04 October 1999
There are many soft delicate parts of your body that are horribly vulnerable to injury: eyeballs, eardrums, your own...
27 September 1999
I used to think I had the perfect system for winning at roulette. Many people believe they have perfect systems and...
20 September 1999
When I was 11 or 12, I walked into my biology class and there on the blackboard, drawn in profile, was a scrotum and...
He's lovely, they say. So is his family. But I can't ever meet John Peel, even though he lives nearby
13 September 1999
I heard about the various celebrations surrounding John Peel's 60th birthday with something close to alarm. In a...
What can you do when, dragged along by the kids to the latest Star Wars film, you face something utterly dire?
06 September 1999
Somebody once paid tribute to Shakespeare's Mark Antony by saying that he had drunk the "stale of horses", which sounds...
My gap year wasn't a success: I learnt little from preparing the high priests for orgies in the temple
30 August 1999
Is there anything that you can't buy a guide to? This week I discovered that there is now a library of guidebooks on...
Men don't stroke their beards in order to look wise; they're looking for bits of their lunch that may still be in there
23 August 1999
I see that Boots is going to create some stores that are devoted to men's cosmetics. In the old days, we men were so...
As Marx wrote, history occurs three times: first as tragedy, second as a movie, and third enacted by ducks
16 August 1999
One of the ducks that wanders around just outside our front door had nine ducklings a few months ago. Everyone loves...
09 August 1999
Is there something about becoming middle-aged that makes you - me, that is - cry more? I don't mean that I break down...
19 July 1999
There is a principle of evolution that Richard Dawkins explains using a comparison with climbing a mountain. Once you...
I've always been able to throw away the ladder. The trouble is that I was usually still on it at the time
12 July 1999
Once, many years ago, Werner Herzog heard that the German film critic Lotte Eisner was gravely ill. By his account, he...
05 July 1999
It seems to have become a tradition: every Wimbledon, I whine about how the men should be allowed only the single serve...
I met Harold Pinter once. He turned away without a word, which by his standards was a sign of friendliness
28 June 1999
A J Ayer was once rude to my mother. I'll break off there for a moment, because that affords an opportunity for one of...
21 June 1999
Two apparently unrelated observations from the past week. The first is the widely commented upon fact that Jonathan...
14 June 1999
I was away for a few days and I had only two things to read. The first was The Count of Monte Cristo. The other was a...