Issue: January/February 2015

Carol Robertson

The British abstract artist Carol Robertson has been making paintings based on geometric forms for many years but consistently returns to the circle.

Is the West Worth Saving?

"In the war against the West, there have been many periods when the odds were against the survival of our civilisation."

What Putin Wants

Alarmingly, there are credible Western voices advocating a grand bargain with Russia

Shalom Julie

Early reviews of Unchosen have missed the point

Roman Tax Dodgers

There have always been the tax-shy in Britain

Gehry’s Middle Finger

The pugnacious and perennial bad boy and his ego

Brown v. Oxford

Is the ex-Chancellor's memory playing tricks on him?

Goodbye, Old Banger

"Audrey the Audi must go and I have to buy a nice four-door runaround. It’s just like my election dilemma—if not Audrey, who?"

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"