Peter York

York is an author, broadcaster, journalist, management consultant and cultural commentator. He was Style Editor of Harpers and Queen for ten years and he co-authored The Sloane Ranger Handbook in the 1980

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Television ads number 257: club 18-30: What makes a Greek lad go bad?

Peter York on ads number 257: club 18-30

OFFscript but ONmessage

PETER YORK ON ADS NUMBER 256: ONDIGITAL

Right of Reply: Peter York

The social critic responds to a piece by Anne McElvoy on his research

A bloke, but not as we know him

PETER YORK ON ADS NUMBER 254: GRANADA TV

PETER YORK ON ADS NO 252: V-TECH: Children who love chips

We all want children to be computer literate don't we? Children themselves want to be sufficiently computer literate to engage in Mortal Kombat, chat with their friends on the internet and show off. Their parents want them to be modern and get good jobs. And the Prime Minister has put IT for schools very high on his priorities.

Television: Fun on the back of a cow

PETER YORK ON ADS NO 251: AMBROSIA

Peter York on Ads: No 24 Cellnet: These slackers are completely phoney

Modern dilemmas, contemporary conundra, don't you just love 'em? Cellnet puts them centre stage in its new campaign aimed at the younger, less established type of person (The reality of mobile telephony, meanwhile, is a target market of 10-year old joy-riding arsonists).

Wright's ad for One-to-One is right on

PETER YORK ON ADS NO 249: ONE-2-ONE

Television: Let's chuck out the stuffy morals too

PETER YORK ON ADS NO 247: IKEA

Peter York on ads - No 246: Heineken

How refreshing, how Heineken, to see a well-made, traditional, narrative commercial again. I'm not saying only Heineken has this effect, but the crafted playlet with the unities of time and space observed, proper dialogue and a strong pay-off line is much rarer now. (The current McCain Oven Chips with the deceitful boyfriend is another survivor into the age of special effects, directors' tone poems and other, faster things.)

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How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

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The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
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Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

The aristocrat's eccentric devotion to his pets inspired a generation. But our greatest living nature writer believes his legacy has been quite toxic
Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef gives raw ingredients a lift with his quick marinades

Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

Our chef's marinades are great for weekend barbecuing, but are also a delicious way of injecting flavour into, and breaking the monotony of, weekday meals
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more

Anyone but Argentina – why Brazilians don’t love their neighbours any more

The hosts will be supporting Germany in today's World Cup final, reports Alex Bellos
The Open 2014: Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?

The Open 2014

Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?