26 February 1999
There are certain people who always have the same thing said to them. Mordecai Richler has written an amusing article (...
Moving house is the third most traumatic thing after death and divorce. Well, it depends whose death
19 February 1999
Whoever said "you can't go home again" was talking rubbish. I'm here. The other person was right, the one who said: "...
As Chris Woodhead says, pupil-teacher sex is indeed "experiential". But so are war, crime and serious illness
12 February 1999
Chris Woodhead is undoubtedly correct in what he said about affairs between teachers and pupils: "I think human beings...
05 February 1999
However happy I'm feeling, however sure I am that everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds, there...
The trouble with sex on TV is not quantity but quality. It's time producers made some really top-class porn
29 January 1999
Readers may or may not be surprised to learn that I come up with the ideas for my weekly column on my own. But this...
Any Eng Lit academic who admits to not liking long, hard, foreign novels should be publicly humiliated
22 January 1999
Have you heard of the game called "Humiliation"? It can be played by a small group of people and no implements are...
I've led a quiet, well-behaved, dull life. But on reflection, I shall not be putting myself forward for public office
15 January 1999
It seems an appropriate and prudent moment to confess that I have been entirely faithful in my marriage. And I am not...
08 January 1999
During the past few years we have developed a way of starting the new year which, as rituals go, seems only marginally...
01 January 1999
I'm a bit constrained in what I can write this week. My solicitor has said that I am absolutely not allowed to write...
18 December 1998
I never quite know what to do about Christmas cards. Some years I send them, some years I don't. The result is a...
I have eaten so much offal that I may be the one person who is due to die next year of mad cow disease
11 December 1998
Nobody has yet asked me to name my favourite book (or indeed anything else) of the year, and it's getting rather close...
04 December 1998
Has anybody famous come out of the "Fame School of Performing Arts" that Paul McCartney helped set up in Liverpool four...
27 November 1998
The other day I read the New Statesman's recent supplement on lifelong learning. Somebody had rung up various famous...
Moving house can turn sweet old ladies into Al Pacino, but at least you get to nose round their bedrooms
20 November 1998
I've been trying to imagine how I would describe what it's like to move house to someone who had never done it....
13 November 1998
When you're sitting there in the morning, munching your cereal and reading the back of the packet, do you ever wonder...