23 August 2004
Moderately glum after a couple of weeks on the promotional trail for my novel ("The book is called The Blackpool High...
16 August 2004
I once complained to a friend that, having been educated at a secondary modern school, I understood few Latin tags, to...
Lifestyle
09 August 2004
''Do I look like Michael Vaughan?" asked my eight-year-old son as I walked into the kitchen one morning this week. "...
02 August 2004
I read Country Life magazine most weeks. My aim used to be to sell up in London and find a house advertised in its...
26 July 2004
One of the most interesting but also most boring books I have read in recent years is called The Design of Roundabouts...
19 July 2004
When playing Monopoly, my father was always determined to acquire Old Kent Road and Whitechapel, and to build on them...
Lifestyle
12 July 2004
Last Saturday, I was travelling to the north-west on one of Richard Branson's new Pendolino trains. These always bring...
05 July 2004
My wife once gave an interview to a glossy magazine about what she puts in our children's lunch boxes: "I always take...
Society
05 July 2004
When I wrote regularly about the Tube, I received a letter from an Austrian who said he was fascinated by two things...
28 June 2004
Interesting about those football hooligans arrested in Portugal being described as middle class. There was the son of...
21 June 2004
Five years ago, I used to see the cross of St George flying outside paradoxically American-looking houses as I drove...
14 June 2004
I wrote an article about my dislike of, and neurosis about, noise - and received a bulging postbag. The precise meaning...
07 June 2004
To Tate Modern, and the Edward Hopper exhibition. Nine quid to get in. The same thoughts run through my head whenever I...
TV and Radio
31 May 2004
On Monday 31 May, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue returns to Radio 4, presided over as always by Humphrey Lyttelton, who not...
Food and Drink
24 May 2004
The local Loch Fyne restaurant, outside which Gordon Brown and John Prescott supposedly plotted in Argyll, was very...

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