Would you pay for your dinner before you’ve eaten it?

Anyone who has ever made a reservation at a restaurant, then, for no good reason, failed to show up – it’s you we have to blame for the latest development in the restaurant world. The ticketing system Tock – where pay for your dinner when you book the table, in the same way that you pay upfront for a sporting … Read More

Save Waitrose! Six ways to rescue this endangered British institution

he cut-price supermarket chain Aldi has claimed 5.3% of the UK market, making it the sixth largest in the country, and knocking Waitrose into seventh place. Could the survival of this genteel British institution be at risk? What can ordinary Waitrose customers do to preserve this upmarket food-shopping experience for the nation? Some suggestions: Send a Waitrose Duchy Originals Hamper … Read More

How to cook the perfect chicken korma

The poor old korma would be well justified in seeking revenge on the British palate in this world or the next. A noble dish that once graced the banquet tables of the imperial Mughal court, rich with cream and nuts and heavily scented with expensive spice, has become a byword for bland, a “starter” curry, beloved of children and others … Read More

The war in Yemen is getting worse — and a civilian catastrophe is looming

Yemen’s chaos is quickly becoming a catastrophe, for its people and the future of the country. As a kaleidoscope of factions are fighting for turf, some Yemenis have become so desperate they have fled by sea to Somalia, of all places. Can the Houthis hold out against Saudi firepower? So far they have. The Saudi-led “Operation Decisive Storm” has not … Read More