Counterpoints

The Patisserie Wars are expanding at least as rapidly as the nation’s waistbands

In the dictionary on my laptop it defines art as “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination”. To me, that’s cooking

Mastering facts, memorising rules, learning poems by heart have come to be regarded, not as enlarging a child’s world but as positively crushing his or her spirit

No doubt the haka is all very well in its time and place – but that place was long ago and far away. It’s essentially a cannibal war dance designed to scare the living daylights out of those you hope to kill and eat

Brown has put his conception of the national interest before popularity in a way that has left him trailing in the opinion polls and possibly even mortally wounded politically

Universities have been transformed into the most Marxist, postmodernist, anti-American, anti-military and anti-capitalist institution in American society

As society grows increasingly nostalgic for traditional structures it seems that the theatre world is experimenting with ways to recreate them