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Why I’m sending my new comic to Washington DC

20 May 2014 12:58

When I was eight years old I had the Stars and Stripes hanging up in my bedroom. This isn’t especially…

What makes art art? And why gaming may not make the grade

19 May 2014 18:37

Every now and then, you’ll come across an article which puts a case for something or other being taken seriously…

Masterchef is a food programme by tossers for tossers

19 May 2014 12:47

There is so much to hate about massively successful TV series Masterchef that I have been glued to it for…

Spectator competition: invent a meaningless proverb

17 May 2014 9:30

The latest competition, in which you were invited to compose a poem celebrating a famous duo, produced a colourful cast…

A Waiting for Godot that’ll make you laugh as much as it’ll make you despair

15 May 2014 17:49

I have to remind myself that Waiting for Godot is a confounding piece of theatre. It’s supposed to be. The…

Michael Jackson’s back from the dead. Again.

13 May 2014 11:34

Pop humpty-dumpty Michael Jackson has a new album out today. If that statement seems odd, you don’t know the half…

Sorry, Britain didn’t vote for the Austrian ‘Bearded Lady’

11 May 2014 15:31

There has been plenty of progressive backslapping this morning because Britain was one of the many countries to award the…

Eurovision 2014: the booing of Russia was a disgrace

11 May 2014 15:05

Yet again, the best Eurovision entries rose to the top on the night. Sweden, the Netherlands and Austria were the…

Eurovision: It was the beard wot won it

11 May 2014 11:10

I enjoyed Fraser’s preview of the Eurovision Song Contest; I had not known that he was such a fan. You…

We watched Eurovision – so you didn’t have to

11 May 2014 1:23

I like Europe, even if this may not be the place to admit it, and I like this moment, when…

Ukip and the vicious politics of Eurovision

10 May 2014 20:15

The Eurovision song contest has just started – seven million of us will tune in, at least 30 million Eurovision-related…

Jeffrey Archer’s six rules for writing

9 May 2014 11:40

A tweet linking to George Orwell’s famous rules for writing (‘Never use a long word where a short one will…

Exclusive poll: Brits think we’re doomed in Eurovision (and blame the BBC)

9 May 2014 9:28

Seven million of us will be tuning in at 8pm tomorrow night for the Eurovision final, rising to nine million…

The death of the reading library

7 May 2014 11:51

‘Quiet Zone: No Laptops Please’. So read the paper signs stapled as an afterthought in a dust-cloaked corner of the…

Let’s call the Turner Prize what it really is – an uninspiring ode to a multimedia world

7 May 2014 11:34

The Turner Prize shortlist has been announced, and includes a video artist who uses YouTube clips, an artist who pairs…

‘Great’ books best left unread: Anna Karenina, Moby Dick, Catch-22…

6 May 2014 14:37

Martin Amis compared Cervantes’ Don Quixote to ‘an indefinite visit from your most impossible senior relative, with all his pranks,…

The Eurovision Song Contest is starting – and for once, Britain is in with a chance

4 May 2014 20:27

There are those to whom the word ‘volare’ means nothing. But for  us Eurovision enthusiasts, it’s all starting with the…

The problems at Tate Britain go beyond the director

3 May 2014 11:49

Last week, Tate Britain was one of six museums across the UK to be nominated for the Art Fund’s Museum…

O come all ye unfaithful

3 May 2014 9:33

Organised atheism is on the rise and this prompted John Whitworth to make the excellent suggestion that I challenge competitors…

Estate agents, Elton John, and free champagne – this is how you build a thriving community

1 May 2014 22:30

To impress prospective homeowners most estate agents usually draw the line at getting their teeth whitened and buying the second…

Is Johann Hari ghost-writing Russell Brand’s ‘revolutionary manifesto’?

1 May 2014 18:21

Whispers reach Mr Steerpike that disgraced journalist Johann Hari has been tasked with ghost-writing Russell Brand’s next book, the much-dreaded revolutionary…

The great Shakespeare authorship question

1 May 2014 16:11

Was William Shakespeare just a nom de plume? The question is usually dismissed as boring, only of interest to snobs…

Civilisation doesn’t need a woman presenter – and it doesn’t need to be remade!

1 May 2014 15:40

I was pleased to see that June Sarpong had added her weight to Kathy Lette’s petition to get a woman…

Locke: a great excuse to gawp at Tom Hardy’s lovely neck

30 April 2014 10:51

The ancients thought that the seat of female hysteria was the womb. My theory (just as credible) is that male…

When Aachen was the centre of Europe – and Charlemagne ruled the known world

30 April 2014 10:50

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978, Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle) will this summer become the focus of European attention. From June…