Culture

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

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