Alpha rising

When the announcement was made that Justin Welby, a disciple of the Alpha course, was to become the 105th Archbishop…

Soul on ice

I am following Ben Saunders into Scott’s Hut, the hut on Ross Island in Antarctica, the hut to which the…

Dangerous games

Egyptian croquet players are an indomitable bunch. Interrupt their game with a flurry of tear-gas canisters and they’ll halt proceedings…

Five-star schools

There are several ways to measure the scale of the cultural changes in the English private school of the last…

Stealth and privilege

These must be strange times for Eton. You spend centuries building a reputation as the school for the nation’s elite,…

A cool glass

Red-faced, plummy-voiced, with a big nose, the wine snob is a familiar social stereotype. He might laugh at you at a…

Socialist climbing

Not a day goes by without some second-tier shadow minister squawking about the ‘cabinet of millionaires’. Under the new politics…

How high?

The Square Mile is turning cubic. The sky above London’s financial district has already been scraped by Tower 42, the…

Reinventing the wheel

Until recently, leaving a big London party or a Mayfair club at closing time meant joining a forest of waving…

The African connection

Blame Princess Diana and the landmines. Blame Bob Geldof and Ethiopia, or go back further and blame Audrey Hepburn, Unicef’s…

Faked in Chelsea

For those lucky enough not have witnessed the latest cruel twist in the world of reality television, I recommend Geordie…

Paul Hood

Paul works extremely hard. In this industry, you only get out what you put in. If you work at a…

Quiet, please

I have recently had a new grandson. I say this almost as if it were a personal achievement, but grandchildren…

Club ties

Robin Birley wouldn’t speak to me because journalists always want to ask him about Annabel’s and his supposed feud with…

Gone girl

This month marks the 30th anniversary of one of Italy’s most iconic, and mysterious, crimes: on 22 June 1983, a…

Money walks

I can’t say I’m surprised that Ukip has started to attract support from rich aristocrats in the City of London, with…

Marc Hagan-Guirey

I’ve known Marc Hagan-Guirey, through his partner, for two or three years. I used to go to their house and…

Don’t call it junk

How long would you queue for a hotdog? You must answer this question if you are planning to go to…

First Murdoch, now the Mail… Alec Baldwin on his tempestuous relationship with the media

‘There’s a new chapter in my life,’ declares Alec Baldwin. That means his personal life — he recently married Spanish…

Cézanne’s ‘Les Pommes’ sold recently for £42 million at auction

Passion Plays

It’s a weird world, the one where love and money collide. Would you cough up £42 million for a depiction…

Dressing right

Imagine a giant Vegas hotel without the casinos. Replace the dancing girls and gamblers with right-wing political activists, lobbyists and…

Knock ’Em All Down

Few things look more grim than once pellucid glass turned opaque by the pitiless progress of urban grunge. Alas, concrete…

From Burgundy To Bastardy

In the world of wine, a word I deplore because of its overuse is ‘passion’. As in ‘a passion for pinot’.…

Save The Borrowers

In the disaster flick The Day After Tomorrow, a group of survivors shelters from an abrupt new ice age in…

Future Shelves

A quiet revolution has been taking place in public libraries in the United States. The adoption of ebooks has raised…