Issue: June 2014

The Arrival of Spring

From David Hockney's latest show

Laurie Lee’s Ladies

Uncovering the truth from the author's legend

Shut that gate!

It's time for a change in the postman's attitudes

Shopping for Beauty

Laura Freeman enjoys the fruit of Lisa Sainsbury's passion for art

Prague’s Red Ghosts

  The city's Museum of Communism is shabby and rather strange, but it should be

Euro Visions

How to survive a Eurovision party

Glad to be Grey

‘I’ve recently let my hair go grey. It meant allowing years of highlights, lowlights and serial pigment abuse to fade into the palette of a catalogue from The White Company’

Where is the Cavalry?

A world without the US as global policeman will collapse into chaos

A Sing-Song in Israel

"First Peres, then Netanyahu, and other Israeli leaders sing. They all have passably good voices-a nation in the strangest surroundings enjoying itself"

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"