Blowing It

The sad decline of the art of excess

Lloyd’s of London introduced a ban on staff drinking alcohol between 9am and 5pm.

What’s Obama got to smile about?

Barack Obama can expect to receive an index-linked $207,800 a year from the presidential pension for the rest of his life.

The Babylonian excess of Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp’s constant insistence that he’s “keeping it real” is wearying.

Getting ready for doomsday

Preparing for the end of the world is an expensive business.

A cautionary tale for sugar babies

Would-be “sugar babies” should heed the bizarre case of fashion designer Alexandra Subris.

Beauty secrets of Prince Harry’s girl

Meghan Markle

Prince Harry’s squeeze Meghan Markle has an odd trick for keeping the wrinkles at bay.

Steve Bloom: the Basil Fawlty of booksellers

There has to be room for the grumpy – even in the Dales.

The really wild parties are in the sticks

Posh garden party © Getty images

If you thought rural life was all about long walks in the countryside, you’re in for a shock.

Cameron licks his wounds

David Cameron has been out of the public eye since stepping down as prime minister. So what has he been up to?

Trump’s glitterball of rococo kitsch

Donald and Melania Trump © Rex Features

President-elect Donald Trump’s sheer lack of taste is his best security measure.

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