David Lister

A founder member of The Independent David Lister joined the paper in 1986 as Assistant Home Editor. He became the paper's arts correspondent in 1988 and is now Arts Editor and writes a column each Saturday. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Peter Capaldi will play the twelfth Doctor

With its pointless TV special, Doctor Who has regenerated into a version of The X Factor

The fanfare over Peter Capaldi's new role came at a high cost

A statue of Jane Austen's romantic hero Mr Darcy in The Serpentine in London's Hyde Park to celebrate the launch of UKTV's new free channel 'Drama'

Like Joan Littlewood at Stratford, there should be more statues of cultural greats to inspire us

Plus: Daniel Barenboim creates a lions' den for the first violin at the Proms

Leave lasers to others, but the Albert Hall Proms could enhance the show

Bristol leads the way in challenging the tradition of classical concerts

That's a right royal mess the Royal Ballet has got itself into

What on earth is going on at Britain's premier dance company?

All 16 of Damien Hirst's limited edition Diamond Dust “Psalms” series hang in the restaurant

At 45 Park Lane the menu includes Damien Hirst's Diamond Dust

A literally dazzling exhibition of neon installations by the talented British duo Chris Bracey and Christian Furr is upstairs. Downstairs is an array of paintings by Damien Hirst. That might all be expected at an art gallery. But the neon exhibition and Hirst paintings are at a London Hotel, 45 Park Lane, the sister establishment to the Dorchester just opposite.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller

It's time Culture Secretary Maria Miller did some real work in the arts

Plus: Arts grandees like Nicholas Hytner and Jude Kelly should fall out more often; and there's no time or space for the Tardis in Rory Kinnear's life

John Profumo and Christine Keeler

'Don't cry for me, Christine Keeler...' is Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest the new Evita?

Plus: There's Rhinegold in them there Cotswold hills and Exile on Main Street for someone in the Sky newsroom

Allegations of domestic violence will change not just Roberto Alagna's but Angela Gheorghiu’s image forever

Angela Gheorghiu is  everyone’s idea of the  superstar opera singer: a hugely gifted soprano with electric stage presence, who also happens to be beautiful, full of star quality and something of a diva to boot.

The Rolling Stones will be dropping off at Worthy Farm on their 50 and Counting anniversary jaunt

Our elder rockers have outgrown our descriptions

Plus: Opera in English? Sorry, I'll need that in writing and some frankly filthy language at the Globe this summer

Forget nudity and swearing. A real shock would be for the art world to engage with the right

Plus The honour is all his in the Panter household and Private Lives' Toby Stephens picks a very public fight with Joan Collins

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...