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Tim Hoare with Leopold Bismarck and Taki

Remembering Tim

Sep 14 2019

He was a Falstaff in his drinking and in celebrating life, but his greatness lay in his friendships. Like his closest friend Nick Scott, who

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Salvador Dali

Two Tomes

Sep 07 2019

Romy Somerset is the sweetest, nicest young girl in London. She’s also my goddaughter, and I remember during her christening at Badminton years ago the

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Aug 31 2019

GSTAAD—I was reading Julie Burchill’s review of my friend Candace Bushnell’s Is There Still Sex in the City? when one of the reviewer’s insights struck

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The Acropolis of Athens

The Fraud Squad

Aug 26 2019

Sailing in Homer’s wine-dark Aegean Sea is the best antidote I know to the brouhaha over the “Squad.” And traipsing all over the Acropolis and

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Southamtpon, N.Y.

Down Memory Lane

Aug 24 2019

GSTAAD—It’s written in the Declaration of Independence so it must be true, the pursuit of happiness as an unalienable right. There are those, of course,

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Pont Saint Michel, Paris

Pretty Wise for 38

Aug 17 2019

If it hadn’t arrived I’d be dead, but it was hardly welcome: another birthday. Thirty-eight years old on Aug.11, but for any pedant or two,

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Athens, Greece

The Road to Ruins

Aug 10 2019

I am struggling up the slippery marble steps of the Acropolis with the Geldofs and the Bismarcks. We gaze upward toward the facade of the

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Spetses, Greece

Loose Lips on Ships

Aug 03 2019

CORONIS—We are steaming on Puritan toward the private isle of Coronis for a long Pugs weekend and the boozing is easy. Sir Bob Geldof is

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Summer in Serifos

Jul 27 2019

He went away to fight and the war lasted 10 years. He missed his wife, but he didn’t worry one bit. She was in love

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Valor Is Wasted on the Old

Jul 22 2019

Here’s what a wise man recently said: “Our youth love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders, and

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Athens, Greece

Greece, Then and Now

Jul 20 2019

ATHENS—Standing right below the Acropolis, where pure democracy began because public officials were elected by lot, I try to imagine if random political selection today

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Summer Love

Jul 15 2019

The only true love is summer love, as the saying by Giacomo Casanova goes. Actually it’s mine, as the Venetian was too slick to differentiate

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Coco Gauff

Tennis Jerks and ‘Speccie’ Perks

Jul 13 2019

Martina Navratilova has never been shy telling it like it is. She came out when other athletes were hiding in their lockers, and recently spoke

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Kerkyra, Corfu

Electoral Chitchat

Jul 06 2019

Now it can be told! A Boris ex I sat next to last week gave me the scoop: He is absentminded, he’s disorganized, and he

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Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Portrait by François Gérard (1808)

Leonidas Said It Best

Jun 29 2019

The Duke of Marlborough gave a toast last week that brought the house down during a Turning Point dinner for those of us resolved to

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King Leopold II

Royal Treatment

Jun 23 2019

I remember it well. My friend and neighbor Baron Lambert had my wife and me to dinner at his Gstaad chalet, and the talk turned

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Tusmore Park

What a Week

Jun 22 2019

Bellamy’s and Oswald’s are the two best restaurants in London. Owned by two friends of mine, both gents, both English, the service and the food

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Boris Johnson

Tories and Tennis

Jun 15 2019

A lady once offered to go to bed with me if I could ensure her landing The Spectator’s diary. This was some time ago, but

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Il Duce

Baptism by Flier

Jun 08 2019

They were putting the finishing touches on the giant tent as I drove up to the Schloss Wolfsegg after an hour’s plane ride from Gstaad

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Ernest Hemingway

The Papa Connection

Jun 01 2019

I didn’t like it, and then I liked it. But a writer’s job is to tell the truth, as Papa said back in 1942. Hemingway

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Conrad Black

Black’s Life Matters

May 25 2019

Goody, goody gumdrops! The Donald has pardoned Lord Black and I couldn’t be happier. Conrad got a bum deal and spent three and a half

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Grand Central Station

Adios, Manhattan

May 18 2019

This is my last week in the Bagel and I’m going to give it the old college try. Two weeks without booze, ciggies, or ladies

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Richard Rodgers, Irving Berlin, Oscar Hammerstein II, and Helen Tamiris

Actually Great Theater

May 11 2019

Here’s a question for you: If your wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend, even toy boy lied repeatedly to you about a serious matter such as fidelity,

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Big Man on Campus

May 04 2019

Charlottesville is an enchanting Virginia college town graced by the neoclassical architecture of the university’s founder, Thomas Jefferson. I flew there with two friends, the

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Maya Angelou Street Art, Montreal

Just Say No to Saying Sorry

May 01 2019

Woke is the concept that everything must be inclusive and inoffensive. Oh dear! Being hyperaware of everyone’s sensitivities must make one a hell of a

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Feel Free Again

Apr 27 2019

NEW YORK—David Niven’s younger son Jamie, now an old man like yours truly and a bit overweight, approached my table and announced he had seen