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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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

Hollywood's men in black: A history of cinema's favourite colour from Brando to The Matrix

John Walsh traces a half-century of seeing cinematic men in black evolving from Satanic figures into good-buddy cool lawmen

It’s agony – I’ve lost three followers on Twitter. Why? And why do I care?

Now the majority value popularity on social media above anything in the real world

Does Grayson Perry have any idea how tough life is for white, middle-class, straight men like me?

Just look at this crown of thorns we wear

The pop-up in Soho

Can pop-up bookshops change the way we buy books?

What’s a distinguished, old publishing house like Faber doing hosting gigs in its own pop-up shop?  

Pond, Dalston

Pond Dalston - Restaurant review: Aloha, aloha

A Victorian warehouse has been smartly converted to 21st-century light-industrial chic
A couple calculates their costs with the help of some paperwork

It’s the dream of escape that makes couples keep their finances secret from each other

Regardless of whether you trust your partner or not, it's always nice to have a world you can sometimes retreat to

Critics say Kipling showed loathing for India's primitive villagers in The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book: A tale as old as time

Two new film versions show the undimmed appeal of Kipling's classic about an Indian boy learning self-reliance from animals
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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn