Culture

Arcade games

Art dealer John Martin folds up his bicycle and puts it behind the desk of his Mayfair gallery, a haven…

21 Jun 2014

The Wish List

Clockwise from left: Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Titanio, £6,800, Panerai; Grande Seconde SW Acier, £11,600, Jaquet Droz; Annual…

21 Jun 2014

Angel blue

Angel Blue has got a sensational story. A lot of the people we feature on the South Bank Show are not…

21 Jun 2014

Man out of time

It’s probably my age, but weird things seem to be happening to time. For one thing, it seems to be…

21 Jun 2014

Any colour you like

Without bad taste there would be no good taste, so thank God we don’t all like the same thing. The…

21 Jun 2014

175 years of watchmaking expertise

A watch isn’t necessarily something that you think of as being a feat of engineering. But there is far more…

21 Jun 2014

Dancing on the edge

Mikhail Baryshnikov is annoyed with himself. When we meet, it’s at the world premiere of his play The Old Woman,…

30 Mar 2014

Hot Scots

Rose Leslie Though the housemaid she played in Downton Abbey left to become a secretary during the first series, Rose…

‘Sometimes I think I must have done a deal with the devil’

In Page Eight, the sophisticated 2011 spy drama written by David Hare, the MI5 agent Johnny Worricker — played by…

30 Mar 2014

Life cycle

‘As a heads up,’ says Sir Chris Hoy’s PR lady in that breezy-yet-bossy voice that is public relations, ‘Chris doesn’t…

30 Mar 2014

Bore street

I blame Tom Wolfe. Reading the Man in the White Suit’s epic 1980s boom-and-bust novel The Bonfire of the Vanities…

30 Mar 2014

Oscar and the oppressors

As the host Ellen DeGeneres joked at the Academy Awards, there were two outcomes that night: ‘Possibility number one: 12…

30 Mar 2014

Family cases

Many men really can only communicate through sport. It provides a ritualised way to argue, to become passionate and to…

30 Mar 2014

One to Watch: Nickolas Butler

I took Shotgun Lovesongs with me to Florida after the Oscars last year, with no intention of actually reading it.…

30 Mar 2014

At sea in the world

OK, fair enough: most actors are narcissistic, insecure, frivolous and a bit camp. But they are not stupid. And while…

30 Nov 2013

Yes, no, yes…

Given that smartphones have encroached on every other aspect of our lives, it was only a matter of time before…

30 Nov 2013

Knickers for the lady

Often when a relationship is over we are left with little tangible to remember it by. Few young people I…

30 Nov 2013

One to Watch: Lara Pulver

I first met Lara on video, and Mark Gatiss thought she was naked. It sounds worse than it was. This…

30 Nov 2013

The art of war

In November 1943, when it looked like London was going to be subjected to a new aerial barrage from Nazi…

30 Nov 2013

The monuments man

Grant Heslov, the screenwriter and producer of the monuments men, talks to Olivia Cole about the way he writes screenplays…

30 Nov 2013

Back to bespoke

Did you know we were in the middle of another industrial revolution? Perhaps, like me, you’ve been too busy fretting…

30 Nov 2013

Alpha rising

When the announcement was made that Justin Welby, a disciple of the Alpha course, was to become the 105th Archbishop…

30 Nov 2013

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