Culture

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

Faked in Chelsea

For those lucky enough not have witnessed the latest cruel twist in the world of reality television, I recommend Geordie…

21 Sep 2013

Paul Hood

Paul works extremely hard. In this industry, you only get out what you put in. If you work at a…

21 Sep 2013

The Wish List

Left to right: diamond and citrine in yellow gold basket ring, £3,500, Annoushka; Sevillana ring in 18k gold with lapis…

21 Sep 2013

Quiet, please

I have recently had a new grandson. I say this almost as if it were a personal achievement, but grandchildren…

22 Jun 2013

Home game

While the hard graft of being the world’s No. 1 tennis player is not to be underestimated, it has its…

22 Jun 2013

The Biennale carnival

Sitting at lunch the other week, in a rainy London, I let my mind drift to Venice. I was to visit…

22 Jun 2013

Role model

Mention that you are interviewing the German film star Diane Kruger and boys will note that she is ‘hot’, while…

22 Jun 2013

Club ties

Robin Birley wouldn’t speak to me because journalists always want to ask him about Annabel’s and his supposed feud with…

22 Jun 2013

Gone girl

This month marks the 30th anniversary of one of Italy’s most iconic, and mysterious, crimes: on 22 June 1983, a…

22 Jun 2013

Money walks

I can’t say I’m surprised that Ukip has started to attract support from rich aristocrats in the City of London, with…

22 Jun 2013

Marc Hagan-Guirey

I’ve known Marc Hagan-Guirey, through his partner, for two or three years. I used to go to their house and…

22 Jun 2013

Don’t call it junk

How long would you queue for a hotdog? You must answer this question if you are planning to go to…

22 Jun 2013

First Murdoch, now the Mail… Alec Baldwin on his tempestuous relationship with the media

‘There’s a new chapter in my life,’ declares Alec Baldwin. That means his personal life — he recently married Spanish…

22 Jun 2013
Cézanne’s ‘Les Pommes’ sold recently for £42 million at auction

Passion Plays

It’s a weird world, the one where love and money collide. Would you cough up £42 million for a depiction…

22 Jun 2013

Dressing right

Imagine a giant Vegas hotel without the casinos. Replace the dancing girls and gamblers with right-wing political activists, lobbyists and…

22 Jun 2013

A Thousand Words

What is your idea of a great portrait photograph? Something that makes you stop for a second and look again.…

30 Mar 2013

Veiled Desire

Concentrating on sexual intercourse in isolation, wrote the notoriously celibate Henry James, leads to creative failure, for the act ‘finds…

30 Mar 2013

Gambling On Gatsby

Aside from a talent for spending money and throwing parties, Baz Luhrmann and Jay Gatsby, the tragic hero of F.…

30 Mar 2013

Following In The Fitzgeralds’ Footsteps

Stand on the north shore of Long Island, in the little town of Great Neck, and — with a little imagination…

30 Mar 2013

The Franco Files

James Franco’s mood can shift from wary to jokey in a heartbeat. This I find particularly charming. As well as…

30 Mar 2013

Danny Boyle on Franco

James is fiercely intelligent and acting can get very frustrating. A lot of acting is very repetitive and I have…

30 Mar 2013

Knock ’Em All Down

Few things look more grim than once pellucid glass turned opaque by the pitiless progress of urban grunge. Alas, concrete…

30 Mar 2013

From Burgundy To Bastardy

In the world of wine, a word I deplore because of its overuse is ‘passion’. As in ‘a passion for pinot’.…

30 Mar 2013

Save The Borrowers

In the disaster flick The Day After Tomorrow, a group of survivors shelters from an abrupt new ice age in…

30 Mar 2013

Future Shelves

A quiet revolution has been taking place in public libraries in the United States. The adoption of ebooks has raised…

30 Mar 2013