Culture

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

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