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Farewell, Speccie

19 July 2014

So we are all going to have to pay for fatties to have stomach bands and bypasses, are we? It may be ‘cost-effective’ to treat the obese before they go… Read more


From egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, to butterfly

12 April 2014

South Kensington is teeming with butterflies at the moment, or at least the specially constructed tropical enclosure at the Natural History Museum is. Sensational Butterflies (until 14 September) takes you… Read more

‘Study of Reclining Knights’ by Edward Burne-Jones; ‘Smell of Plums’ by Chiara Fersini

All the fun of the fair

1 February 2014

The Works on Paper annual fair runs from 6 to 9 February at the Science Museum. Its name is a bit of a giveaway: all art must be on paper.… Read more


The man who transformed houses

4 January 2014

Alec Cobbe is a designer, painter, musician, picture restorer and collector, and has recently donated drawings, photographs and other archives to the V&A, where some of this collection is now… Read more


The Discerning Eye show is full of great art pieces. I know because I chose them

16 November 2013

If you want to buy a picture or a piece of sculpture and have lots of money or not very much, or if you just want to look at more… Read more


Pearls: if you’ve got ’em, wear ’em

5 October 2013

‘Women spend more money on their ears in pearl earrings than on any other part of their person.’ So said Pliny the Elder, who disapproved of the increasing fashion for… Read more


Sculpture trail

23 March 2013

William Turnbull died last year. And if his name is not as familiar as those of his friends Giacometti and Paolozzi, it should be: an exhibition at Chatsworth in Derbyshire… Read more

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Millionaires’ playground

29 September 2012

‘If you don’t like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes.’ Well, Mark Twain, I waited a couple of days and I liked the weather a lot:… Read more


Royal rocks

15 September 2012

It’s a smallish dark room but, wow, what a lot of sparklers. There are more than 10,000 diamonds set in tiaras, crowns (Diamond Diadem, above), brooches, swords, earrings and necklaces,… Read more


Road to Mecca

10 March 2012

The British Museum’s latest exhibition Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam (until 15 April) sets out to explain the mysteries of this annual pilgrimage. Last year, a total of… Read more

The art of collecting

15 October 2011

Passion was in the air in the rooms of the Wallace Collection last week — or at least the word was at the inaugural Apollo seminar sponsored by specialist art… Read more


Me and my spoon

23 April 2011

‘We have a spare place at a silver spoon-making workshop. Would you be interested?’ asked the Goldsmiths’ Company. I most certainly was, which was why I turned up (with my… Read more


Rock on

19 March 2011

In December 1956, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins met at the recording studios of Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. And Million Dollar Quartet, at the… Read more


All in the mind

6 November 2010

‘All of us have had the experience of confusion or bafflement when we repetitively forget something, do something that (consciously) we absolutely did not want to do or lose something… Read more

Mixing with prostitutes

25 November 2009

Kienholz: The Hoerengracht Sunley Room, National Gallery, until 21 February 2010 The first time I saw Ed Kienholz’s work was at his 1996 retrospective at the Whitney Museum in New… Read more

Liz Suggests

12 June 2009

A few years ago I was given the Rough Guide to Shakespeare by Andrew Dickson. If you, like me, need to be reminded of the plot of some of Shakespeare’s… Read more


Liz suggests

20 February 2009

Film There’s been a rush of good movies recently — Rachel Getting Married (with Anne Hathaway) and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, to name just two — and coming up is The… Read more

Liz suggests

12 January 2009

Circus Cirque du Soleil has taken a surreal turn with its latest show, Quidam, at the Albert Hall: a headless man with an open umbrella, a crowd of people wearing… Read more


Liz suggests

7 June 2008

MUSIC Proms: Get booking now for this two-month season (18 July to 13 September). Highlights include the Berliner Philharmoniker with Sir Simon Rattle (Brahms and Shostakovich) on 3 September; Handel’s… Read more

Drawing a blank

4 June 2008
The Story of Forgetting Stefan Merrill Block

Faber, pp.313, 14.99

I can’t remember. How many times have we all made a similar response and thought no more about it? But what if those three words start to recur rather more… Read more

Tea and tranquility

16 April 2008

‘You are going where?’ was the first question. Closely followed by an incredulous: ‘Madeira? What on earth for? I suppose you are going to stay at Reid’s?’ Well, no, actually,… Read more

Property porn

17 October 2007

I need help. I’ve got an addiction. It’s reading property magazines and newspaper supplements and watching property programmes on television. I’m not looking for a new flat or house to… Read more