Culture

Oscar and the oppressors

As the host Ellen DeGeneres joked at the Academy Awards, there were two outcomes that night: ‘Possibility number one: 12…

30 Mar 2014

Family cases

Many men really can only communicate through sport. It provides a ritualised way to argue, to become passionate and to…

30 Mar 2014

One to Watch: Nickolas Butler

I took Shotgun Lovesongs with me to Florida after the Oscars last year, with no intention of actually reading it.…

30 Mar 2014

At sea in the world

OK, fair enough: most actors are narcissistic, insecure, frivolous and a bit camp. But they are not stupid. And while…

30 Nov 2013

Yes, no, yes…

Given that smartphones have encroached on every other aspect of our lives, it was only a matter of time before…

30 Nov 2013

Knickers for the lady

Often when a relationship is over we are left with little tangible to remember it by. Few young people I…

30 Nov 2013

One to Watch: Lara Pulver

I first met Lara on video, and Mark Gatiss thought she was naked. It sounds worse than it was. This…

30 Nov 2013

The art of war

In November 1943, when it looked like London was going to be subjected to a new aerial barrage from Nazi…

30 Nov 2013

The monuments man

Grant Heslov, the screenwriter and producer of the monuments men, talks to Olivia Cole about the way he writes screenplays…

30 Nov 2013

Back to bespoke

Did you know we were in the middle of another industrial revolution? Perhaps, like me, you’ve been too busy fretting…

30 Nov 2013

Alpha rising

When the announcement was made that Justin Welby, a disciple of the Alpha course, was to become the 105th Archbishop…

30 Nov 2013

Soul on ice

I am following Ben Saunders into Scott’s Hut, the hut on Ross Island in Antarctica, the hut to which the…

30 Nov 2013

Dangerous games

Egyptian croquet players are an indomitable bunch. Interrupt their game with a flurry of tear-gas canisters and they’ll halt proceedings…

30 Nov 2013

Five-star schools

There are several ways to measure the scale of the cultural changes in the English private school of the last…

30 Nov 2013

Stealth and privilege

These must be strange times for Eton. You spend centuries building a reputation as the school for the nation’s elite,…

30 Nov 2013

Fiennes’ art

Secrets are at the heart of Ralph Fiennes’s new film, The Invisible Woman, which examines the life of Charles Dickens,…

30 Nov 2013

A cool glass

Red-faced, plummy-voiced, with a big nose, the wine snob is a familiar social stereotype. He might laugh at you at a…

30 Nov 2013

Jack and Jacques

In our more cynical age, 50 years after the assassination of JFK, why do you think that period still has…

21 Sep 2013

Viva la diva

Tamara Rojo has been enjoying a very high profile during her first year as player-manager of English National Ballet. Photogenic,…

21 Sep 2013

When Sam met Sam

Recently, the Welsh actor Rhys Ifans made headlines by walking out of an excruciating interview with the Times. Every actor…

21 Sep 2013

Gagging Orders

The formats of BBC radio comedy seem stuck in the past. A comedian takes a sideways look at something. A…

21 Sep 2013

Inside the bubble

The Frieze Art Fair, its offspring Frieze Masters, and the various exhibitions that open at the same time, send us…

21 Sep 2013

Socialist climbing

Not a day goes by without some second-tier shadow minister squawking about the ‘cabinet of millionaires’. Under the new politics…

21 Sep 2013

How high?

The Square Mile is turning cubic. The sky above London’s financial district has already been scraped by Tower 42, the…

21 Sep 2013

Reinventing the wheel

Until recently, leaving a big London party or a Mayfair club at closing time meant joining a forest of waving…

21 Sep 2013

The African connection

Blame Princess Diana and the landmines. Blame Bob Geldof and Ethiopia, or go back further and blame Audrey Hepburn, Unicef’s…

21 Sep 2013