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A big beast in kitten heels

Theresa May is much more formidable than her carefully cultivated image suggests. Just ask her enemies

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Editor's Letter

Olivia Cole

Editor’s letter

29 November 2014

For our cover story, Harry Cole spent a month getting to know the Home Secretary’s friends and enemies. If you’re trying to work out what will happen the Conservative party… Read more

Culture

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Tracey Emin and Gavin Turk on the power of neon

29 November 2014

Contemporary art’s love affair with neon

Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking

Brits can act but can they win Oscars?

29 November 2014

When the plot of a film matters less than the plot of its awards campaign

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Long live bookshops!

29 November 2014

Ebooks are everywhere, but a few independent bookshops are staging a valiant rearguard action

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Interview: Paddington Bear on immigration and buns

29 November 2014

From deepest darkest Peru to Elstree Studios: Olivia Cole talks to Paddington Bear

Life

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How to be knowledgeable about wine

29 November 2014

Or, how I learnt to stop worrying and love sommeliers

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Hot tips for investing in property overseas

29 November 2014

Where in the world to invest in property

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Unveils Company's New Manned Spacecraft, The Dragon V2

Do you want to go to Mars with Elon Musk?

29 November 2014

In the next decade or so, Elon Musk plans to fly people to the red planet. Should you go?

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Dietary requirements gone mad

29 November 2014

The food fads frustrating me in LA today will be ruining your dinner party tomorrow

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A big beast in kitten heels

29 November 2014

Theresa May is much more formidable than her carefully cultivated image suggests. Just ask her enemies

Style

Lotus has now made the car that featured in The Spy Who Loved Me a reality

James Delingpole says no thanks to James Bond gadgets

29 November 2014

How action films invented the modern world

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Get through airports hassle free

29 November 2014

Fed up with airport security? Have your luggage delivered door-to-door

Prince’s Lodge at the Connaught hotel

Behind the scenes at Claridges

29 November 2014

Guy Oliver’s life in interior design, from Claridge’s to the Kremlin

Winner Arnold Schwarzenegger with Tom Parker Bowles and Mehmet Kurt

Smoking cigars with Schwarzenegger and Frasier

29 November 2014

What happened at Cigar Smoker of the Year

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Driven by instinct

29 November 2014

Why driverless cars are so difficult to make

Time

Big Ben, 1959

Telling the time with a minute repeater

29 November 2014

The joy of the minute repeater

Restoration

Don't scoff at luxury brands sponsoring the arts

29 November 2014

The rise of luxury brands that sponsor arts

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Down on the Swiss watch farms

29 November 2014

A tranquil valley is the unlikely heart of fine Swiss watchmaking

Clockwise from top: Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th Tribute to Felix Baumgartner, £6,500; Romain Gauthier 950 Platinum Ruthenium dial, £45,650: Girard Perregaux 1966, £18,850, both available at William & Son

The Wish List

29 November 2014

Photography by Arthur Woodcroft

Travel

La Marocain restaurant at La Mamounia

Mark Mason avoids S.A.D. in Marrakesh

29 November 2014

Churchill retreated to Marrakech in the winter to banish his blues — it will do the same for you

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Globe Trotting

29 November 2014

Our latest travel favourites

Columnists

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James Mumford

Help me! I am a chocolate addict

29 November 2014

American chocolate is disgusting. So it’s easy to give up. Isn’t it?

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Harry Cole

How will the election be broadcast?

29 November 2014

Broadcasters are already jostling to find the winning formula for the general election

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Sam Neill

All artists have ADD, me included says Sam Neill

29 November 2014

Cavemen with short attention spans invented culture

One to watch

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Bagsy books

29 November 2014

Introducing Maria Marigliano Caracciolo, a designer bound into a craft tradition