Camper van of choice in the Sixties and the stalwart of small businesses: the Bedford CA at 70

The Bedford CA was once a part of everyday life, on a par with listening to The Archers on the BBC Home Service. They served as delivery vans, ambulances and milk floats, cameoed in Doctor in Distress and Carry On... Read more

A transitional salad for spring (and winter’s apparent return)

Last Friday, I talked about my penchant for a transitional salad, where the assemblage of bits and bobs on your plate are as fresh as they are pleasingly warming and hearty.  In the past week, I have got slightly burnt... Read more

Covid conundrums: your all-new etiquette guide

According to the Office for National Statistics, around one in 16 people across the UK had Covid in the week ending March 19. Anecdotally, that seems conservative, meaning it’s no wonder that hundreds of thousands have signed a petition asking... Read more

How to cope with financial PTSD

Thompson’s situation worsened when she was sexually harassed at work and had to leave her role. Her relationship also ended and she was forced to find a new job and flat. “I became very unwell,” she recalls. “I didn’t sleep... Read more

Why getting lost in the country is something that only city folk do

Is it news to anyone that country folk have a better sense of direction than their city-dwelling counterparts? I assumed it was because there are still parts of Suffolk where access to Google Maps is, shamefully, not considered a birthright. Apparently, though,... Read more

This is a new age of chaos, famine and disorder

Almost inevitably, economic turning points tend to be more obvious with the benefit of hindsight than they are at the time, but even the blindest of observers couldn’t fail to notice that we are in the midst of just such... Read more

Nicola Sturgeon’s litany of blunders is finally catching up with her

It is, in Scotland, the eternal question: how have the SNP managed to defy political gravity for so long despite an ever-growing list of policy failures?  The inevitable follow-up question is usually voiced with a sense of frustration: will that... Read more

Extinction Rebellion have become Putin’s useful idiots

To say that the world has changed in the three years since Extinction Rebellion first blockaded Oxford Circus for a fortnight would be an understatement. Then, at least, we could laugh at the likes of Robin Boardman-Pattison, a Bristol graduate... Read more

The public sector is still living in a lockdown fantasy

The ghost of lockdowns past still haunts Britain, despite the Government ending free mass coronavirus testing this week. Covid prevalence is still high, with the official figures showing that 15,632 people in England were in hospital with the virus as... Read more

Emily Thornberry launches a pro-woke coup

A political scrap has broken out on the new All Party Parliamentary Group on the National Trust, set up by Tory MP Andrew Murrison to scrutinise some of the organisation’s woke activities. It all started when shadow cabinet minister Emily... Read more

Chill financial winds are about to be felt

Just as everyone was thinking the heating could be turned off until the autumn, winter returned with a vengeance yesterday with snow and biting winds across the country. The cold weather could hardly have come at a worse time: today... Read more

The monetary props of the global asset boom are rapidly crumbling

It is a fiscal agent, like the Banca d’Italia in the 1970s. Its de facto mandate is to keep insolvent Club Med states afloat and to mask the full extent of France’s deteriorating public debt profile. This ensures a dovish... Read more

The NHS is in thrall to a deranged progressive ideology that is harming mothers and babies

It was hard to read. The Ockenden report into the deadly failures of maternity care at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust is a compendium of incompetence, tragedy, callous resistance to change and downright abusive treatment of labouring and grieving... Read more

How to save energy in the home: 10 essential questions answered

No one was laughing when Ofgem announced it was increasing its price cap on April Fools Day. And sadly they weren’t joking either.   GoCompare Energy warned that some households could be paying 54 per cent more for their gas and... Read more

William Sitwell reviews Bob Bob Ricard: ‘This could be the most raucous ride in the City’

Enter into the vortex of the City of London’s Bob Bob Ricard and even before you hit the famous ‘Press for Champagne’ button or throw back the first offerings on the menu – vodka shots at minus 18C – you... Read more

I’m invisible to my wife – should I leave her for a 22-year-old student?

Dear A&E,  I am a 56-year-old professional guy, married with a couple of older teenagers – I have provided very well for my wife and children but I am invisible to them all. A year ago I was working in... Read more

The simple trick to help midlife men up their workwear game

A man’s sense of style changes as he grows older. I know mine certainly has, and what I value now are clothes that make me feel good. I focus on fabrication more, and on ease and comfort. I don’t think... Read more

At 72, Twiggy is proof that older models are the most relatable campaign stars

When it comes to advertising campaigns, the fashion and beauty industries don’t exactly have clean copybooks. Blighted by lack of race and age diversity, in recent years brands have tried to do better, but only after being shamed into doing... Read more

Inside the Queen’s Balmoral wardrobe and the clothes she wears in her ‘happiest place’

Are you fortunate enough to have a second home? In which case, you’ll doubtlessly have a second wardrobe. For unless said home is in the same town or city as the first, the likelihood is that you bought it specifically... Read more

Patrick Demarchelier didn’t just transform Diana’s image – he turned royalty into stars

It was the Princess’s idea to call him for her Vogue cover. She’d seen his fashion pictures in the magazine, including one of Claudia Schiffer cupping her chin in her hands – and told her friend Liz Tilberis, then editor... Read more

What politicians’ cars say about their owners, from Rishi’s Range Rover to Rees-Mogg’s Bentleys

His approach makes a contrast with some of his colleagues, who have been more open about their driving habits. In 2019 Jacob Rees-Mogg gave an interview in which he was photographed standing proudly in front of his two Bentleys. One... Read more

Friday evening UK news briefing: Putin ‘visited by cancer doctor 35 times’

It comes as the European Union stockpiles medicines and protective gear to protect against any potential chemical, nuclear and biological incidents amid escalations in the Ukraine war.  The hoarding, agreed today and expected to last weeks or months, is designed... Read more

Russian soldier dies from radiation poisoning in Chernobyl

Radiation from the destroyed Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine has reportedly killed one Russian soldier after his unit camped in a toxic forest known as the Red Wood. The soldier was part of a team that captured the Chernobyl nuclear... Read more

‘I’ve never seen a measles outbreak like this’: A childhood killer resurfaces in Afghanistan

In the northern province of Balkh, Ali Shoker Khan’s* three children contracted measles in mid-February. The economic crisis meant he had been forced to withdraw his eldest son, Nasim*, six, from school to work on a neighbours farming plot and... Read more

Russian tank convoy in Ukraine may no longer exist, says US

The Russians splintered into smaller units to try to make headway towards Kyiv. However the US defence officials are now unsure whether the convoy exists. John Kirby, the Pentagon’s chief spokesperson, said: “I don’t even know if it still exists... Read more