John Betjeman

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On Chesil Beach: at one point Saoirse Ronan’s character holds her knife like a pen

Reviewing the film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach, I remarked on a minute breach of middle-class etiquette. Saoirse Ronan is reliably exce(...)

Earlier this month, Philip Larkin joined the pantheon of poets when he was honoured with his own plaque in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey. The cer(...)

The Great British Bake Off: all this year’s bakers with Mel Giedroyc, Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry and Sue Perkins

It was important that reports of The Great British Bake Off’s departure from the BBC made it on to the news pages. Nothing stirs the spirits more than(...)

Every autumn for the past seven years, Adam’s auctioneers has temporarily decamped from its St Stephen’s Green headquarters to hold its Annual Country(...)

At the “Daily Express”, Osbert Lancaster  pioneered the pocket cartoon with which we are all familiar now: a single panel, single column drawing. Photograph: Express/Getty Images

Osbert Lancaster did not have to look far for caricature. Sporting a walrus moustache and always dressed in true dapper dandy style with tweeds or pi(...)

Derek Hill painting a portrait of playwright and songwriter Sir Noël Coward

Derek Hill may not be a household name but he is one of a select few Englishmen granted honorary Irish citizenship. President Mary McAleese conferred (...)

Lismore Castle, Co Waterford, former home of Sir Walter Raleigh, where you can now stay in aristocratic splendour

An invitation to dinner and an overnight stay in Lismore Castle, the opulent Irish seat of Britain’s Duke of Devonshire prompted concern. What to b(...)

Val Lamb receiving a presentation from Irish Times caseroom staff on the occasion of his retirement. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Valentine Lamb, always known as Val, was an outspoken editor of the weekly Irish Field for 33 years who articulated a clear vision of a better future (...)

My aunt, Nellie McIntyre, outside the house

My early childhood world was Glenbrook Terrace: Victorian houses with long gardens bordered by railings, above the main road from Cork to Ringaskid(...)

Photographer Jane Bown at a press conference given by actress Bette Davis, who was making her London debut at the London Palladium in October 1975. Photographer: Central Press/Getty Images
Photographer Jane Bown dies at age of 89
  • UK
  • December 21, 2014, 21:43

Top photographer Jane Bown, who worked for the Observer for more than half a century, has died at the age of 89, the newspaper said. Bown joined th(...)

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