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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Shoppers in Covent Garden, London, celebrate after they were the first to buy the iPhone 6, released yesterday

Ah, the unspeakable joy of owning an iPhone 6! If only I knew how to make the damn thing work

I have the world at my fingertips, but I just need to find the instruction manual first...

Ed Miliband at the Labour Party conference - where he forgot to mention the deficit

How different history might have been if its great speech-makers had done an Ed Miliband

Imagine Martin Luther King in Washington without ‘having his dream’ …

Le Restaurant de Paul, review: The dining room is tucked away like an embarrassing relative

29 Bedford Street, London WC2 (020-7836 3304). Around £30 per head, without wine

To see how the establishment operates, you really needed to be at this week’s launch party for Andrew Marr’s new book

What happens when political and media elites get together

Quiet genius of Toby Jones: From The Hunger Games to Truman Capote, Hollywood can't get enough of British acting's most versatile talent

Now the chameleon actor is returning to the small screen for two new TV shows
Got it taped: A cassette-sized spool could soon hold more than 500,000 albums

Pubs? Shopping? What are the things we do today that we’ll be nostalgic about in decades to come?

Nothing today mixes excitement and disappointment quite like getting photos developed

Author James Frey

Endgame: How to win £300,000 by reading a book by James Frey

What happened to books that offered the traditional pleasures of entertainment, wit and empathy?

Glory days: Sandy Wilson dresses Jacqueline Guise in the musical Call It Love in 1960

From Mozart to Orson Welles: The creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary

The Montpellier Chapter, restaurant review: The owners have bags of swank - will their howling sophistication suit Cheltenham?

Bayshill Road, Montpellier, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (01242 527788)

Gorgeous: The dining room resembles a graceful, aristocratic old dame of the inter-war years, stylish, slightly batty but still beautiful

Andre Garrett at Cliveden, restaurant review: A menu full of rock-solid European dishes

Cliveden, Taplow, Berkshire (01628 607 100). Around £65 per head for three courses with coffee and "bonbons" before wine

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Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
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Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
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The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
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Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

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The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
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If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
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Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable