Former England footballer Gary Lineker volunteered his services to cover BBC golf coverage after Steve Rider left the broadcasters. Photograph: Getty.

Ah, Steve Rider. Out of the haze of sports television’s glory years steps the most urbane and dulcet-toned presenter of them all to remind everybod(...)

Raising taxes: President François Hollande. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Of the many insults levelled at France’s tax-and-spend policies, it is the cruellest. The phrase “sick man at the heart of Europe” was coined for the (...)

Entering through the Palladian portals of Burlington House, home of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, past the statue of Sir Joshua Reynolds, (...)