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The poetry and poignancy of the Consumer Prices Index

14 March 2014 9:39

Tufted carpets out, flavoured milk in. Canvas shoes in, take away coffee out. Last year we accepted spreadable butter, dropped…

Disposable dance-pop at its best and a Lennon-lite yawnfest. Kylie and George Michael’s new albums reviewed

13 March 2014 13:15

George Michael and Kylie Minogue have albums out this week. And while they might both be distinctly second-division these days,…

It was all going so well till the fishnet tights. A Classicist reviews 300: Rise of an Empire…

13 March 2014 11:25

It is 490 BC and it is raining. Themistocles, the Athenian general, is at Marathon, preparing to shoot an arrow…

Happy 25th birthday to the World Wide Web. What comes next?

12 March 2014 12:42

On this day in 1989, the World Wide Web was born. Tim Berners-Lee, a contractor at CERN, published a paper…

Isn’t Obama’s Two Ferns interview just a bit crap?

12 March 2014 8:28

Have you seen Barack Obama’s appearance on the satirical interview show Between Two Ferns? What did you think? According to…

New literary award launches. But is the Folio Prize just a pretentious version of the Booker?

11 March 2014 13:53

The British Library isn’t the first place I associate with contemporary fiction. For me, it’s about the Tudor manuscripts: the…

Review: The Michael McIntyre Chat Show, BBC One

11 March 2014 1:08

I was just thinking how strange it was that Michael McIntyre had morphed into Lang Lang, the ebullient Chinese pianist…

Culture House Pick of the Week: Minogue, Mahler, Strauss and Johansson

10 March 2014 16:50

FILM: Under the Skin (dir. Jonathan Glazer)  Critics who saw it at the Venice Film Festival thought it either ‘laughably…

Derek Jarman: no characterisation, no narrative, no poetry – no good

10 March 2014 10:33

A week or two ago, author Philip Hoare wrote an article for the Independent, describing Derek Jarman as ‘a modern-day…

New play forgets that rape is not just an Indian problem

9 March 2014 12:26

A play about the 2012 Delhi rape was never going to be easy viewing and unsurprisingly Yael Farber’s Nirbhaya is…

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…