Taki Theodoracopulos

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Taki is an ex-Greek Davis Cup player as well as a former captain of the Greek national karate team. He has won the U.S. national veterans judo championship twice, and in 2008 was world veterans judo champion 70 and over. Since 1967, when he began his career with National Review, he has been a columnist for the London Spectator, the London Sunday Times, Esquire Magazine, Vanity Fair and Chronicles Magazine. In 2002 he founded The American Conservative with Pat Buchanan. He has covered the Vietnam War as well as the Yom Kippur War and the Cyprus conflict of 1974.


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Fourscore Troubadour

Fourscore Troubadour

October 01, 2016

Although my birthday was in August, I chose the rather autumnal melancholy

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Hankering for the Past

Hankering for the Past

September 25, 2016

Sicily – Under the watchful eye of Mount Etna the storied past of the island

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Dojo Healing

Dojo Healing

September 17, 2016

I’m jittery and fragile but free of plaster and in the dojo, slowly turning

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A Couple Gray Ladies

A Couple Gray Ladies

September 10, 2016

I have some questions for you, dear readers: Is it simply me, or is there no

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Gawking Back

Gawking Back

September 03, 2016

Just about this time of year, 42 years ago, Dunhill’s of London, the famed

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Hooked on a High Jumper

Hooked on a High Jumper

August 27, 2016

Okay, sports fans, the Games are over, Uncle Sam and Britain hit pay dirt, and

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The Ripples of Philanthropy

The Ripples of Philanthropy

August 20, 2016

An item in an American newspaper had me thinking of my father all last week.

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Laid Up and Losing It

Laid Up and Losing It

August 13, 2016

GSTAAD—“He’d fly through the air with the greatest of ease, that daring

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Southpaw Prose

Southpaw Prose

August 06, 2016

What is it with these baldies? I turned on the television last week and watched

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A Humble Plug for a Worthy Cause

A Humble Plug for a Worthy Cause

July 30, 2016

Rosa Monckton is married to my old editor at The Spectator, Dominic Lawson, and

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Dwarfs on High

Dwarfs on High

July 22, 2016

From my bedroom window I can see a little girl with blond pigtails riding her

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Guest of Honor

Guest of Honor

July 16, 2016

The readers’ Spectator party was as always a swell affair, with longtime

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Parties, Pols, and Parking Wars

Parties, Pols, and Parking Wars

July 09, 2016

I am trying to decide with some friends what is worse, English weather or

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Ancient History All Over Again

Ancient History All Over Again

July 01, 2016

The two most beautiful words in the history of the world, and in any language,

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From Humorless Harridans to Pugs

From Humorless Harridans to Pugs

June 25, 2016

I always thought the Freuds a pretty sordid bunch, and after the latest

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A Lady and Ali

A Lady and Ali

June 18, 2016

Marion, Baroness Lambert, was hit and killed by a London bus last month while

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Taking Shelter by Storm

Taking Shelter by Storm

June 11, 2016

Shelter Island—Nestled in the Long Island Sound, ten minutes by ferryboat

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Game, Set, Memories

Game, Set, Memories

June 04, 2016

Write about things you really know, was the advice Papa Hemingway offered

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No Cure for Lukatmi

No Cure for Lukatmi

May 28, 2016

Let’s face it, sleaze is to professional party-givers what jail is to

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A Stinging Endorsement

A Stinging Endorsement

May 21, 2016

New York—I have never seen anything like it. If Adolf Hitler were running, he

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Southbound Salvation

Southbound Salvation

May 14, 2016

New York—It was the best of times—downtown—and the worst of

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Dinner Is Served

Dinner Is Served

April 30, 2016

I read this in an American newspaper (it was written by a woman who used to

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Follow the Money

Follow the Money

April 23, 2016

My, my, the rich are under attack everywhere, and I thank God the Panama Papers

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The Highest Bidder

The Highest Bidder

April 16, 2016

New York—Harvey Keitel, the actor, rang up to invite me to a Marine shindig

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The Birds, the Bees, and the Big Apple

The Birds, the Bees, and the Big Apple

April 09, 2016

New York—Even after all these years, I’m still at times floored by the

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When Hysteria and Hulkamania Run Wild

When Hysteria and Hulkamania Run Wild

April 02, 2016

My old friend and onetime doubles partner Ray Moore has stepped down as chief

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