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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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

16 High Street, Ealing, London W5 (020-3067 0007)

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

Lima Floral, restaurant review: Does Martinez's sister venture have the same wow factor?

14 Garrick Street, London WC2 (020-7240 5778). £45 per head, without wine

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