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Luthier Ibrahim al-Sukkar's shop was bombed; when he moved, militants came for him. Over WhatsApp, he told me what's next.
My colleague Susan – tougher than me – said I should just drop him. And then, one day, the matter came to a head.
Amid the rancour, it is easy to forget what drove European integration in the first place: the two great wars in the first half of the 20th century.
Lucy Allan's "threat", Clean for the Queen and the case of the invisible frontbencher.
On the left and the right, the US political elite are drifting away from their core supporters.
With North Korea in the game, compromise and co-operation may no longer be possible.
Until recently, the tie had a totemic significance in British life, despite being (apart from its shape) utterly pointless.
Gazza’s time in China was a harbinger of big changes.
The Hollywood producer Sam Goldwyn once demanded, “Let’s have some new clichés.” The Daily Mail, however, is always happiest with the old ones.
It's an old trick: smother anything in enough jargon and you can avoid being held accountable for it.
By defining all of us as “pre-pregnant”, women are afforded all the blame – but none of the control.
As chair of the 1922 Committee, Graham Brady is a king among Tory backbenchers. So what does the ardent Eurosceptic make of David Cameron’s prospects in the EU referendum – and afterwards?
The fight at Verdun in 1916 set a precedent for peace that lives on at the heart of Europe.
The great conservative journalist Peregrine Worsthorne reflects on a long life at the heart of the establishment.
In 1916, in one of history’s longest and deadliest battles, 300,000 French and German troops died for a few acres of France. The ghosts still linger.
America’s Dreyfus: the Case Nixon Rigged tells the story of Alger Hiss, the American government official accused of being a Soviet spy.
"Yet how it waved, in coast’s late light. . . ."
Two new books take us inside the least regulated industry on the planet.
Bike messengers no longer comprise the militia they resembled when the Tories were turning London into a city of finance. But they still trail a thrillingly reckless air of romance.
In Pieter Bruegel’s hands, even black and white paintings can be full of colour, as a new exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery shows.
Drewzy (male, fortysomething) composedly, gently, talks of “time condensing like dew on a damp Cornish window”.
Inspirational artists don’t inspire the brave (they’re fine already): they inspire the timid. That's what David Bowie did for me.
With its over-saturation of guest stars and cheap gags, the chief thing this sequel has going for it is its looks.
The Master Builder at The Old Vic is even stranger than the original - especially when it tries to negotiate modern sensibilities.
From Sally Wainwright's fantastic writing to its peerless cast, Happy Valley is a quietly powerful gem.
Reunion by Fred Uhlman and Blood Brothers by Ernst Haffner reviewed.
A Mile Down: the True Story of a Disastrous Career at Sea by David Vann reviewed.
As profound as he was prolific, Simenon preached a doctrine of cool serenity.
The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie reviewed.
It’s not just a financial, but a macho thing – the big clubs want to show off that they have a whopper.
Forget the stereotype: Ukranian cuisine is about more than just borscht, as a new cookbook shows.
I have written before in this column about how deranging chain restaurants are. This week, I want to consider another egregious example: Patisserie Valerie.
In 1924, the Australian-born Muriel Matters stood for Labour in Hastings.
More blessings: the Wonderpass has finally opened.
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