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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Winston Churchill died 50 years ago on 24 January 1965
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Getting up close to your heroes is a bad idea even if it costs you nothing

…but $300,000 for an audience with James Patterson?

Word up: Robbie Coltrane as dictionary guru Doctor Johnson in the classic sitcom Blackadder the Third

Academics are campaigning to bring back so-called dead words, like 'concinnity' and 'bloviate'

For the "magniloquent" John Walsh, they never went away
Olivia Colman as DS Ellie Miller in Broadchurch series two

Sleeping policemen? Do we really want our law enforcers dozing off?

A new study has suggested police should recharge with regular 'power naps'

The Groucho Club

Farewell to The Groucho Club's bar: Bad behaviour, legendary walk-ins, and U2

The scene of some pretty eye-popping behaviour over the years is being chopped up and sold for charity. It can't dish the dirt, but John Walsh can...

Strip tease: James Gillray’s 1805 cartoon showing British PM William Pitt and Napoleon Bonaparte carving up the world between them

Charlie Hebdo attack: The battle between political cartoonists and the forces of censorship has been going on for centuries

John Walsh traces the rich history of political satire and its power to provoke extreme reactions

Fireworks above Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Massive anniversaries await us in 2015 – here’s how to celebrate

A faithful recreation of the Viking invasion seems unfeasible

Café Pistou, restaurant review: 'A lovely place, I just wish there'd been an advisory sign'

8-10 Exmouth Market, London EC1 (020-7278 5333)

Clockwise from top left: Jarvis Cocker, Luis Suarez, Usain Bolt, Hilary Clinton, Nigel Farage, Prince William, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mario Balotelli

Quotes of the year 2014: Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that?

Some showed insight, some showed a complete lack of insight, and some simply left us baffled

Life on Mars? The imagination runs wild – and not in a good way

Small, apparently harmless things can turn into bloody great delinquent savage things

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us