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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Blixen, restaurant review: Chef Matt Greenwood has created dishes of originality and flair

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The small Irish town of Athenry has a special place in my heart. What might the arrival of Apple do to it?

Soon eight long, white, bungaloid structures will appear in Derrydonnell Forest

The write stuff: masters of story-telling James Joyce, left, and Thomas Hardy

All fiction follows one of six basic storylines, according to new research

Begging to differ, John Walsh can't even begin to number the ways
Dominique Strauss-Kahn faces up to 10 years in prison and 1.5 million euros (£977m) in fines if he is convicted

The stigma of shame in the 21st century has all the depth of a Twitter hashtag

You might think that disgraced public figures would spend their days in guilty silence trying to restore their reputation, but this couldn't be further from the truth

Etiquette in the digital age just got a whole lot more fraught

Debrett's presents the living room as a social minefield

Pseud for thought: even John Walsh has been guilty of overelaboration

Restaurant reviews: Have we become a bit precious about describing flavours and textures?

Research shows that restaurant reviews now use language associated with sex, addiction and trauma. John Walsh wonders when writing about food became such a mouthful

John Doe, restaurant review: Game cooking and risk-taking in the middle of Golborne Road

46 Golborne Road, London W10 (020-8969 3280)
A couple pose for photos at a photo booth before a mass wedding ceremony on Valentine's Day and Chap Goh Mei festival, also known as the Oriental Valentine's Day in Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur

At last the world is rising up to fight the tyranny of Valentine’s Day

Heard of the Revolutionary Alliance of Men that Women Find Unattractive?

Shibari: A couple explain the appeal of Japanese rope bondage

“The things that get publicised are whips and chains and gimps. But there’s a huge range of activities”

A scene from the much-anticipated adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, featuring Jamie Dornan's torso

Fifty Shades of Grey and other BDSM movies: Bondage at the box office

Love hurts, but how much? With 'Fifty Shades of Grey' opening on Valentine's Day eve, John Walsh wonders if it will treat S&M gently or if, like most of its genre, it will try to swing both ways

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor