Miles Kington began his career at Punch, where he wrote the column that later became his bestseller Let's Parler Franglais! After six years at The Times, he wrote a regular column for the Independent from its earliest days until the week he died. He also wrote a column for The Oldie. Regular topics in his columns included Albanian proverbs which appear profound at first glance but are actually meaningless, and things for which there is no word. He lived near Bath.