Issue: January/February 2011

ONLINE ONLY: Festive Smear

When it comes to seasonal media coverage of the Middle East, Israel just cannot win

Party Lines

Nobody cares about the Royal Wedding — much

The Soviet Man of Steel

A fiercely loyal Communist with a ferocious work ethic, Mikhail Botvinnik was an unshakeable Grandmaster

Unwanted Liszt

Why is the bicentenary of the embodiment of Romanticism being downplayed by the BBC?

A British Model of Modernism

How insular is our sculpture? Not very, as a major new exhibition at the Royal Academy reveals

The Moral Low Ground

American TV dramas are often realistic and authentic, unlike their British counterparts

Topping and Tailing

Embryonic stem cells and assisted dying terminate opposite ends of life, but have common themes

Spoken Like a True Gentleman

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

A True King Among Lears

Derek Jacobi gives a masterful performance as the tormented monarch

Blessed are The Free

'Happiness consists in doing as we would be done by. Judaeo-Christian morality is integral to Enlightenment ethics'

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"