Hands on

Ewan McGregor caught the tinkering bug from his grandfathers. One of them, on his father’s side, was a motoring obsessive…

Striking again

In a studio above the Clink prison museum near London Bridge, Richard -Hoptroff shows me his latest invention: the world’s…

Simpler times

The first time I saw an Ochs und Junior watch was on the wrist of my Swiss friend Fabian. It…

Fiennes’ art

Secrets are at the heart of Ralph Fiennes’s new film, The Invisible Woman, which examines the life of Charles Dickens,…

Jack and Jacques

In our more cynical age, 50 years after the assassination of JFK, why do you think that period still has…

Viva la diva

Tamara Rojo has been enjoying a very high profile during her first year as player-manager of English National Ballet. Photogenic,…

When Sam met Sam

Recently, the Welsh actor Rhys Ifans made headlines by walking out of an excruciating interview with the Times. Every actor…

Gagging Orders

The formats of BBC radio comedy seem stuck in the past. A comedian takes a sideways look at something. A…

Inside the bubble

The Frieze Art Fair, its offspring Frieze Masters, and the various exhibitions that open at the same time, send us…

Stitching for the stars

Though the firm was established in 1849, H. Huntsman & Sons’ most famous clients are from the Hollywod golden age:…

Rocks of ages

As I sit at the computer with my fingers dancing across the keys, the monotony of their black squares and…

Making waves

Shaq looked lackadaisical; but really he was very precise. Action betrayed him. He tightened the toggle on his old straw…

The Wish List

Left to right: diamond and citrine in yellow gold basket ring, £3,500, Annoushka; Sevillana ring in 18k gold with lapis…

Home game

While the hard graft of being the world’s No. 1 tennis player is not to be underestimated, it has its…

The Biennale carnival

Sitting at lunch the other week, in a rainy London, I let my mind drift to Venice. I was to visit…

Role model

Mention that you are interviewing the German film star Diane Kruger and boys will note that she is ‘hot’, while…

That time of year

Festivals? A young man’s game. I know this because I was a young man until quite recently, so I went to…

Angela-Missoni (photo by Olymcom Spa / Rex Features)

Missoni’s mission

When Angela Missoni was pregnant with her third child, Theresa (now 23), she told her father Tai she couldn’t go…

Annoushka Ducas’s latest artistic collaboration at her shop in Chelsea, above, is with Nathalie Hambro

The jeweller’s art

I’m pretty sure the first thing most people do when they meet Annoushka Ducas is check out her jewellery. This…

A Thousand Words

What is your idea of a great portrait photograph? Something that makes you stop for a second and look again.…

Veiled Desire

Concentrating on sexual intercourse in isolation, wrote the notoriously celibate Henry James, leads to creative failure, for the act ‘finds…

Gambling On Gatsby

Aside from a talent for spending money and throwing parties, Baz Luhrmann and Jay Gatsby, the tragic hero of F.…

Following In The Fitzgeralds’ Footsteps

Stand on the north shore of Long Island, in the little town of Great Neck, and — with a little imagination…

The Franco Files

James Franco’s mood can shift from wary to jokey in a heartbeat. This I find particularly charming. As well as…