Culture

Time for Tories to come out

Shy no more. It’s time to be Tory and proud.

20 Jun 2015

The nanny wars

The cut throat business of finding a good nanny.

20 Jun 2015

Stay onside

How to look the part at the summer of sport.

20 Jun 2015

Crying time

The tears of war

20 Jun 2015

Snobbery with violence

The ginger-haired man in the three-piece suit had been standing at the bar all night, ordering gin and tonics in a proprietorial…

28 Mar 2015

From Fettes with love

Ian Fleming went to Eton in the autumn of 1921 and left, aged 17, in 1926 for a crammer in…

28 Mar 2015

Screen princess

Sarah Gadon has been in no fewer than three David Cronenberg films. She was cast in A Dangerous Method, his…

28 Mar 2015

To write a bestseller I had to become a woman

It’s remarkable the efforts some authors will make in order to achieve literary fame. Take the American writer James Frey.…

28 Mar 2015

How the Big Apple lost its bite

When Debbie Harry, the lead singer of Blondie, moved to New York from smalltown New Jersey in the late 1960s, you…

28 Mar 2015

China town

It used to be just the ducks in the windows on Gerrard Street. But now Chinese investment in London is on a whole…

28 Mar 2015

Perverse Talent

Like a lot of the most interesting work now, Benedikt Hipp’s paintings are a fusion between figuration and abstraction. There’s…

28 Mar 2015

How not to pitch in LA

I took a trip to Hollywood because I’m a budding screenwriter. ‘Budding’ in this context means ‘unsuccessful’. Here’s Tennessee Williams on…

28 Mar 2015

Meet Dave’s secret A-list

The Conservative party elected Britain’s first ethnic minority MP, Sir Mancherjee Bhownagree, as long ago as 1895. It also gave…

28 Mar 2015

How buff is Ed Balls?

A couple of years ago a perky female MP stood up in the Commons with a bit of boob on display.…

28 Mar 2015

The utopia algorithm

The internet has changed its character dramatically several times over its short life. It started in the late 1960s as…

28 Mar 2015

Turn on, tune in, cash out

I’m what you call a Sixties person. I still believe in sex and drugs and rock ’n’ roll, and radical…

28 Mar 2015

The Wish List

Above. Clockwise from left: Sea urchin spine necklace, £525, Patrick Mavros; Daisy Tryst ring, £21,500, Theo Fennell; Chrysoprase Amulette de Cartier,…

28 Mar 2015

Spectator Life’s 3rd birthday party in pictures

Spectator Life turned three last night and it was wonderful to see so many of our friends, readers and writers…

28 Mar 2015

Sweet taste of danger

Mr and Mrs Smith: they have nothing on us. Their conflict, mere child’s play. Because since moving to America last…

30 Nov 2014

Seeing the light

‘Everything is going to be alright’. Walking my children to nursery along east London’s then ungentrified Lower Clapton Road, I…

30 Nov 2014

Served Cool

Last year there was an incident in a French restaurant involving a notable wine-maker (I’m not allowed to mention his name…

30 Nov 2014

Flat earth

There has never been a better time to buy a foreign property, or so the developers tell us. In fact, for as…

30 Nov 2014
Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking

What shall we tell Oscar?

It’s close to midnight on a Saturday evening in September at the Hudson hotel in Manhattan and spirits at the…

30 Nov 2014

Shelf defence

You’d be forgiven for thinking that bookshops only ever close down. More than 500 have shut since 2005, leaving fewer…

30 Nov 2014

Please look after this bear

You adapted very well to life in London — were you concerned about how you might get on working in…

30 Nov 2014

Mars in his eyes

Would you follow Elon Musk to the Red Planet?

30 Nov 2014