Iain Gray Freelance Writer

Articles - Features


Prepare the perfect Christmas #1

Stick on a DVD - for Her

Hairspray
Who can forget John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever? He is no less unforgettable here, as a woman in a 30lb fat-suit.


Prepare the perfect Christmas #2

Stick on a DVD - for Him

The Bourne Ultimatum
The final part of the Bourne trilogy is also the best, with United 93 director Paul Greengrass bringing his unique style of hyper-realism to the action movie genre with exhilarating results.


Prepare the perfect Christmas #3

Stick on a DVD - for the children

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The boy wizard is back. With Harry and Dumbledore’s warning about the return of the evil Lord Voldemort ignored, a sinister bureaucrat takes control of Hogwarts.


Why giving up is hard to do #3

Horribly smug or scarlet with shame, Iain Gray is one of six Telegraph writers who attempted to renounce their favourite pleasures for Lent, reveals whether he managed to resist temptation

I wouldn’t use the word “abject”, but there is no way to view my attempt to give up alcohol as anything other than a failure.


Why giving up is hard to do #2

Iain Gray is one of six Telegraph writers desperately trying to give up something for Lent. Is his will weakening at the half-way stage?

Disaster! I had agreed to give up alcohol for Lent but had completely forgotten about a friend’s wedding. 


Why giving up is hard to do #1

Iain Gray is one of six Telegraph writers trying to give up one of their favourite vices for Lent

As soon as I decided to give up alcohol, I wondered what I had done…


How to stretch a festive fiver

Chelsea’s well-paid footballers limited themselves to buying £5 gifts for each other at the club’s Christmas party. Here, Iain Gray takes up the challenge and does the same

Not only am I cheap, but I am also lazy, so I decided to do my Chelsea challenge entirely on the internet. I avoided the panicking crowds, miserable weather and over-eager sales people, and am now free to luxuriate in sloth and parsimony.


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