Culture

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

Attack of the one day vegans

The other night I attended an awards bash in LA, the Britannias. It’s where Bafta LA members congratulate each other…

30 Nov 2014
Clockwise from top: Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th Tribute to Felix Baumgartner, £6,500; Romain Gauthier 950 Platinum Ruthenium dial, £45,650: Girard Perregaux 1966, £18,850, both available at William & Son

The Wish List

Clockwise from top: Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th Tribute to Felix Baumgartner, £6,500; Romain Gauthier 950 Platinum Ruthenium…

30 Nov 2014

Who’ll win the TV polls?

Anyone who tells you they know how next year’s general election will play out is either a fool or full…

29 Nov 2014

Driven by distraction

If I could have your attention for just one minute please… if you would… all right, half a minute would…

29 Nov 2014

Bagsy books

Maria comes from a very old family of bookbinders. The bookbindery is in her family’s house, the Palazzo Marigliano in Naples.…

29 Nov 2014

A big beast in kitten heels

‘She doesn’t rate Cameron any more. She did, but not any more,’ confides a friend of the Home Secretary. ‘There…

25 Nov 2014

Let’s get down and dirty

By the time a politician stands up to give a speech, it has been briefed out, pre-butted, rebutted, shredded in…

20 Sep 2014

Jack Huston

When I first met Jack I was struck that he looks like a Huston (he’s the nephew of Anjelica Huston…

20 Sep 2014
ILLUSTRATION BY MARCUS BUTT

Rich Boys from Brazil

Forget the blingy Russians clogging up the streets of Kensingtongrad with their Lamborghinis; ignore for now the Chinese tourists thronging…

20 Sep 2014

Charity balls

Something strange has happened in the world of charity fund-raising. It’s what Malcolm Gladwell calls a tipping point, and what…

20 Sep 2014

Jane Again

It took all of two minutes of deep thought — well, of thought — to answer the question put to…

The great divide

Last year my wife Holly and I moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, a stunning colonial town nestled in the Shenandoah mountains.…

20 Sep 2014

Crash Course

The question came to me the other week when I read about a youngish graduate in London living in a…

20 Sep 2014

What’s not to Leica?

Just off Oxford Street, there is a dusty little camera shop. At first glance, you would think it had been…

20 Sep 2014

The Wish List

1. Vintage sapphire ring with diamonds in platinum, £POA, Boodles; 2. Sarah Ho collection rose gold ring with a cabochon…

20 Sep 2014