Simon Heffer

The Aesthetics of the Everyday

We shouldn’t be satisfied with solidly utilitarian coins, stamps and the dreaded “street furniture”. Good design can be incredibly heartening

Boxing Clever

British television today is rubbish. But boxed sets — especially those dramas from America — are like bottles of fine wine, waiting to be consumed at the perfect moment

No Laughing Matter

The fact that most of today's comedians are left-wing isn't necessarily the reason they aren't funny. It's because they aren't very bright

The Tide Turns in East Sussex

The grand old towns of the south coast have certainly lost some of their former glory, but there is no reason why their best days should not be ahead of them

How Seminal Was Burke?

In his biography of the statesman, Jesse Norman presents Burke as of seminal importance to today’s conservatism, and to Cameron’s government. He isn’t.

Battling with Britten

The reputation of one of England's finest composers has been indelibly stained by his refusal to fight in the Second World War

Jerusalem the Golden

Teacher, philanthropist, founder of the Royal College of Music — Sir Hubert Parry was so much more than a composer of England's finest songs

Could You Eat A Horse?

It it a great paradox that our culture glorifies celebrity chefs when, as a nation, we increasingly refuse to spend money feeding ourselves

Hitler’s Superman

Martin Heidegger's apparent denazification after the — with the help of Jewish lover Hannah Arendt — requires further examination

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"