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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

Vice Versa

Do you remember buying a newspaper for the first time? It’s a big deal, a conscious decision to grow up…

20 Sep 2014

Lovely Squares

There’s a surreal sight at the western entrance to the gardens of St James’s Square these days. An isolated set…

20 Sep 2014

Riot act

Where better for Spectator Life to meet Max Irons, star of The Riot Club, Lone Scherfig’s film loosely based on…

20 Sep 2014
Max Irons as the likeable Miles

Buller Bull

Spoiler alert: the first five minutes of The Riot Club are so dreadful that you’ll wish you hadn’t gone. It…

20 Sep 2014
Madeline Weinrib’s New York loft

Pattern Recognition

I am lucky enough to work at House & Garden, where photographs of houses much more sophisticated than my own…

20 Sep 2014
Gohar Dashti, ‘Today’s Life And War #5’, 2008

Between two worlds

For anyone in the art world, one of the places to be this month is Istanbul, which is fast becoming…

20 Sep 2014

Don’t reach for the stars

‘Meeting Kylie at her intimate gig,’ runs the Mastercard ad. ‘Priceless.’ Wrong: vaguely unfulfilling. And that’s at best. At worst…

20 Sep 2014
Left: Lod floor mosaic, late 3rd century. Centre: plaster bust of Alexander Pope by Louis-François Roubiliac, c. 1760. Right: Jewish embroideries c. 1700

Full house

At the heart of a turreted manor in Buckinghamshire, the young man sits alone, concentrating on building his house of cards.…

21 Jun 2014
Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Belle Fleur

Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s first glimpse of her character in the British film Belle came on a postcard. It was of a…

21 Jun 2014
Peaches Geldof

Peaches and me

One of the first things I told her was that I knew very little of her back story, and Peaches…

21 Jun 2014
nightclubs

Export strength

‘Nightclubs, if they are run badly, can attract the worst of the worst,’ says Guy Pelly sagely. Pelly became famous…

21 Jun 2014

Neighbourhood Watch

The terrific 1958 Peter Sellers skit ‘Balham, Gateway to the South’, written by Frank Muir and Denis Norden, has lost…

21 Jun 2014

Masters at work

The apprentice is back! No, not another series of the transatlantic TV show starring blowhards with bad hair, but the…

21 Jun 2014

Arcade games

Art dealer John Martin folds up his bicycle and puts it behind the desk of his Mayfair gallery, a haven…

21 Jun 2014

The Wish List

Clockwise from left: Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Titanio, £6,800, Panerai; Grande Seconde SW Acier, £11,600, Jaquet Droz; Annual…

21 Jun 2014

Angel blue

Angel Blue has got a sensational story. A lot of the people we feature on the South Bank Show are not…

21 Jun 2014

Man out of time

It’s probably my age, but weird things seem to be happening to time. For one thing, it seems to be…

21 Jun 2014

Any colour you like

Without bad taste there would be no good taste, so thank God we don’t all like the same thing. The…

21 Jun 2014

175 years of watchmaking expertise

A watch isn’t necessarily something that you think of as being a feat of engineering. But there is far more…

21 Jun 2014

Dancing on the edge

Mikhail Baryshnikov is annoyed with himself. When we meet, it’s at the world premiere of his play The Old Woman,…

30 Mar 2014

Hot Scots

Rose Leslie Though the housemaid she played in Downton Abbey left to become a secretary during the first series, Rose…