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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Rita's, restaurant review: A bold adventuring in unfamiliar territory - but you may need to consult a dictionary

I don't know about this no-bookings policy that's taken over the capital's eating houses. What's the protocol? Do you ring and say, "I know I can't book a table, but I thought I'd mention that we're coming to your restaurant tonight and, er..." or do you walk in, in your eating-out finery, and say, "Hi! We were wondering if we could have dinner this evening. What, you have none free? Oh right..."?

Oscar Pistorius trial: Is it a court of law or a bear pit? Enter the adversarial advocate – Gerrie Nel

Gerrie Nel is the latest in a long tradition of ferocious prosecutors

Restaurant etiquette: The new rules of modern dining decorum

Speaking with your mouth full, eating off your knife. No longer are these the bêtes noires of the diner with decorum...

“We gonna chat and banter like it’s your birthday. Sip Orange Fanta like it’s your birthday.”

A new survey warns that kids who can remember the brand names of drinks referred to in song lyrics are twice as likely to drink to excess. Perhaps we could alter some lyrics?

Marcus, restaurant review: Horrible lighting but a splendidly simple menu

Marcus Wareing's two-Michelin-star eating-house at The Berkeley has reopened after a £1.4m redevelopment. But will John Walsh be able to see past the ugly downlighters, dark shutters and corrugated-metal backdrop?

After the furore over the new Noah film, perhaps the end is nigh for biblical stories on screen

Darren Aronofsky’s epic has fallen foul of a world which has learnt to take offence at everything and to politicise religious belief

Master crafstman: George Orwell’s rules of language have been taught for decades. He warns writers against showing off and swearing

New edition of The Complete Plain Words will delight fans of no-frills prose - but can breaking the rules be the making of good writing?

The Complete Plain Words was first published sixty-five years ago and its impact on British society was immeasurable

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay singer Chris Martin, pictured at a charity event in January

Imagine no possessions ... but is the ‘borrowing’ trend really what we want?

It’s salutary to consider how many things one could live without, or hardly ever needs

Wright Brothers Spitalfields, restaurant review: We worked our way through an aquarium

Exactly a century after their aerial namesakes, Orville and Wilbur, took to the air in 1903, the UK Wright Brothers – actually they're cousins, Ben Wright and Robin Hancock – took off in 2003, when they opened an oyster and seafood bar in London's Borough Market. The Market was at its apogee of trendiosity. City slickers flocked to the open-fronted premises, scarfing down plates of oysters, mussels, prawns and langoustine as if they were in Marseilles.

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