Culture & Anarchy

Festival of Britain

For too long the Proms showcased foreign music. Now, under Roger Wright, it is well and truly a Great British festival

Norman Wisdom

The Normans embellished Saxon churches but they also built their own, and there is nowhere better to admire their artistry than Herefordshire

Real Men Don’t Use Brylcreem

Public displays of emotion, sequins, ear studs and nancy boy's clothes: where have all the men's men gone?

A Voice of Pure Gold

Kathleen Ferrier's wonderful career was cut short by her death at 41 in 1953. Thankfully plenty of the contralto's songs were committed to vinyl

Native Tongue-tied

Learning a foreign tongue opens up an entirely new spectrum of cultural rewards, yet state schools are failing to emphasise their importance

National Anthems

For too long British classical music has gone unheard. Thankfully, what was once deemed a "guilty pleasure" is now getting regular airtime

Oh, What a Lovely War

Nostalgia for the war runs deep in our cultural memory; Matthew Sweet's new book shows why

Game Over

Despite the current success of England's test team, the county game is at an all-time cricketing low. It needs a dramatic overhaul

Pevsner’s Monument

Nikolaus Pevsner was the man who catalogued England. His project is well worth another read

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"