Evelyn Waugh

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John Metcalf’s collection is as informative as it is entertaining.

“After the ham and Ambrosia Creamed Rice, he’d walked the neighbourhood – dark factories across the canal, bomb-sites, news agents, fish and chips, Pr(...)

Talia Shire, Sylvester Stallone and Sico in Rocky IV (1985). Over the years, a cult following has pored over Sico’s interesting history. Photograph: MGM

The tale of the vanishing robot from Rocky IV won’t go away. A month or so ago, Sylvester Stallone announced he would be cutting Sico, amusing mechani(...)

Ian Hislop and Paul Merton from the long-running BBC comedy panel show, Have I Got News for You.

Why does contemporary comedy so often skew to the left? Why do the arts as a whole lean in that direction? Do these questions only make sense if you a(...)

 Irish tenor John McCormack painted by Sir William Orpen in 1923. He cut his teeth at Feis Ceoil. Photograph: Christies/PA Wire

Coronavirus continues to ravage the cultural calendar for the next few months. Music for Galway has cancelled all of its April events. Both the Good F(...)

Rebel Wilson with her Cats co-star James Corden at the Oscars: the pair  arrived in deliberately awful representations of their feline selves,  wrapping irony around their introduction to the visual effects prize.  Photograph: Getty Images

At the recent Bafta ceremony, Rebel Wilson drew laughs for her takedown of the season’s biggest cinematic catastrophe. “I made this dress by sewing tw(...)

The new Chinese-built electric locomotives and train line from Addis Ababa to Djibouti. Photograph: Paul Schemm/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Ethiopian platform guards in smart red waistcoats and hats stand rigidly to attention along the platform edge as the 8am train to Djibouti begins (...)

Anthony Quinn as Quasimodo in the 1957 film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Photograph: John Springer Collection/Corbis via Getty Images

Since Chaucer there has been a long and rich tradition of writers creating imaginary religious buildings, cathedrals and churches in their novels. Som(...)

British prime minister Theresa May presents the prize for best sheep during a visit to the Royal Welsh Show last week.   Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/WPA Pool/Getty Images

One of the many curiosities about the shambles that is Brexit is the utterly hopeless negotiation strategy employed by the UK government. That might b(...)

Kristin Scott Thomas at the Cannes Film Festival in France last May. 'There are lots of films that I’m proud to have even been attached to,' she says. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

Kristin Scott Thomas sits down with a little theatrical shiver. The actor may have perfected glacial onscreen manners – think Fiona, the snooty friend(...)

Unspeakably disgusting toilet scene: Ewan McGregor as Renton in    Trainspotting (1996) Weekend Review January 2017. Ewan McGregor as Renton in the Danny Boyle film Trainspotting, from 1996.

Why was Piglet staring down the toilet? He was looking for Pooh. Today, November 19th is Toilet Day. Urine for a treat. So what should we all do to ce(...)

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