John Walsh

Prolific writer and commentator John Walsh contributes columns to the paper as well as writing features, interviews and restaurant reviews. He has been editor of The Independent Magazine, literary editor of the Sunday Times and features editor of the London Evening Standard.

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Lima Floral, restaurant review: Does Martinez's sister venture have the same wow factor?

14 Garrick Street, London WC2 (020-7240 5778). £45 per head, without wine

Hollywood's men in black: A history of cinema's favourite colour from Brando to The Matrix

John Walsh traces a half-century of seeing cinematic men in black evolving from Satanic figures into good-buddy cool lawmen

It’s agony – I’ve lost three followers on Twitter. Why? And why do I care?

Now the majority value popularity on social media above anything in the real world

Does Grayson Perry have any idea how tough life is for white, middle-class, straight men like me?

Just look at this crown of thorns we wear

The pop-up in Soho

Can pop-up bookshops change the way we buy books?

What’s a distinguished, old publishing house like Faber doing hosting gigs in its own pop-up shop?  

Pond, Dalston

Pond Dalston - Restaurant review: Aloha, aloha

A Victorian warehouse has been smartly converted to 21st-century light-industrial chic
A couple calculates their costs with the help of some paperwork

It’s the dream of escape that makes couples keep their finances secret from each other

Regardless of whether you trust your partner or not, it's always nice to have a world you can sometimes retreat to

Critics say Kipling showed loathing for India's primitive villagers in The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book: A tale as old as time

Two new film versions show the undimmed appeal of Kipling's classic about an Indian boy learning self-reliance from animals
Shoppers in Covent Garden, London, celebrate after they were the first to buy the iPhone 6, released yesterday

Ah, the unspeakable joy of owning an iPhone 6! If only I knew how to make the damn thing work

I have the world at my fingertips, but I just need to find the instruction manual first...

Ed Miliband at the Labour Party conference - where he forgot to mention the deficit

How different history might have been if its great speech-makers had done an Ed Miliband

Imagine Martin Luther King in Washington without ‘having his dream’ …

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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album