Word of the week: Spike

WORD OF THE WEEK: SPIKE

Definition: To rise or increase sharply. The government is fighting a daily battle against spikes in the number of new cases of Covid-19...

Can the new Spitting Image rekindle its past glory?

CAN THE NEW SPITTING IMAGE REKINDLE ITS PAST GLORY?

Given Donald Trump's penchant for bling, love of taco bowls and mixed record with women, it seems strange nobody has really bothered...

 
 
 
How to move house: a step by step guide to selling and buying

HOW TO MOVE HOUSE: A STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO SELLING AND BUYING

Obsession can cloud rational thinking and nowhere is it more prevalent than when buying a new home. Covid has amplified it, propelled...

From Russia with love: 12 films set in the former Soviet Union

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE: 12 FILMS SET IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION

With Russia back in the news yet again, it's interesting to note how comparatively few English language movies are set in the country. Admittedly...

 
 
 
The favourite holiday spots of politicians - from Ibiza to Mustique

THE FAVOURITE HOLIDAY SPOTS OF POLITICIANS - FROM IBIZA TO MUSTIQUE

For politicians, summer holidays are a stressful business - as Grant Shapps can confirm. If he was in any other job, winding up in...

How will the government's new planning reforms affect house prices?

HOW WILL THE GOVERNMENT'S NEW PLANNING REFORMS AFFECT HOUSE PRICES?

Predictably enough, communities secretary Robert Jenrick launched his proposed planning reforms by raising the plight of young people....

 
 
 
How to see Europe by train

HOW TO SEE EUROPE BY TRAIN

My husband and I had originally planned to hop on a flight as soon as we were married last December - perhaps to the US or New Zealand...

How to shop ethically: five easy steps

HOW TO SHOP ETHICALLY: FIVE EASY STEPS

We're rapidly discovering that our fast fashion culture comes with ethical consequences. As recently reported in The Times , a third...

 
 
 
A car to take flight in: The Jaguar F-Type R Coupe reviewed

A CAR TO TAKE FLIGHT IN: THE JAGUAR F-TYPE R COUPE REVIEWED

There are supercars which travel with their own myths: cars that you can hardly bear to touch for fear of maiming them. That is what...

The best road trip films to watch this summer

THE BEST ROAD TRIP FILMS TO WATCH THIS SUMMER

There is something quintessentially American - or, in the case of Y Tu Mama Tambien, Mexican - about the road trip film. Although there...

 
 
 
From The Shard to Soho: where to Eat Out to Help Out in London

FROM THE SHARD TO SOHO: WHERE TO EAT OUT TO HELP OUT IN LONDON

If there were times during the lockdown when you actually hallucinated about eating a meal that you hadn't had to plan, queue for the...

A criminally good pint: the best London bars with shady histories

A CRIMINALLY GOOD PINT: THE BEST LONDON BARS WITH SHADY HISTORIES

Given its rich history, it's no surprise that our capital is the subject of thousands of salacious stories - particularly when it comes...

 
 
 
How to dine like the Queen

HOW TO DINE LIKE THE QUEEN

Just a hundred or so food and drink companies across the world can boast of being long-term suppliers to the Royal Household. The list...

Five vineyard mini breaks.in Britain

FIVE VINEYARD MINI BREAKS.IN BRITAIN

As the UK reopens to domestic travel, vineyards across England and Wales are also starting to welcome us back. Tucked into idyllic...

 
 
 
What to eat in the heat: from fresh salads to iced desserts

WHAT TO EAT IN THE HEAT: FROM FRESH SALADS TO ICED DESSERTS

As is always the case in the UK, we get one or two brilliantly, blindingly, unbearably hot days, which tend to lead to constant perspiration...

August 1st: why did Sam Mendes edit out Daniel Craig's gloves from Skyfall?

AUGUST 1ST: WHY DID SAM MENDES EDIT OUT DANIEL CRAIG'S GLOVES FROM SKYFALL?

Every weekend the Spectator brings you doses of topical trivia - facts, figures and anecdotes inspired by the current week's dates...

 
 
 
The best stand-up comedy on Netflix

THE BEST STAND-UP COMEDY ON NETFLIX

The cancellation of this year's Edinburgh Fringe - Britain's biggest stand-up festival - will have been a serious blow for comedy fans. Would-be...

Why sub-tropical Tresco is the ideal holiday spot for the Cambridges

WHY SUB-TROPICAL TRESCO IS THE IDEAL HOLIDAY SPOT FOR THE CAMBRIDGES

The curse of travel writing is that every so often you stumble upon a spot that is so unspoilt that you'd rather stay tight lipped...

 
 
 
Why romesco sauce is king of the dips - and how to make it

WHY ROMESCO SAUCE IS KING OF THE DIPS - AND HOW TO MAKE IT

I love a good dip. If you invite me round to your house, sit me down at your table with a glass of wine, and present me with a dip...

Forget going abroad - the Highlands have it all

FORGET GOING ABROAD - THE HIGHLANDS HAVE IT ALL

If you mentioned you were off on an island-hopping holiday, most people might assume you were off to Greece, or the Croatian coast....

 
 
 



Coronavirus: Aberdeen's match at St Johnstone postponed after positive tests

Coronavirus: Aberdeen's match at St Johnstone postponed after positive tests

Aberdeen's Scottish Premiership match at St Johnstone on Saturday has been called off after two Dons players tested positive for the coronavirus. Read more ...

Ex-Labour MP Eric Joyce sentenced to 8 months in prison for making indecent...

Ex-Labour MP Eric Joyce sentenced to 8 months in prison for making indecent image of child

FORMER Labour MP Eric Joyce has been sentenced to eight months in prison for making an indecent image of a child. Read more ...

Hulkenberg is back in the RP20 for 70th GP

Hulkenberg is back in the RP20 for 70th GP

Nico Hulkenberg will continue to drive for Racing Point at the 70th Anniversary GP after Sergio Perez returned a second positive test. Perez was forced to sit out the British... Read more ...

I'm A Celebrity.Get Me Out Of Here! moves to the UK for 2020 series

I'm A Celebrity.Get Me Out Of Here! moves to the UK for 2020 series

I'm A Celebrity will also be back on our screens I'm A Celebrity ...Get Me Out Of Here! will move to the UK to film this year. ITV announced today that the 2020 series will... Read more ...

France next on list as Rishi Sunak warns ‘we won't hesitate' to quarantine...

France next on list as Rishi Sunak warns ‘we won't hesitate' to quarantine more countries

UK arrivals from France could face a two-week quarantine The Government has hinted that France could be next on the list of countries forcing returning travellers to face... Read more ...

Selling Sunset season 2 recap with every feud and one fiery engagement party

Selling Sunset season 2 recap with every feud and one fiery engagement party

Netflix reality series hit Selling Sunset has wowed its fans with Tarek El Moussa, Chrishell Stause, and - of course - Christine Quinn but what went down in the second run? Read more ...

Alexis Sanchez's parting shot at Man Utd after landing £9million pay off

Alexis Sanchez's parting shot at Man Utd after landing £9million pay off

The Chilean forward has signed a a three-year deal at Inter Milan, having seen the remaining two years of his £560k-a-week contract at Old Trafford paid off this week Read more ...

Szafnauer finds the ‘good news' in the FIA ruling

Szafnauer finds the ‘good news' in the FIA ruling

Racing Point may be 15 points and 400,000 Euros down but the “good news” for Otmar Szafnauer is that the RP20's brake ducts are technically legal. After three protests and a... Read more ...

Three Liverpool aces fight it out for PFA Player of the Year as De Bruyne...

Three Liverpool aces fight it out for PFA Player of the Year as De Bruyne leads opposition

Three Liverpool players are included on the seven-man shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year award, with Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne the most likely rival to the trio. Read more ...

Arteta overruled as Arsenal put FA Cup starter up for sale for £30m

Arteta overruled as Arsenal put FA Cup starter up for sale for £30m

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has reportedly been put up for sale by Arsenal as the Gunners desperately try to raise cash this summer. The 22-year-old, who was a key figure on the... Read more ...