The Old Statesman
02 October 2013
From the Archive.
Europe
29 April 2002
In the memoir of his time as British film censor, John Trevelyan described the terrible trouble caused to him when the...
Society
25 December 2000
Some years ago, in the days before Christmas, there was a knock at the door. I opened it, and a group of slightly...
Society
18 December 2000
In 1984, Harrison Ford was being directed by Steven Spielberg in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom at Elstree...
Society
11 December 2000
Fortunately, nobody rang to ask me where I was when I heard that John Lennon had been shot, because I haven't a clue....
Society
04 December 2000
Do you want to hear something disgusting? Don't raise your hopes. This isn't the one about me and the goat. I'll save...
Society
27 November 2000
Once a new art form is invented and established, an infrastructure develops to maintain it: a college to train people...
Society
20 November 2000
When I was an avid reader of Biggles, in the late Sixties, I used to try to calculate Biggles's age, because I wanted...
Society
13 November 2000
I don't usually pay compliments to my wife, Nicci Gerrard, in this column. That's an understatement. I never have. Not...
Society
06 November 2000
When I was on holiday last week, I finished a book. Not writing one, unfortunately, but reading one. My copy of Balzac'...
Society
23 October 2000
It is not in any way my intention to write an amusing column about the latest escalation in violence between the...
Society
16 October 2000
The phone rings, you answer it, and a voice at the other end says: "Hello? Who is that?" So you say something like: "...
Society
09 October 2000
Years and years ago, when The Godfather Part II came out, it got a rave review from Margaret Hinxman, the then film...
Society
02 October 2000
When we moved to the countryside, I had an image of making civilised trips to London. You think of English gentlemen in...
Society
25 September 2000
Every so often, one of the children will come up to me and say: "OK, now: shut your eyes and open your mouth." Or...

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