Society
23 August 1999
On my way out of Red Fort, in Dean Street, I bump into a young woman wearing an elaborate shawl who tells me...
Society
16 August 1999
I had my head half inside the freezer compartment and was meticulously dividing the number of ice-cubes in the tray by...
Society
09 August 1999
My own feeling was that the stifling weather and the rather modest status of the speaker would keep the numbers down,...
Society
02 August 1999
I was sitting quietly at my desk three months ago, wondering whether to finish a longish article on English identity in...
Society
26 July 1999
Helen Mandible rings up in the middle of Question Time to give me the exciting news that her first novel has been...
Society
19 July 1999
I have, at long last, been invited to speak at a literary festival. The organisers have asked me not to name the...
Society
12 July 1999
I've been greasing up to celebrities for the best part of 20 years. In the privacy of my own home, I'm the first person...
Society
05 July 1999
My first mistake was the duck joke: "This duck goes into a bar and says, 'Pint of bitter and a bag of your excellent...
Society
28 June 1999
One thing everyone knows about Stuart is that he absolutely adores his wife. So when he stopped over in London on...
Society
21 June 1999
Friday evening: another embarrassing incident in a high-class restaurant. I was halfway up the flashy flight of stairs...
Society
14 June 1999
We were sipping the dregs of the sauvignon and talking about parents and the terrible effect they can have on their...
Society
07 June 1999
James and Fiona are going to have a simply splendid wedding. They've found this beautiful little chapel in mid-Wales...
Society
31 May 1999
"I'm sorry to ring so late," said a woman's voice at the other end of the phone, "but I've applied for this job with a...
Society
24 May 1999
It's four weeks since I stopped checking my e-mails and I'm feeling better already. I'm even thinking of taking out a...
Society
17 May 1999
Could I ask a small favour? Even if you only intended to check out the general subject of this column before getting...

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