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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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

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

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No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor