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Farewell, then, Nuts magazine

2 April 2014 9:09

It looks like Nuts may be about to close, ten years after the lad’s mag was launched with great fanfare. Although it…

Remember what really bad, racist TV looked like? I give you London Live

1 April 2014 19:27

So Lebedev’s London Live has launched. And I don’t know about you but I’m hooked. I’d totally forgotten what really…

Opera tickets are too cheap

31 March 2014 17:55

A revival of Anna Nicole will open the Royal Opera House new season, it was announced today. And students will be…

Would prisoners kill for Carol Ann Duffy?

30 March 2014 11:34

It is of course shocking that the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling should ban prisoners from receiving books sent by their…

Televising theatre and opera will not attract new audiences. It will repel them

28 March 2014 16:52

Always try to get the worst seats for the opera. Upper circle. Foyer. Toilet. The nearest bus stop. The further…

Cocks-in-socks: charity has become exhibitionism

26 March 2014 9:21

The digital-age male is a pathetic creature. Shorn of all his old manly attributes, he has to puff himself up.…

Tony Hall’s new vision for BBC Arts: waffle, stale buns and chief execs

25 March 2014 13:48

I can’t remember the last time I turned to the BBC for cultural guidance. That’s not to say that the…

Silk vs The Good Wife

24 March 2014 17:40

American TV drama trumps British TV drama – it’s a well-worn but unfair cliché. It’s not that British drama is…

Spectator Life: meet the ‘hot Scots’ with fiery views on independence

24 March 2014 14:06

Ahead of the referendum in September, and as the country prepares for the Commonwealth Games, the spring issue of Spectator…

Alain de Botton: We need art to help us to live and to die

24 March 2014 9:55

The world’s big national museums are deeply glamorous places. We keep quiet in their hallowed halls, we wander the galleries…

Competition: Write a book blurb to repel readers

22 March 2014 9:30

You were on stellar form this week on the darker side of spring: the entry was full of wit and…

Introducing Spectator Life Spring 2014

21 March 2014 16:52

From Homeland to Game of Thrones and House of Cards, it’s an observation often made that we’re in a golden…

Stella Creasy, social media, and politicians with ‘hinterlands’

21 March 2014 12:48

Politicians like to insinuate that they have a ‘cultural hinterland’ — a range of interesting interests beyond Westminster. Take Stella…

The Unknown Known: Errol Morris tries to trip up Donald Rumsfeld – and fails

20 March 2014 15:14

Before getting onto the film I should make a few disclaimers. There is a popular view that Donald Rumsfeld was…

First look at the BBC’s BBC mockumentary W1A

20 March 2014 0:05

So, OK, here’s the thing with W1A: it’s just as brilliant as 2012. So that’s all good. By which I mean the…

Why Alain de Botton is a moron

19 March 2014 13:08

It’s become too easy of late to be rude about Alain de Botton. His banal aphoristic “insights” and homilies on…

‘Nijinsky disguised as Nigel Farage’: Angela Lansbury stars in Blithe Spirit. Review.

19 March 2014 10:08

Blithe SpiritGielgud Theatre If you’d asked me before this week, I’m afraid I’d have guessed Angela Lansbury had already reached…

Is Wilfred Owen’s poetry any good?

18 March 2014 14:04

Wilfred Owen, the poet whose work epitomises the horror of the First World War for most people in modern Britain,…

The BBC’s march to war

18 March 2014 9:23

Perhaps we are growing war-weary – weary, that is, of the gathering storm of World War One documentaries on the…

Under the Skin: one second of tits to every three minutes of glen

17 March 2014 10:22

‘I thought it was supposed to go on for another half hour!’ said a man in the foyer on the way…

Why building a new garden city at Ebbsfleet is a terrible idea

17 March 2014 9:52

So, the government plans to create a new ‘garden city’ in Ebbsfleet, Kent, with 15,000 new homes. Yesterday’s announcement by…

Spectator competition winners: 50 shades of…

15 March 2014 9:30

Last week, you were asked to dream up a short story entitled “Fifty Shades of”. The entries were a bit…

The Spectator website through the ages

14 March 2014 18:14

How has The Spectator weathered the first 25 years of the web? In Simon Courtauld’s excellent history of this magazine…

Russell Brand vows to write the revolution

14 March 2014 14:46

For a man who claims to be apathetic about politics, Russell Brand is rather noisy. Not content with guest editing…

The Picasso muse who became an artist

14 March 2014 13:00

With her long blonde hair tied in a ponytail, Sylvette David is familiar from many of Picasso’s paintings. She met…