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A Tragedy at the Theatre of Dreams, starring David Moyes

22 April 2014 11:33

And so the axe fell and the crowd cheered for they loved nothing more than a good beheading. They had…

David Moyes can blame Alex Ferguson for his failure

22 April 2014 10:50

Poor David Moyes, sacked before the season ends. Living up to the standards set by Sir Alex Ferguson was always…

Poetry in motion — and bridges and graves

19 April 2014 15:00

The most recent challenge, to incorporate a list of poets’ surnames — motion, bridges, wilde, gray, cope, hood, burns and…

Britpop 20 years on: the Tory voters who love Oasis

17 April 2014 15:57

It’s twenty years since the height of Britpop, but does anyone still care about it? YouGov has carried out some…

Paxo turns fire on the Beeb

16 April 2014 18:02

Is Mr Steerpike alone in thinking that Jeremy Paxman can’t be bothered anymore? First there was his wet rag interview…

Game of Thrones: lucky we just get to watch this programme – the North Koreans are living it

15 April 2014 10:43

Spoiler alert: this is a review of last night’s episode Anyone watching Game of Thrones for the first time last night would…

No, Sajid Javid isn’t a luvvie. That’s why he’ll be a great Culture Secretary

14 April 2014 19:58

I am taken to task by the Guardian’s Media Monkey for celebrating Sajid Javid’s elevation (as per the poster above) a…

Half of a Yellow Sun: only Freddie Forsyth and the Bodenesque tribalwear rescue this snoozefest

14 April 2014 15:52

I’m not one of those who automatically think the book’s better than the film. Efficiency is a good thing and…

Six books to leave unread when you die

12 April 2014 13:32

The recent challenge to compose the most off-putting book blurb imaginable elicited an avalanche of entries. This was one of…

Handbagged: if this is what luvvies think being ‘fair’ to Thatcher is, I’d like to see their idea of ‘unfair’

12 April 2014 11:19

Why do the Left love the Queen? Sure, most of us agree she’s done an excellent job in a difficult…

Sajid Javid’s first task is to recognise that the price of a cultural asset lies in its value as art

12 April 2014 10:30

The suggestion, made by the poet Michael Rosen and others, that Sajid Javid is not sufficiently cultured to be Culture…

I hope and pray that bookshops will survive – somehow

10 April 2014 14:37

When writing a novel, there comes a time, in the process of gestation and planning, when other books are required. It…

Ed Vaizey for the BM?

9 April 2014 15:28

There was only one topic of discussion at the launch of Nadine Dorries’s novel Four Streets last night – will…

Let’s not stop at Maria Miller. Let’s get rid of the Department of Culture completely

9 April 2014 10:20

The arts world will not shed a tear at the news that Maria Miller has resigned. Though it was Jeremy…

House music is great music – or can be

8 April 2014 12:14

When Chicago DJ Frankie Knuckles died last week, a novelty number by a Brylcreemed Aussie pop punk group had just…

BBC1’s The Crimson Field: manipulative, saccharine, shallow – and addictive

8 April 2014 9:33

Thanks to BBC1’s new World War One drama The Crimson Field, I know now how to fake the symptoms of…

Game of Thrones: ‘Our Island Story’ for the HBO generation

7 April 2014 16:23

When I was a boy I used to love the stories of the old kings of England, devouring book after…

To avoid revenge porn, don’t let someone film you having sex

7 April 2014 15:02

How do you solve a problem like revenge porn? It’s a strange new social evil. More and more men are…

Our infatuation with high-rise housing has been catastrophic. Good riddance to the Red Road flats

7 April 2014 12:25

‘If you meet anyone in a pub or at a party who says he is an architect,’ advised Auberon Waugh,…

When it comes to childbirth, I’d rather be a sheep than a woman

7 April 2014 10:51

I know this because I have now sat through five series of One Born Every Minute (Channel 4) and three series of Lambing…

Ladies of the Guardian: please stop writing about sex

6 April 2014 13:38

I’m generally a fan of the Guardian’s website, and sometimes write for it, but I’m sick of how much space…

Why have D&G fallen out with Victoria Beckham? They just miss Posh spice – don’t we all

6 April 2014 13:07

Dolce and Gabbana’s barbed attack on Victoria Beckham was a stab in the very slender back of their friend and…

Anthony Hopkins and a musical luvvie-fest

4 April 2014 17:48

Has anything ever been more luvvie than this?

Why do people always assume critics are male?

4 April 2014 12:05

I offer you a riddle. It’s worthy of the Sphinx guarding Thebes, but if you’ve got half the brain of…

Powder Her Face: Amanda Roocroft would never give a random bell-boy a blowjob

3 April 2014 18:44

Before we talk fellatio, let me get the boring, snide observations out of the way. It’s great to see the…