Culture

Hannah Peel

Hannah Peel is a northern irish singer songwriter. She is listed under ‘alternative’. She describes her music as ‘wonky folk-pop’.…

23 Jun 2012
Stella Tennant, American Vogue, New York 2006

View from Peru

A couple of years ago I had an exhibition at the MALI Museo de Arte in Lima. On seeing the…

23 Jun 2012

Polo, Anyone?

There’s a moment when the day turns. The sun has gone down, the clonk of mallet on ball has fallen…

23 Jun 2012

Cheaper by the Glass

The gavel struck the block. ‘Sold,’ said the auctioneer, ‘for £40,250.’ The date was Wednesday 8 February, 2012; the place…

23 Jun 2012

An Age in Autumn

There shouldn’t be anything left to say about Roger Federer. The superlatives ought to be exhausted, the eulogies weary, the…

23 Jun 2012

Capital Gains

What’s happening with house prices in London?That depends what you mean by London. Last year prices in the best areas…

23 Jun 2012

Less Muck, more Brass

Staying near Zutphen, Holland, recently, I came across a remarkably untidy Dutch farmer. With his ripped silage bags and rusty…

23 Jun 2012
Painting by George Condo at the Arts Club.

Members only

Discretion. It’s what private members’ clubs are all about. And money. As a gossip columnist, I don’t have much of…

23 Jun 2012

Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall has walked into the room and — nope — my movie-star radar still hasn’t started beeping. I don’t…

23 Jun 2012

The Wish List

BEST OF BRITISH 01 Ministry chronograph in rose gold, £16,950, DENT; 02 ALT1-C, £3,945, BREMONT; 03 Limited-edition rose gold watch…

23 Jun 2012

Pop Fiction

To the West, Chinese literature is a takeaway that comes in two flavours — the ancient classic that offers sage…

23 Jun 2012

A career in sex

Awards ceremonies are big. People love cheering the walk to the podium, love it even more when they’re the ones…

22 Jun 2012

Chris Lilley

The first thing I like about Chris Lilley is his name. He’s not a Jimmy, or a Billy, or even…

31 Mar 2012

Sold!

Everyone should have a hobby. It might be golf, stamp-collecting, painting, building model aircraft or beekeeping. Mine is auctioneering. I…

31 Mar 2012
Portrait Polly Borland

Leanne Benjamin

Watch Leanne Benjamin slot her tiny frame into the corner of a sofa and you can easily believe she could…

31 Mar 2012

World View

Bathers Albania, 2006 What I like about Tom’s pictures is that they don’t state the obvious. He has a singular…

31 Mar 2012

A Vote (and a Prayer) for Beautiful Architecture

If you magically brought back to life an ancestor from 200 years ago and gave them a quick tour around…

31 Mar 2012

Golden Rules

Surely everyone holds gold by now? Strangely, they don’t. The price has gone from $250 an ounce to $1,700 an…

31 Mar 2012

Joining the Big League

In 1996, a star baseball pitcher for the Atlanta Braves named Mark Wohlers gave up a crucial home run in…

31 Mar 2012
Louise Mensch, Tory MP for Corby andEast Northamptonshire, in a photshoot for GQ

Pretty Party

When I was at Oxford no one — as in no one who was anyone — would have dreamt of…

31 Mar 2012
The Canaletto painting above is in London for the first time in 250 years as part of Royal River: Power, Pageantry & the Thames, an exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, curated by David Starkey (27 April-9 September)

Send her Victorious

‘We need a theme,’ said one of the ladies at our first town meeting to discuss how we should celebrate…

31 Mar 2012

The Unwhippables

On the night of the great Tory rebellion over Europe, David Cameron had good reason to think that Zac Goldsmith…

31 Mar 2012

The Wish List

BRAND NEW HEIRLOOMS Clockwise from bottom left: late Victorian silver candlesticks, £520;  engraved Victorian celery vase, £90; engraved Victorian decanter,…

31 Mar 2012

Sacred Cow

In April, Tate Modern opens a Damien Hirst show that will be on display all the way through theOlympics, as…

31 Mar 2012