Word of the week: Sussex Royal

Spectator Life’s satirist Andy Shaw brings you his dictionary of era defining words.

24 Jan 2020

It’s time to ditch phones and rewild our dinner parties

Our social gatherings would be far more joyous and unpredictable if we could bear to be without our devices

22 Jan 2020

7 ways to mark Brexit if Big Ben won’t bong

To bong or not to bong? That is the question. Here are your options if Big Ben stays silent.

20 Jan 2020

Word of the week: White Privilege

Spectator Life’s satirist Andy Shaw brings you a dictionary of era defining words.

17 Jan 2020

Five scents we’d rather have than Gwyneth Paltrow’s vagina-scented candle

Last week Gwyneth Paltrow released a new candle called ‘This smells like my Vagina’. Who knew that you could bottle…

16 Jan 2020

Laughing at Hollywood A listers is a uniquely British business

As we prepare ourselves for more celebrity preaching at the oscars, our natural cynicism might be the perfect antidote.

15 Jan 2020

Five ‘New You’ activities you should avoid this year

It’s time to curb the familiar new year urge for self reinvention.

14 Jan 2020

A handy guide to the Labour leadership contest

Spectator Life’s satirical writer Andy Shaw gives you his take on big names bidding for victory.

13 Jan 2020

Word of the week: veganuary

Veganuary builds on previous campaigns to curtail the high spirits of the festive period by adding self-denial to the natural gloom and misery of January.

10 Jan 2020

7 alternative jobs for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

“Megxit” has shocked us all. But what’s next for brand Sussex?

9 Jan 2020

How to survive January

January is enough of an endurance test without the food and drink deprivation that people tend to embark on at this time of year

1 Jan 2020

Word of the week: woke

Spectator Life’s satirist Andy Shaw brings you a dictionary of era-defining words

27 Dec 2019

10 songs that shaped the decade: from Sia to Stormzy

The political events of the last 10 years are best remembered through the songs we were listening to at the time

26 Dec 2019

Have yourself a prime ministerial Christmas

Here’s how PMs past and present have spent their Christmas days

25 Dec 2019

How to survive Christmas with the in-laws

The way you survive your In Laws is of course the way you survive almost anyone, in Peace Time at…

24 Dec 2019
Saoirse Ronan, Eliza Scanlen, Emma Watson and Florence Pugh star in the 2019 adaptation of Louise May Alcott's novel

Six literary Christmases: from Little Women to Poirot

Christmas comes alive on the pages of these classic novels

23 Dec 2019

Word of the week: crisis

Crisis [ krahy-sis ] Hyperbolic noun A time of intense danger and instability, which calls for urgent action to prevent total catastrophe.…

20 Dec 2019

Our love/hate relationship with festive pop songs

It’s not Christmas without Mariah Carey, Shakin’ Stevens and Chris Rea

18 Dec 2019

When Christmas went woke

If we’re not careful, the season of good cheer will become the season of guilt and fear.

17 Dec 2019

Word of the week: self-partnered

Spectator Life’s satirist Andy Shaw brings you a dictionary of era-defining words

13 Dec 2019

Word of the week: cancelled

Spectator Life’s satirist Andy Shaw brings you a dictionary of era-defining words

6 Dec 2019

Why Jake Gyllenhaal reciting E.E. Cummings is an advertising masterstroke

Jake Gyllenhaal recites an EE Cummings poem in the new Calvin Klein advert but what does the choice of poem reveal?

25 Nov 2019

A guide to the most pointless jobs of 2019

From diversity practitioners to sustainability directors, the world of work is awash with useless careers

25 Nov 2019

All hail the new CofE: The Church of Extinction

Join Extinction Rebellion in eradicating the fumes of human sin and worshipping planet earth

13 Nov 2019

London’s theatres are falling apart

‘Don’t clap too hard. It’s a very old building,’ washed-out Archie Rice said in John Osborne’s The Entertainer (1957).  London’s West End…

7 Nov 2019