14:27

What calamity could possibly be worse than waking up to find that the small, rarefied town near your weekend cottage…

Moonlight richly deserved to trump La La Land. Here’s why

27 February 2017 7:43

Moonlight is, in fact, a traditional story about identity, and finding out who you are, but it has rarely been…

The most politically correct Oscars ever?

26 February 2017 17:54

Last year, the Oscars came in for quite a bit of criticism within the American film community. The problem wasn’t…

Leicester were right to sack Ranieri

24 February 2017 13:40

‘Inexplicable, unforgivable and gut-wrenchingly sad’, ‘nobody can delete the history you wrote’, ‘Shocked after last night’s display!’. No, these aren’t…

Storm Doris is here. It’s time to panic

23 February 2017 17:40

Today is Storm Doris’s day.  A woman called Helen Chivers, not Shivers as she should be, from the Met Office…

The post-fact world suits feminism just fine

23 February 2017 14:25

We now know that the video of a cyclist confronting a catcalling driver, which spent much of yesterday being circulated…