Faked in Chelsea

For those lucky enough not have witnessed the latest cruel twist in the world of reality television, I recommend Geordie…

Paul Hood

Paul works extremely hard. In this industry, you only get out what you put in. If you work at a…

Quiet, please

I have recently had a new grandson. I say this almost as if it were a personal achievement, but grandchildren…

Club ties

Robin Birley wouldn’t speak to me because journalists always want to ask him about Annabel’s and his supposed feud with…

Gone girl

This month marks the 30th anniversary of one of Italy’s most iconic, and mysterious, crimes: on 22 June 1983, a…

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…

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…

Don’t call it junk

How long would you queue for a hotdog? You must answer this question if you are planning to go to…

First Murdoch, now the Mail… Alec Baldwin on his tempestuous relationship with the media

‘There’s a new chapter in my life,’ declares Alec Baldwin. That means his personal life — he recently married Spanish…

Cézanne’s ‘Les Pommes’ sold recently for £42 million at auction

Passion Plays

It’s a weird world, the one where love and money collide. Would you cough up £42 million for a depiction…

Dressing right

Imagine a giant Vegas hotel without the casinos. Replace the dancing girls and gamblers with right-wing political activists, lobbyists and…

Knock ’Em All Down

Few things look more grim than once pellucid glass turned opaque by the pitiless progress of urban grunge. Alas, concrete…

From Burgundy To Bastardy

In the world of wine, a word I deplore because of its overuse is ‘passion’. As in ‘a passion for pinot’.…

Save The Borrowers

In the disaster flick The Day After Tomorrow, a group of survivors shelters from an abrupt new ice age in…

Future Shelves

A quiet revolution has been taking place in public libraries in the United States. The adoption of ebooks has raised…

Star Signs

What should I go for? Remember the power of branding. For dead politicians that means Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, the two…

Anton Alvarez

Creativity and innovation are the defining characteristics of a good designer, an ability to think laterally and create inspired solutions to the…

Hayley Atwell

I love actors. My last novel, Waiting for Sunrise, features an actor so I’m deeply curious about the profession and…

His Next Steps

‘There’s a new chapter in my life,’ declares Alec Baldwin. That means his personal life — he recently married Spanish…

The two ways of Christmas

A SEASON FOR FAMILIES Toby Young Christmas is a bit like Marmite: you either love it or hate it. But…

Fit to Party

We all know about detoxing, right? Old-style detoxing is about laying off the toxins after the party season; the pretox…

Rare Opportunity

What the hell are you talking about?These 17 chemical elements, with names such as neodymium, dysprosium and europium, are used…

Don’t call it Junk

How long would you queue for a hotdog? You must answer this question if you are planning to go to…

Zen and the Art of Scotch

Miranda Grant is enthusiastic about whisky. At last December’s whisky auction in Edinburgh, a bottle of 55-year-old Glenfiddich was sold…

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…