Leonid Brezhnev swimming in the Black Sea during his holiday in Crimea, USSR, in 1977.

In a world of Stalins, be a Brezhnev

The monobrowed Marxist has been written off by historians as the king of a stagnant empire, but modern politicians could do worse than take a leaf out of his book.

The Hound

A Glass Blower Shaping Molten Glass into a Piece of Art

Why I hate glass

My relationship with the loathsome material proves that we need a “levelling up” of ambition in the North.

Leonid Brezhnev swimming in the Black Sea during his holiday in Crimea, USSR, in 1977.

In a world of Stalins, be a Brezhnev

The monobrowed Marxist has been written off by historians as the king of a stagnant empire, but modern politicians could do worse than take a leaf out of his book.

Chianti red wine with antipasto on a Tuscan wood table

Chianti through the ages

From the early 90s, Chianti Classico producers have been improving the quality of the Italian wine.

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