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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Phil Collins and the other members of Genesis are reuniting for a BBC2 documentary called 'Genesis: Together and Apart'

Phil Collins: The King Lear of pop music

He’s the rock god who refuses to retire. Perhaps he’s still searching for the critical acclaim he feels he’s been denied

Call that a head-butt? Pepe sins by placing his head on Thomas Müller’s for which he is promptly sent off

John Walsh on World Cup 2014: Titans whose genius we were ready to savour are failing to deliver

The ignoramus’s guide to the World Cup continues with more important bulletins about the major issues of the day, starting with – what you should know about Uruguay, England’s opponents tonight.

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez

Sneaky Suarez and Bored Balotelli: My ignoramus's guide to the World Cup

The footballing gene passed me by so I've done a little boning up on the World Cup. Here's part two of my guide to Brazil 2014

Pavilion, restaurant review: Perfect for power couples striking sexy business deals

96 Kensington High Street, London W8 (020-7221 2000)

How does Tom Wilkinson - star of The Patriot, Valkyrie and Belle - maintain a low profile?

In a movie universe dominated by ageless action heroes and charmless juvenile leads, Wilkinson is an authentic grown-up, says John Walsh

Shakira wins the Wag of the World Cup competition – and the tournament’s not even kicked off yet

World Cup 2014: An ignoramuses guide to Brazil

Julio Cesar, the Brazilian keeper. He came, he saw, he stopped a few penalties
At one with nature: Chris Stewart’s love of the land started after school when he took the unconventional step into pig farming

Former Genesis drummer Chris Stewart publishes his latest dispatch from Andalusia

It's 15 years since the former international shearer and chronic optimist wrote the bestselling Driving Over Lemons

The New Angel Notting Hill, restaurant review: John Burton-Race seems determined not to offer too much excitement at latest London venture

39 Chepstow Place, London W2 (020-7221 7620). Around £200 for two, including wine

No nudes is bad news for our art galleries

The Nude is under threat – but it is too important to our culture to hide away for fear of offending sensibilities

Thanks but no thank-you letters

Everyone is either thanking someone or taking offence because someone hasn’t thanked them enough

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The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
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Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
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The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
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The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
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Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
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Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
The Last Word: From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015

Michael Calvin's Last Word

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