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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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.”

Are we really to believe that the mansion tax would stop Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie moving here?

Have they seen the price of a one-day travelcard?

A man smokes a joint while wearing a Bob Marley T-shirt

Bob Marley marijuana is on it's way — what's next, Lou Reed heroin?

The coming release of “Marley Natural” is another sign that the forces of Babylon are cashing in on the reggae musician's legacy

Ride’im: Man on all fours in red jacket

The science of sex: What happens when science meets erotica

Fetishes, dominatrixes, kinks and erotica. They are subjects that should get the crowds flocking to a new exhibition at the Wellcome Collection. But, warns John Walsh, when you put scientists and psychologists together with sex the results can dampen the ardour
Vladimir Putin got cosy with the Chinese First Lady, Peng Liyuan, while watching fireworks

Vladimir Putin should follow my hands-off guide to international diplomacy

On no account should you cover the First Lady with blankets, or attempt to take her pulse

Sex, tipsy Tories & Elizabeth David: Fifty years of the West End's infamous nightclub Annabel's

London’s most infamous A-list haunt, Annabel’s, has played host to everyone from Sinatra and John Wayne to the Queen and the Shah of Iran. This month it celebrates 50 years of glamorous excess. John Walsh delves into the archives – and discovers an intriguing link with Elizabeth David
Crowds gather to see the red ceramic poppies that form part of the art installation

Is Remembrance Day being undermined by 'poppy facism'?

No one should be coerced or bullied into displaying sympathy for a cause – doing so renders the gesture worthless

Turtle Bay, restaurant review: As Caribbean as the Ukip Calypso, but a lot more fun

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Stardust on stage in 1975: he later appeared in shows like ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Godspell’

Alvin Stardust dies: Farewell to our man in black

John Walsh pays tribute to the glam rock singer with the quiff

Dylan Thomas drank himself to death in New York aged just 39

All this Dylan Thomas fever is telling us only half the story

Dylan Thomas, the celebrated Welsh poet who raged against the dying of the light, would have had his 100th birthday this month

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit