17 May 2004
I was spending a night at a good hotel in Manchester when I stepped into the corridor at the same time as the man in...
TV and Radio
10 May 2004
How to move on, in middle age, from a youthful obsession with pop music? It becomes a social question as much as a...
03 May 2004
When you climb into a London taxi you enter a small capsule of class consciousness. Among themselves, cabbies refer to...
Travel
26 April 2004
To Harrogate for a weekend break. The town, which always looks as if it's just been hoovered, and which I always...
Lifestyle
19 April 2004
Dear Henry: - Thanks for the e-mail, and congratulations on buying the house in Camberwell. I agree that £950,000...
12 April 2004
Last week I wrote here that I was 42. That was a mistake. I am actually 41, as my wife has kindly pointed out, and a...
Society
05 April 2004
Curtailment of ambition is the only cure for our modern neurosis. As Oliver James pointed out in his book Britain on...
Society
29 March 2004
I bought a book called Appearances: how to keep them up on a limited income, a reissue of a work first published in...
22 March 2004
Walking into Nat Sherman, the world-famous tobacconist's on Fifth Avenue, New York, some weeks ago, I quickly realised...
15 March 2004
''When a man is tired of London he is tired of life," wrote Dr Johnson. But I just find London perplexingly variegated...
Books
08 March 2004
When I started in journalism, it was always said that there were two classic stand-bys for feature articles. The first...
08 March 2004
A woman I know who lives in Fulham gets depressed in the winter school holidays because it seems as if all her...
Lifestyle
01 March 2004
Spring is approaching, and with it my second year as a gardener. The great success of my first year was a shrub called...
23 February 2004
There's a Guardian questionnaire which asks: "What is your favourite journey?" I think that mine is from my house to my...
Economics
16 February 2004
My son, given £1 at a car-boot sale to go away and shut up, returned with a minimalist-looking wallet, which I slowly...

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