Culture

Anton Alvarez

Creativity and innovation are the defining characteristics of a good designer, an ability to think laterally and create inspired solutions to the…

30 Mar 2013

Hayley Atwell

I love actors. My last novel, Waiting for Sunrise, features an actor so I’m deeply curious about the profession and…

1 Dec 2012

His Next Steps

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

1 Dec 2012
Tony Mendez, who as a CIA agent led the operation that extracted six American diplomats from Iran, at home in Maryland earlier this year

Pinball wizardry and other adventures

I grew up poor and somewhat isolated in the searing desert heat of Nevada. Perhaps because of this early childhood…

1 Dec 2012

The two ways of Christmas

A SEASON FOR FAMILIES Toby Young Christmas is a bit like Marmite: you either love it or hate it. But…

1 Dec 2012

Fit to Party

We all know about detoxing, right? Old-style detoxing is about laying off the toxins after the party season; the pretox…

1 Dec 2012
Helena Bonham Carter as literature’s ultimate frustrated virgin in Mike Newell’s Great Expectations

A Parade of Pips

Film financiers justify putting money into adaptations of Charles Dickens because he is both ‘classic’ and ‘literary’ yet also (kill…

1 Dec 2012

Rare Opportunity

What the hell are you talking about?These 17 chemical elements, with names such as neodymium, dysprosium and europium, are used…

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…

1 Dec 2012
‘Blue Nude’, 1995

Hot Dots

Roy Lichtenstein, the man who brought the comic strip into the art gallery, is renowned as one of the definitive…

1 Dec 2012
Sam Waley-Cohen, riding Long Run, wins the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase at Cheltenham racecourse on 18 March 2011

Amateur Hour

It would be easy to resent Sam Waley-Cohen. He is a rich boy from a well-known racing family who runs…

1 Dec 2012

Zen and the Art of Scotch

Miranda Grant is enthusiastic about whisky. At last December’s whisky auction in Edinburgh, a bottle of 55-year-old Glenfiddich was sold…

The Wish List

Photography by Dennis Pedersen1 Dew-drop earrings, £170, GEORG JENSEN;2 Chronomatic J12, from £10,500, CHANEL; 3 St Moritz Big Bang, £9,400,…

1 Dec 2012
A series of tubes: Google’s data centre in Douglas County, Georgia — one of eight in the US, Finland and Belgium

The Dirty Internet

Every revolution has its dissenters. And the more interesting the revolution, the more strident the dissent. More than 150 years…

1 Dec 2012

William Welstead

I’ve known William Welstead ever since he started out as a jeweller about 15 years ago. He’d become interested in…

22 Sep 2012
James Stewart in Rear Window, an apt symbol of screen obsession

Moving Pictures

In Hannah and Her Sisters, Woody Allen’s character relates how he hit rock bottom. He botches a suicide attempt and,…

22 Sep 2012

American Ironist

They don’t get more Anglophile than the American playwright and screenwriter Jon Robin Baitz. His favourite writers are Harold Pinter,…

22 Sep 2012
Lisa Hankow paints a giant map of Berlin in the city centre. The art installation is at the scale of 1:775, created to coincide with the 775th anniversary of Berlin, which the city will celebrate in October.

Painting the Town

How do you know if you are living in a city whose fortunes are on the rise? You might have…

22 Sep 2012

Bang for your Bucks

‘Do you shoot much’ asked Edward Walters, manager of the West London Shooting School (1901), the oldest shooting school in…

22 Sep 2012

Cake Expectations

Afternoon tea used to be a fairly sedate affair, where you knew pretty well what you’d get on your cake…

22 Sep 2012

Party Time

‘What happens at Fight Club stays at Fight Club,’ said Brad Pitt to Edward Norton in the cult movie. The same closed-door…

22 Sep 2012

A Barista’s Pupil

It was my idea to do a two-hour course of barista training. I was keen to learn how to finish…

22 Sep 2012
Diner’s delight: Jeremy King and Chris Corbin

Chelsea Boys

During my teenage years, as a schoolgirl in Belgravia, my friends and I loved Oriel. The imperfect but glorious French…

22 Sep 2012

The Wish List

TREASURE HUNT 01 Chronometro Gondolo rose gold watch with brown alligator strap, £26,100, PATEK PHILIPPE; 02 18ct gold fly fishing…

22 Sep 2012

After Maggie

I first met Alexandra Roach at a Bafta dinner at Dean Street Townhouse thrown by Harvey Weinstein. As I recall,…

22 Sep 2012

An Island of One’s own

Every August, my family and I leave the city and head for our private island. There we spend much of…

22 Sep 2012