Culture House Daily

In defence of Gemma Worrall, and her ‘Barraco Barner’ tweet

8 March 2014 10:10

Meet Gemma Worrall, the latest unlikely worldwide star produced by social media. She is a 20-year-old beautician from Blackpool, now famous…

Competition: Ghost a sleb autobiography in the style of a literary great (plus: the horrors of reunion dinners)

8 March 2014 9:30

Spectator literary competition No. 2840 You were excellent this week on the horrors of the reunion dinner. But these gatherings…

Carry On El Comandante. Does the world need a Hugo Chavez exhibition?

7 March 2014 13:33

The other day I got an invitation to a do called ‘For Now and Forever – a reception and photo…

Was Mark Lawson bullied? Or was it just a matter of trying to improve Front Row?

6 March 2014 12:51

I don’t really know Mark Lawson; I’ve bumped into him a couple of times and he once was the moderator…

Spectator Wine School: a roaring success

6 March 2014 12:48

We’re half way through our first ever eight-week Spectator Wine School. And since I had no part in the planning…

Was Liz Wahl’s on-air Russia Today resignation brave or self-serving?

6 March 2014 10:10

It’s hard not be cynical about these TV presenters on Russia Today making such bold on-air declarations against their network. The…

An announcement for Tony Hall: BBC3 was already dead

5 March 2014 17:55

Two words tell you everything you need to know about today’s announcement that BBC3 is to become an online-only channel:…

History of Art shouldn’t just be a subject for posh girls

4 March 2014 15:48

There’s a campaign running at the moment to rebrand History of Art and clear up some of the myths surrounding…

Theresa May: it’s time to stamp out slavery. Again.

3 March 2014 16:43

In his Oscars acceptance speech Steve McQueen declared he was dedicating the award for his film 12 Years A Slave…

The Flanders Defence

3 March 2014 14:31

Have the Oscar Pistorius defence team been watching The Simpsons? Michell Burger, the opening prosecution witness at the athlete’s murder…

BBC bureaucrats think they can pick a Eurovision winner. Let’s hope they’re right.

3 March 2014 13:48

listen to ‘Fraser Nelson on Britain’s 2014 Eurovision entry’ on Audioboo What would pop music sound like if the ‘hits’…

Review: John Harle/Marc Almond, Barbican Hall. Ignore the prog-rock pretension. Almond is a joy.

3 March 2014 13:24

Funny how quickly you forget the makeup of the average highbrow pop concert. It’s 96 per cent male, obviously, and…

Politics trumps artistry at the Oscars — full list of winners

3 March 2014 7:37

There were two possibilities for the 86th Academy Awards, joked host Ellen DeGeneres, either ‘12 Years a Slave wins the…

Film-maker who divided critics dies aged 91

2 March 2014 15:02

One of the greats of French cinema, Alain Resnais (1922 – 2014), has died. His early films, Hiroshima Mon Amour…

Who will win best film at the Oscars? Here are the runners and riders.

2 March 2014 13:30

The Oscars dispenses its wisdom tonight. By tradition the award for the past year’s best film won’t go to the…

Culture House comes out in support of Crimean secession (on flag design grounds)

2 March 2014 12:46

With a grim global tit-for-tat looking increasingly likely, Crimean secession is no laughing matter. Still, we here at Culture House…

Competition: Show us the darker side of spring (plus: what do you call a group of WAGs?)

1 March 2014 9:30

Spectator literary competition No. 2839 The recent call to coin collective nouns for tweeters, hackers, hoodies, WAGs, environmentalists, bankers, MPs…

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…