The Last Of The BBC Proms

This summer’s dumbing down is just the prelude to ditching everything this great festival stands for

Sentimental Nihilism And Popular Culture

Commercial art forms may yet save the Western tradition from its propensity to self-destruction

Serendipity In La Serenissima

The hidden culinary gems of Venice

A Vanished World

Peter Paterson's engaging memoir evokes an era of Fleet Street camaraderie which has long since disappeared

Spoken Like a True Gentleman

Films like The King’s Speech can help to remedy the failure of our schools to teach history

Past Lives

‘Who would want a dusty collection of children’s books, their spines broken, written in German?’

Mole Special: A Stranger in My Own Land

Life in Birmingham as a vicar’s wife opened our Mole’s eyes to what has become of Britain’s second city

2010 and All That

Book Reviews: Crown and Country: A History of England Through the Monarchy by David Starkey; and The Story of England by Michael Wood

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"