Perverse Talent

Like a lot of the most interesting work now, Benedikt Hipp’s paintings are a fusion between figuration and abstraction. There’s…

How not to pitch in LA

I took a trip to Hollywood because I’m a budding screenwriter. ‘Budding’ in this context means ‘unsuccessful’. Here’s Tennessee Williams on…

Meet Dave’s secret A-list

The Conservative party elected Britain’s first ethnic minority MP, Sir Mancherjee Bhownagree, as long ago as 1895. It also gave…

The utopia algorithm

The internet has changed its character dramatically several times over its short life. It started in the late 1960s as…

Spectator Life’s 3rd birthday party in pictures

Spectator Life turned three last night and it was wonderful to see so many of our friends, readers and writers…

Sweet taste of danger

Mr and Mrs Smith: they have nothing on us. Their conflict, mere child’s play. Because since moving to America last…

Served Cool

Last year there was an incident in a French restaurant involving a notable wine-maker (I’m not allowed to mention his name…

Flat earth

There has never been a better time to buy a foreign property, or so the developers tell us. In fact, for as…

Mars in his eyes

Would you follow Elon Musk to the Red Planet?

Attack of the one day vegans

The other night I attended an awards bash in LA, the Britannias. It’s where Bafta LA members congratulate each other…

Bagsy books

Maria comes from a very old family of bookbinders. The bookbindery is in her family’s house, the Palazzo Marigliano in Naples.…

A big beast in kitten heels

‘She doesn’t rate Cameron any more. She did, but not any more,’ confides a friend of the Home Secretary. ‘There…

Jack Huston

When I first met Jack I was struck that he looks like a Huston (he’s the nephew of Anjelica Huston…

ILLUSTRATION BY MARCUS BUTT

Rich Boys from Brazil

Forget the blingy Russians clogging up the streets of Kensingtongrad with their Lamborghinis; ignore for now the Chinese tourists thronging…

Charity balls

Something strange has happened in the world of charity fund-raising. It’s what Malcolm Gladwell calls a tipping point, and what…

The great divide

Last year my wife Holly and I moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, a stunning colonial town nestled in the Shenandoah mountains.…

What’s not to Leica?

Just off Oxford Street, there is a dusty little camera shop. At first glance, you would think it had been…

Vice Versa

Do you remember buying a newspaper for the first time? It’s a big deal, a conscious decision to grow up…

nightclubs

Export strength

‘Nightclubs, if they are run badly, can attract the worst of the worst,’ says Guy Pelly sagely. Pelly became famous…

Neighbourhood Watch

The terrific 1958 Peter Sellers skit ‘Balham, Gateway to the South’, written by Frank Muir and Denis Norden, has lost…

Masters at work

The apprentice is back! No, not another series of the transatlantic TV show starring blowhards with bad hair, but the…

Arcade games

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

Angel blue

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

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…

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…