Culture

Homework club: why do flower petals follow the Fibonacci sequence?

Mark Mason livens up your lockdown learning with these fun facts.

14 Apr 2020

The beautiful game: how to replace live football this spring

Keep in touch with the beautiful game through podcasts, books and streaming.

13 Apr 2020

Weekly trivia: how did ‘Of Alley’ in London get its name?

And why does the ‘S’ in Harry S Truman’s name stand for nothing? We bring you a fact for each day of lockdown.

11 Apr 2020

Word of the week: 5G

Spectator Life’s satirist Andy Shaw brings you a dictionary of era-defining words.

10 Apr 2020

What to look out for on your spring walks

From skylarks to cowslips, make the most of having more time to look.

10 Apr 2020

The best films about faith to watch this Easter

Forget the biblical epics – it’s the unexpected portrayals of faith that often prove most poignant on film.

9 Apr 2020

10 phrases to banish for good after coronavirus

From herd immunity to pangolin – Covid-19 deserves a dictionary all of its own.

9 Apr 2020

Seven films with great twists

Look no further for cinema’s most unpredictable plots.

8 Apr 2020

Who will be the nation’s new Vera Lynn?

The Queen referenced Dame Vera Lynn in her lockdown speech but what does it really mean to be a ‘national treasure’?

8 Apr 2020

The best online classes to try during lockdown

From art with Grayson Perry to Shakespeare with Dame Helen Mirren, why not acquire a new skill in lockdown?

7 Apr 2020

Here’s how PC Plod can get us Brits to behave

The nitpicking of PC plod during lockdown is like that of a power-happy prefect at school.

6 Apr 2020

Weekly trivia: which famous ship set sail on 10th April?

And how were matches invented? Mark Mason staves off your lockdown boredom with these fun facts.

5 Apr 2020

Will lockdown change our shallow dating culture?

Hook ups have been rendered impossible so will millennials be forced to grow up?

3 Apr 2020

Word of the week: Key worker

Officer workers are coming to the unwanted realisation that their jobs are not as ‘key’ as they thought they were.

3 Apr 2020

Pining for the theatre? Watch these seven plays online

While the coronavirus has paralysed the West End, theatre-lovers do have some small consolation. Several theatres have released recordings of…

2 Apr 2020

That’s Life with Andrew Doyle

Spectator Life’s satirical writers take a sideways look at the news with Titania McGrath creator Andrew Doyle.

2 Apr 2020

8 films about isolation to see you through lockdown

Pick up some (questionable) survival tips from the movies.

1 Apr 2020

Homework club: which three U.S. presidents died on July 4th?

And where does the word ‘koala’ come from? Mark Mason helps you liven up home school with these fun facts.

1 Apr 2020

10 indoor sports to try in lockdown

Stave off the boredom with these indoor games – set to become lockdown classics.

31 Mar 2020

The best online resources to use for home school

From Eton College’s self-study courses to piano lessons with Myleene Klass, we have your home schooling needs sorted.

30 Mar 2020

Unexpected prize winners from Parasite to Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn’s Oscar was completely unexpected and nobody expected Shaggy to beat Bob Dylan at the Brits.

30 Mar 2020

Word of the week: Covidiot

Spectator Life’s satirist Andy Shaw brings you a dictionary of era-defining words.

27 Mar 2020

The best literary adaptations to watch on Netflix

From psychological thrillers to costume dramas, here six films that do wonders with their source material.

26 Mar 2020

Home school is testing my mental agility more than I’d like

How do I explain what a hyphen is to my four year old?

26 Mar 2020

Homework club: liven up your child’s learning with these fun facts

The Eiffel Tower grows six inches in summer and the word ‘canter’ comes from “Canterbury”.

24 Mar 2020

15 great ideas that were conceived in isolation

From gravity to Frankenstein, these thinkers and artists are proof that time alone can be fruitful.

24 Mar 2020