WHAT MAKES ME LAUGH

The Countess of Carnarvon, who lives at Downton Abbey also known as Highclere Castle, finds delight and humour in the people who inhabit her world.

LONG LIVE THE LONG LUNCH

Much depends on lunch. Well of course it does. A long lunch, I mean, not some dreary sandwich, stuffed full with dolour, chewed sullenly while hunched over one’s desk.

THE CRUELTY OF CIVILIZATION

The mighty Bruce Anderson examines the precepts of civilization and reveals its true character in history and potential role for humanity going forward.  

EDITORS LETTER

With reference to the rather ridiculous, vainglorious photograph of me above (chosen by Harry not me!) I remember with phenomenal fondness this blistering Cuban blue sky day. We had driven a couple of hours on a rum fuelled bus from Vinales, a beautiful and remote part of Cuba where the world’s greatest tobacco is grown, to a sea peninsula in the middle of nowhere.

SMOKIN’ HOT!

Boisdale’s resident cigar man runs the rules over some of his best recent Cuban and New World smokes… The 100 point scoring system explained: 10 points for appearance 15 points for construction 10 points for combustion 60 points for…

THE WORLD AS I SEE IT

 Chilean poet, author and film maker Santiago Elordi, takes us on a global journey using art as his passport.

THE GREAT FESTIVAL MYTH

In its final year, we ask Cornbury founder, Hugh Phillimore to sum up fourteen fantastic years of fun filled festivals.

STARTERS’ ORDERS

Colin Cameron talks to the highly successful racing trainer Hugo Palmer about betting well and winning on the day over lunch at Boisdale of Belgravia.