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August 4th: what did Obama say he was looking forward to after leaving office?

Look no further for your weekly dose of topical trivia.

1 Aug 2020

Word of the week: self-educate

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

31 Jul 2020

The hidden joy of wearing a mask

Maybe we all need a break from ourselves.

30 Jul 2020

Word of the week: Decolonise

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

24 Jul 2020

Who is John David Washington – the new star of TENET?

Denzel Washington’s son and former NFL player is taking Hollywood by storm

23 Jul 2020

What Gangs of London gets right about gang culture

The new Sky Atlantic series is a remarkably frank portrayal of what it’s like to be embroiled in organised crime.

17 Jul 2020
Lin-Manuel Miranda's Final Performance In "Hamilton" On Broadway

Why Hamilton’s ‘adoption’ may be more significant than we realise

The hero of the hit musical was an orphan who flourished because someone saw his potential as a child.

10 Jul 2020

Comedy can bring us back together (if we’ll let it)

Nothing unites like live laughter – it’s time comedy clubs were opened.

7 Jul 2020

July 10th: which rude hotelier inspired Fawlty Towers?

John Cleese once stayed in a Torquay hotel that inspired the hit series.

4 Jul 2020

Military Wives captures the lost joy of collective singing

It will be a long time before we can sing together again.

3 Jul 2020

Word of the week: History

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

3 Jul 2020

Football pundits flip flop on whether to wear BLM badges

Players and commentators are conflicted about the political direction of the BLM organisation.

2 Jul 2020

A handy guide to fighting racism

Atone for your unconscious bias with these seven easy steps.

26 Jun 2020

In praise of rugby chants

Fans should be able to sing what they like from the stands.

23 Jun 2020

Will Kristen Stewart sink or swim as Princess Diana?

Kristen Stewart might not have been the obvious choice for the role but she has more in common with the late Princess than many realise.

22 Jun 2020

Word of the week: far-right

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

19 Jun 2020

9 statues that are ripe for removal

From Christ the Redeemer to Cristiano Ronaldo, it’s time statue-toppling went global.

17 Jun 2020

Russell Brand’s brain fog over Edward Colston

The comedian speaks his mind on the events in Bristol and why he thinks Churchill is just as bad as Hitler.

17 Jun 2020

A handy guide to statue-toppling

When your grand-children ask you what you did during the Great #CulturalCleansing, you can proudly say that you pulled your weight.

12 Jun 2020

Will there be any TV left by Monday?

From Little Britain to the Might Boosh, British comedy is up for the chop but are these shows really guilty as charged?

12 Jun 2020

Little Fires Everywhere only tells half the story about adoption

Adoptive father and foster carer Krish Kandiah on what the series gets right and wrong.

11 Jun 2020

Why John Boyega’s protest speech is worth a listen

The Hollywood actor’s ‘career-ending’ speech was more nuanced than many realise.

9 Jun 2020

How to draw a virus: spare a thought for the Covid-19 cartoonists

It’s hard work being a cartoonist in a pandemic – everyone’s pencil is circling around the same ideas.

4 Jun 2020

A beginner’s guide to exiting lockdown

For all the bravado of lockdown’s most endless repeated refrain – can’t wait to go to the pub! – I…

3 Jun 2020

Chalk of the town: how hopscotch reclaimed Britain’s streets

Hopscotch has been rediscovered by the Covid generation but what lies behind its enduring appeal?

2 Jun 2020

Word of the week: Exit

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

29 May 2020