Let Them Eat Brioches

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

Does the Arts Club Have Good Taste?

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

The Facts of the Matter

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

A Modest Proposal for Rugby

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

More Courage than Prudence

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

Institutionalised Radicalism

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

Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink

Nudge is glib trickery, albeit of a very nicely spoken, bland cross-party 21st-century sort

Verse Makes a Comeback on Stage

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

The Writing on the Wall

There is much to admire about Banksy. But is he any good?

Publishers Should Know Better

The word "bestseller" is a terminological outrage

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"