Cakes in literature have come to symbolise everything from memory and sex to decay but there are also cakes that, whilst a staple on the page, have been lost from our baking repertoire – Fuller’s Walnut cake being the prime example.
Six subject-based facts to liven up your lockdown learning.
Emma Watson’s body double reveals the realities of undressing on screen.
Following a club in the age of social media is gruelling and relentless, especially when it’s Brentford.
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Spectator Life’s satirist Andy Shaw brings you a dictionary of era-defining words.
The theatres may be closed but don’t miss the array of plays popping up online.
In the world of film, villages after often foreboding, secretive places where plots take a dark turn.
And which composer made his coffee with exactly sixty beans? Mark Mason livens up home school with six subject-based facts.
Sometimes it’s not the heroes that keep us watching.
Lockdown gave us a glimpse of carless cities – now it’s time we made it a reality.
Cricket clubs remain closed but the game could easily be adapted for the Covid-19 era.
The “You’ve Got Mail” build up of words offered something deeper amid the instant meat market of online dating.
And which famous singer gatecrashed the Live Aid stage? We bring you a fact for each day of lockdown.
Forget reading The Complete Works of Shakespeare, it’s winning the family Zoom quiz that matters now.
If home school has driven you round the bend, try these lockdown family favourites.
Even as we experience a momentary hiatus from the onslaught of superhero films, it is hard not to feel that…
And what is an ampersand? Mark Mason livens up home learning with these subject-based facts.
Ease those quarantine tensions with a good old fashioned on-screen punch up.
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And which famous crooner was buried with a bottle of Jack Daniel’s in his pocket? Mark Mason brings you a fact for each day of lockdown.
Like a herd of bison the government has ‘followed the science’ in the hope it will be immune to criticism.
Social commentator Toby Young joins Spectator Life’s satirists to take a sideways look at the news.
From Frasier to Yes, Prime Minister, now is the perfect time to revisit golden oldies.