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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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

Rex & Mariano, restaurant review: Harbour-to-table is a nice concept ... but ditch the iPads

St Anne's Court, London W1. About £30 a head before drinks or service

A visitor walks past one of the displays of Elvis

Elvis comes to the UK: The King is enshrined, forever young, as Graceland arrives over here

‘Largest retrospective ever in Europe’ offers everything from his first record to gold telephone – except images of Elvis’s early decline

The flood of anger at the Irish water charge shows that tax avoidance has its merits

People are waking up to the fact the money will be used to pay off the massive national debt

Dictator's dinner: Hitler tailored his diet to cope with his chronic flatulence

Dictators' Dinners: From Hitler's vegetarianism to Kim Jong-Il's Iranian caviar

John Walsh reads up on the dos and don'ts of dining with history's great dictators

Ed Sheeran is the most listened-to act in the world

Ed Sheeran: Boy next door who made it very big

The most popular act on Spotify is a red-haired 23-year-old from Hebden Bridge who looks more like a fan than a star

Gloss finish: the lobby makes a statement

The Beaumont, London: Room service

A capital idea, this Manhattan transfer

Mikhail Kalashnikov with an AK-47

Instead of trying to rebrand the AK-47 as a 'weapon of peace', Kalashnikov should just tell the truth

If you’re one of the 250,000 people killed every year by a gun, the chances are it’s a Kalash

Phyllis Dorothy James on stage during a reading of her book 'Death Comes to Pemberley' last year

PD James appreciation: She shot from poverty to the peerage – but remained down-to-earth

Whether it was she or her friend Ruth Rendell who best deserved the title “Queen of Crime,” there was definitely something regal about PD James. She was a Baroness, she often lunched with the Queen and her books were always among the small pile of reading material sent to beguile the royal family on their holidays. She always carried herself with serene dignity. But it never, thank goodness, went to her head. She was far too down-to-earth to succumb to grandeur. She positively wriggled with embarrassment if you called her by her title. “Don’t bother with that nonsense,” she’d say. “Call me Phyllis.”

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