Victoria Lane

Coney Island amusement park used to display premature babies to a paying public

28 May 2016 9:00 am

I like Radio 4 — you can have it on in the background burbling away for hours and hours without…

High mountains, deep pockets

Courchevel – from pickled cockles to the height of luxury

5 March 2016 9:00 am

The last time I stayed in Courchevel it was in a tatty roadside chalet a long way down the mountain.…

Holidays in Rwanda? No, this is not a sick joke

28 March 2015 9:00 am

The gorillas who saved Rwanda

Notes on …The Tarn Valley

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Why didn’t I know about the Tarn Valley? I’d often been right next door. But here, north-east of Toulouse, between…

'Morocco is a diabetic's nightmare'

23 February 2013 9:00 am

Marrakech is a strange carnival, says Victoria Lane

Aeolian joys

29 December 2012 9:00 am

It’s 5 a.m., a splashy grey dawn, and we’re out of here on easyJet. Palermo is another world of heat…

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Incredible string band

29 September 2012 9:00 am

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain are performing at the Albert Hall: playing their tiny instruments in a very big…

Brown study

4 August 2012 6:00 am

Stage hypnotists need the trust of their audience, but also a whiff of danger. So Derren Brown calls his show…

A life in letters

8 October 2011 7:00 pm

At 93, with a new epistolary memoir just published, Diana Athill remains as sharp a conversationalist as ever

Dare to be dull

6 August 2011 12:00 am

Why can't we be shown old documentaries in full?

Give Charlie a break

23 July 2011 12:00 am

The boy’s gone to jail. Isn’t that enough?

In the beginning was the crossword

12 February 2011 12:00 am

On Thursday evening, a stream of distinguished visitors poured through the doors of 22 Old Queen Street. These were the readers who had applied and been picked to attend a party to celebrate the publication of the 2,000th Spectator crossword.

For his next trick …

23 October 2010 12:00 am

Derren Brown wants to avoid the posturing of most illusionists. But he can give a remarkable impression of transparency while keeping his cards very close

An 80-year-old mystery

10 February 2010 12:00 am

Ruth Rendell talks to Victoria Lane about her long life as a writer, growing up with warring parents and being a working Labour peer