Five pieces of art to get you in the mood for spring

Former Christie’s Director Deborah Allan shares her top five artworks to enjoy this spring

What to watch on Netflix this month

From Amy Adams’ sci-fi film Arrival to Idris Elba’s new drama, here’s our guide on what to watch during a night in

How should the royals respond to trolling?

‘Trolling’ began as satire and rapidly morphed into an excuse for abuse. Alex Krasodomski-Jones unpicks this strange cultural phenomenon

Alison Jackson: art for the fake news era

The queen of fake photography talks to Robert Jackman about the seductive nature of the celebrity exposé

The rise of sports tourism

From Dutch fans travelling to the UK to watch premier league football to test match cricket holidays in the Caribbean

8 things Londoners love to hate about London

Obviously, London is terrible: the job opportunities, the diversity, the cultural abundance, the unexpectedly high proportion of green space. Ugh.

Firewood is more than a middle-class accessory

In the Transylvanian winter, firewood is fundamental to survival but that only adds to its joy, says Stephen McGrath

Winter notebook: sailing the English Channel

This narrow stretch of water teams with ships in winter and possesses a language and character all of its own

Alter egos: from Bowie and Beyoncé to Marcel Duchamp

Artists across the decades have used alter egos to bring their art to life from Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp to Grayson Perry’s Claire

A 21st century Grand Tour of European art

Here are a series of weekend breaks to Europe’s finest galleries to reinvent the Georgian grand tour for the modern era

Why men like me are fed up with dating apps

The dating app meat market is turning us all into merchandise

Authors’ pseudonyms: from Agatha Christie to JK Rowling

pseudonyms give authors the freedom to become as malleable as their characters

Sexless cars: why no man will ever pull in a Prius

Cars are extensions of their owners, and today’s are the automotive equivalent of abstinence

Tintin turns 90: the secret to his appeal

One-dimensional and decidedly un-PC, Hergé’s Tintin is a blank slate onto which we project our own desire for adventure

Oscars 2019: nominations and predictions

From Netflix to #metoo: the politics of the Oscars race are far from straight-forward

Britain’s little capitals of culture

Swap the city for one of the many small British towns with thriving art and food scenes – from Stroud to Berwick Upon Tweed

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and the matriarchy

Gwen Smith on why finding a mentor like Midge’s Susie could be the best thing you do all year

How to choose a piece of art for your home

From framing to feature walls, Deborah Allan shows you how to find art to suit all spaces – big and small

The Best Talks and Debates on the Internet

From Jordan Peterson to Grayson Perry, we explore the internet’s most free-thinking talks and debates

20 New Words for the New Year

From Globo and Schmoo to Gaslighting, philologist Adam Jacot de Boinod shares his top 20 words for 2019

A Russian theatre giant brays against artistic repression

Anatoly Vasiliev’s productions were too radical for the Russian authorities. Now, he’s turned to cinema – and donkeys – to get his message across

Aidan O’Brien: the trainer who is leading the pack

The Irishman is a deserved winner of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities international award

A weekend retreat for keen pianists (and absolute beginners)

Finchocks, a former piano museum in Kent, is now a luxurious destination for people keen to brush up on their key skills

How the childhood home of a great artist was left to rot

Romanian authorities have failed to protect the house where Constantin Brancusi grew up