Here We Go Again, The Annual World Chess Championship

The World Championship for supreme chess master is upon us again and Sochi in Russia sees the tables reversed from last year’s challenger and champion with Anand now challenging Carlsen, a year in as chess supremo. Since my review of the last World Championship, in which I questioned the wisdom...

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Gentlemen’s Fashion: The Dandy in winter

It’s not often that the Swiss in Switzerland get all excited but with this upcoming winter sports season, they have much to trumpet about, celebrating an important anniversary. Velcro, aluminium foil and astonishingly enough, absinthe, were invented here. Where would we be in motorway traffic jams without the “Name A...

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Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and his Legacy 1860-1960

Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and his Legacy 1860-1960 National Portrait Gallery Until 11 January 2015 Tickets £14 www.npg.org.uk As with most exhibitions these days, exiting through the shop has become part of the overall visitor experience, not only so that everyone can have a ‘shopping opportunity’, but that the...

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Hogarth’s London

  Charles Lamb, the great English essayist, who was born in London a decade after Hogarth died in 1764, 250 years ago, said of him: ‘Other pictures we look at – his prints we read’. Hogarth, too, was a Londoner, and was one of the great chroniclers of the City,...

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