Books
14 March 2005
Any native of Yorkshire writing a book about that county would not begin by slagging off Lancashire. They would just...
Society
14 March 2005
I have probably committed more indiscretions as a result of drinking wine than beer. It's a pretty close-run thing,...
07 March 2005
Every day, I go out for lunch in a caff, visiting a variety in rotation. I am slightly more food-conscious than most of...
28 February 2005
The Tumulus is a raised part of Hampstead Heath that was once thought to have been the burial mound of Boudicca. More...
21 February 2005
In celebration of the impending marriage of Charles and Camilla, I offer New Statesman readers my own autobiography as...
14 February 2005
There was a slight reservation in my gratitude as I received from my wife the gift of a ticket to see The History Boys...
07 February 2005
The most popular boys' names are Jack, Joshua, Thomas, James, Daniel and Samuel, and there's nothing naff there. The...
31 January 2005
I go to church about three times a month, usually to Evensong. I sidle in - often late - and sit at the back, like the...
24 January 2005
A frequent accompaniment of the mobile phone, in the hands of middle-class people, is a small bottle of mineral water....
17 January 2005
I walked into Davidoff of London, the tobacconist's in St James's Street, where I bought a Havana cigar. In response to...
10 January 2005
There I was, standing in a butcher's shop behind the actor Jonathan Pryce, waiting to be served. "Thank you, sir," the...
01 January 2005
Growing up in York, I often used to come down to London on the train with my free first-class rail pass, which I owned...
Society
13 December 2004
At Christmas people reveal their homes, their best clothes, their personal aesthetics - and their class. When I was a...
06 December 2004
I biked up Rosslyn Hill in Hampstead the other day behind a cyclist who might have been 70 years old. He cycled in the...
Film
29 November 2004
''Please switch off your mobile phones," reads the warning before the film is shown, and in my opinion it would be a...

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