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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Last orders: has the liquid lunch had its day?

To his cost, ex-Glencore trader Andrew Kearns has found being hungover a sackable offence, but the liquid lunch shaped many a day in days gone by, says a wistful John Walsh

Diana, Princess of Wales, with Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela life story: An icon for our times

His charisma was such that every megastar wanted a share in it

Fresh ideas: Darina Allen in the garden

The chef you've never heard of: Darina Allen is Ireland's answer to Delia Smith

John Walsh charts her 30 years of influence on some of the world's greatest cooks from her farm in County Cork

George Clooney's Esquire blunder

The actor's made some ungracious remarks in a recent magazine interview

Dominic Grieve appears to have had Twitter in his sights for some time

Twitter’s reach is global. Can the Attorney General control what's tweeted from Venezuela or Vietnam?

As we've seen before, Dominic Grieve is clearly a man spoiling for a fight

Olympic Studios: Restaurant review - The shrimps had a mysterious taste nobody could explain

Now this is a place with real pedigree. I don't mean it used to be owned by Pierre Koffmann or helmed by Marco Pierre White or picked up a Michelin star under Raymond Blanc. Oh no. In Edwardian times it was a theatre-cum-dancehall-cum-bioscope (an early form of cinema, where punters could watch footage of King Edward VIII's funeral).

True grit: Deadwood star Ian McShane on villainous turns and his days as a Hollywood hellraiser

Ian McShane has racked up an impressive roster of rogues, bounders, cads and villains, not least homicidal pimp Al Swearengen in 'Deadwood'. He talks (extremely) frankly about his hellraising days, on-set sex, and the merits – or otherwise – of some of his Hollywood colleagues

Why erase memories that make us wince or cringe?

As seen in Men in Black, you may realise unpleasant memories were bruising but somehow defining moments in your life

Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl in Julian Assange WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate

Lessons to take from the greatest film flops

‘The Fifth Estate’ was the year’s worst cinematic flop, but there are lessons to be learnt from all 2013’s tally of turkeys

Review: Meeting the Devil: A Book of Memoir from the London Review of Books

Trauma, illness and grim remembrance comprise this memoir collection – and that’s not to mention the genital warts

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Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
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Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

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Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

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From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
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'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
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Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
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Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

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London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital
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