Luke Blackall

Luke Blackall edits the i's Caught and Social column.

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A late-night graffiti stroll around Marseille (with help from Google and a toddler)

Luke Blackall embarks on an after-dark 'safari' around the Cours Julien quarter

Luke Blackall meets Hollywood star Al Pacino

Man About Town: Why it’s a sin to watch movies on a phone

On Wednesday night, I met up with Al Pacino for dinner and a catch-up.

Man About Town: Chiltern Firehouse and lesser-seen restaurant that actually lives up to the hype

It’s hard to avoid the Chiltern Firehouse. If you’re not hearing people talk about it, you’re reading about it: the media have embraced the venue dubbed the hottest restaurant in town in a way not seen since the Ivy or Nobu hit their peaks. Nightly, a stream of celebrities are captured by the permanent post of paparazzi positioned outside.

Mark Flanagan, chef to the Queen, with Cristeta Comerford, chef for President Obama

Man About Town: Abramovic's young fans, and the chefs to the world's most powerful palates

Conversation with Marina Abramovic provides constant interesting soundbites. "Every single day," she says, "is a miracle." Her new show sees her in the studio six days a week, which is “hell, but it’s wonderful too”, but it’s better to be out as "the studio’s a trap", she claims to learn nothing "from Western culture" and "I learn from life".

Fireworks burst around the Eiffel Tower in Paris as part of France's annual Bastille Day celebrations

Man About Town: Bastille Day made me realise, other countries' national days are way more fun

Whenever I hear people (or myself) complaining about trains in the UK, I like to think back nine years when I was on holiday in California. After having explored the Golden State, I thought that jumping on a train to Seattle would be the relaxing, scenic route.

Man About Town: 'Bringing chemistry to drinking is becoming increasingly popular'

The idea is to lick the battery, then pour the powder into the glass and sink the drink

Man About Town: 'Was that bid for £55,000 or £60,000?' 'Oh whatever...'

As David Cameron and Boris Johnson will know, the secret to a successful fundraising party is not simply inviting your best friends, but your richest ones. Dave and BoJo bumped up the Tory party’s coffers this week to the tune of £160,000, by auctioning off the chance to play tennis with them.

Man About Town: A makeover as Daphne’s turns 50

I wonder if the restaurant will still be going for the anniversary bash in 2064

Man About Town: Critics given a taste of their own...

It’s easy to think, when it comes to food critics, that those who can’t do, criticise.

Dionne Warwick seizes phone from audience member during Arts Club gig

The legendary singer is angered by a fan who tried to film her show

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...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
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End of the Aussie brain drain

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Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
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