Tag Archives: Spectator

Decline and Fall of the Bullingdon Club

This week's Spectator has a feature article and podcast by Harry Mount on the parlous straits of Oxford's Bullingdon Club. He confesses to having been a member himself but seems open minded about its likely demise: It isn’t quite dead — but … Continue reading

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Shades of Black Mischief

A recent "Wild Life" column by Aidan Hartley in the Spectator describes how the new British High Commissioner to Kenya has snubbed the few white farmers who remain in that country:I realised I had fallen from grace when we were … Continue reading

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Waugh and the McCarthyites

A blogger posting on a community news weblog for West Berkshire has been inspired by reading The Letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh to pronounce her assessment of Waugh's life and work (Penny Post, 29 Sept-9 Oct). After declaring Waugh a … Continue reading

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Waugh's Upper Lip in Poetry Competition

In this week's Spectator, Lucy Vickery posts the results of a competition she set for a poem relating to an author's body part. This was inspired by John Sutherland's recent book entitled Orwell's Nose. Several entries are displayed but, with one … Continue reading

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Saga Louts and BYPs

This week's Spectator reports on the growing problem arising from the increase in the population of "Saga louts." These are people in their 50-60s who have refused to grow up. They can frequently be observed misbehaving in pubs from which … Continue reading

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New Generation of "Wenlock Jakes" Superstars

Today's Spectator has a story about the Frontline Club in London. It was founded in 2003 with the idealistic goal of providing a friendly and neutral refuge for freelance international correspondents while they spent time in London recovering from the stress … Continue reading

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Waugh Family Urge Reinterment in Combe Florey Churchyard

The Spectator carries an article by Evelyn Waugh's youngest son, Septimus, urging that the graves of his father, mother and sister be moved a few feet into the churchyard at Combe Florey:Fifty years have passed since the death of my … Continue reading

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Country Life in the Plashy Fen

An article in this week's Spectator recounts the successful career of Country Life magazine. This is on the occasion of the BBC2's production of a 3-part documentary on how the magazine is put together. The article is written by Nigel … Continue reading

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Boris, Winston, Brendan, Rex and Waugh

In a recent Spectator blog, Nick Cohen takes Boris Johnson to task for his adoption of an exit EU strategy. Cohen sees this as nothing more than a cynical move by Boris to take over leadership of the Conservative Party. He … Continue reading

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Spectator Reviews New Campion Book

In this week's Spectator there is a review of the new detailed book on the life of Edmund Campion which was mentioned in an earlier post. The reviewer (David Crane) agrees with the publisher's press release in praising the book … Continue reading

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