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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Lyle's, restaurant review: 'After the cornucopia of the lunch menu, dinner sounds grudging'

Lyles, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 (020-3011 5911)

Very tasty: Vladimir Putin dining alone, perhaps sensibly

Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned

John Walsh salutes those brave souls who have, throughout history, put their knives on the line
Meg Ryan faking an orgasm as Sally in 1989's When Harry Met Sally

Men fake orgasm too? Show offs

They were being kind. They didn’t want to hurt their partner’s feelings. They wanted to make it all seem simultaneous…

A Brazilian fan shows his dejection after the FIFA World Cup 2014 semi final match between Brazil and Germany at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Germany’s mauling of Brazil was surreal, epic and unmissable

The tectonic plates of world sport were shifting beneath our feet

Wilfred Owen in uniform as a 2nd Lieutenant. The poet was teaching in France when the war began

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Dulce et decorum est - a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality

Wilfred Owen’s death, like his poems, captured the pity of war. John Walsh charts his journey from innocence to iconic status

Kurobuta, restaurant review: Scott Hallsworth serves up taste-boggling Japanese cuisine

17-20 Kendal Street, Marble Arch, London W2 (020-3475 4158). £150 for two, with cocktails and wine

John Walsh on World Cup 2014: Who knew? Fifa apparently has an ethics committee

Perhaps it could think up appropriate punishments for players’ antics

Back together again: Michael Palin and Carol Cleveland revive ‘The Lumberjack Song’

Monty Python Live review, O2 Arena: A desperately lazy production

Cute, mildly rude, harmless and, of course, also available on DVD

A man tends a vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina

The might of Mendoza: The romantic tale behind Argentina's booming malbec grape

Malbec has often seemed a neglected, sickly member of the great French Bordeaux family. Just as it seemed to be in terminal decline, a saviour appeared

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Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

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Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
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It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
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Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
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'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
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Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
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Don't get caught out by that wind on the beach. Zip them up in a lightweight top to see them through summer to autumn
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