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ENO’s Rodelinda: the best and worst of opera

1 March 2014 8:56

Boy, the crap that opera’s allowed to get away with. The mime, the mugging, the movement, the ideas. Richard Jones’s…

The millions in EU funding the BBC tried to hide

28 February 2014 17:41

Over the last three years the BBC has secretly obtained millions of pounds in grants from the European Union. Licence fee…

Spike Lee’s love letter to Ukip

28 February 2014 7:30

Tell me: does this passage from American director Spike Lee’s recent rant against the gentrification of Brooklyn not sound like…

Tweeting the Aurora Borealis

27 February 2014 22:32

Some people have been pointing their cameras at the night sky. The results are rather special: Eoropie in Ness, Isle…

Sir Paul McCartney’s media manipulation

27 February 2014 18:49

Having been whole-heartedly hacked off during the phone hacking scandal, one assumes that Sir Paul McCartney has always been an…

Let’s call a ban on Katy Perry. Why I’m siding with the mad mullahs.

27 February 2014 18:02

Call me a fruitcake, but I am all for Islamic censorship when it comes to Katy Perry. In the last…

Review: The Knight of the Burning Pestle, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

27 February 2014 8:28

If Monty Python were working in 1607, they might have come up with something like Francis Beaumont’s raucous The Knight of…

Ethnic diversity higher in the City than the arts

26 February 2014 10:11

That’s right. The evil scumbags who work in the City appear to be doing a better job at being modern…

Spectator TV presents Westminster’s ‘House of Cards’

25 February 2014 16:06

Introducing House of Cards, Westminster redux. Many thanks to all the politicians who took part.

Is Pussy Riot’s music actually any good?

25 February 2014 6:30

Victims of state persecution, ambassadors for day-glo knitwear and wank fodder for beardy liberals the world over, the members of…

Poemination: the antidote to idiocy

24 February 2014 17:10

Do you know any poems off by heart? I don’t. When I was younger, I used to. My favourite poem…

Opera takes on Islam

24 February 2014 14:51

You know how it is. You’re finishing off Friday prayers, wondering what to do with your evening. You notice some…

The greatest recordings by the oldest pianists

24 February 2014 8:50

Age has never been an impediment to great musicianship. YouTube is full of extraordinary late musical testaments from pianists who,…

RIP Alice Herz-Sommer

23 February 2014 21:10

The 110-year-old pianist and oldest known Holocaust survivor, Alice Herz-Sommer, who was imprisoned in Theresienstadt concentration camp, has died. Her…

Saturday night telly worth staying in for

23 February 2014 12:00

If you don’t go out on a Saturday night, you stay in and imagine what it would be like to…

The shelfie: the ultimate antidote to the selfie

22 February 2014 11:00

Shelfie [n.]: a bookshelf selfie Has the shelfie replaced the selfie as the most fashionable use of a camera phone?…

Competition: Write 50 Shades of something

22 February 2014 9:30

Spectator literary competition No. 2838 The latest competition asked for profiles for an online dating website for well-known politicians, living…

France’s cultural excess is immoral (but I still love it)

21 February 2014 12:11

For a committed, if unsuccessful, capitalist, I enjoy French culture an embarrassing amount – every last state-funded drop of it.…

In defence of the hipster

21 February 2014 9:38

I can see one now. (They’re hard to miss.) Face the colour of mayonnaise, Gameboy dangling from one ear, gerbils…

We watched the Brits so you didn’t have to…

20 February 2014 9:23

It goes without saying that the Brits are not the draw they once were. But I was sick of being…

Welcome to Culture House Daily

20 February 2014 7:50

From today, The Spectator’s gift for online enlightenment and trouble-making will now extend into the world of culture. Our aim is…

Give Steve McQueen a Nobel prize not an Oscar

20 February 2014 7:30

Film critic Armond White has been booted out of the New York Film Critics Circle. Officially it was for heckling…

Anything you can smash, I can smash better

20 February 2014 7:00

Art is under attack. Another week, another expensive poke in the eye. Last Sunday, Miami artist Maximo Caminero destroyed a…

Let’s ignore George Clooney’s vapid comments about the Elgin Marbles

11 February 2014 19:51

George Clooney may be many things, but an art historian he is not. Speaking at a press conference promoting his…

Why do most children’s books have a liberal bias?

24 January 2014 15:34

Anyone who wonders why conservatism is such a lost cause in this country only needs to turn on children’s television…