From garrulous, gangrenous Jeffrey Bernard to stovepipe-hatted Sebastian Horsley, Soho’s decadents and dandies have proven an entertaining if somewhat trying tribe. Many were far less interesting than their own egos would have them believe, as you’ll know if you ever visited Soho’s notorious Colony Room, a bear pit of strawberry-nosed drunks bellowing witlessly at one another.
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Tuesday 11 December 2012
Men off-camera threw boxes of seagulls and pigeons in her face
Sunday 02 December 2012
The trouble with Alfred: genius, visionary ... creep
Sunday 25 November 2012
She was a prolific author, but her fame rests on a single novel. The only daughter of a French barrister and an English feminist, Marie Belloc Lowndes (1868-1947) was the sister of Hilaire Belloc, the granddaughter of the painter Jean-Hilaire Belloc, and the great-granddaughter of a famous theologian who invented soda water. She was one of the first to join the Women Writers' Suffrage League, and married a Times journalist. After her husband was left a legacy of £2,000 she had the financial security to risk a writing career, and began pouring out novels, essays, plays and memoirs at a rate of one a year, (I tally her total output at around 72 volumes but there may have been more).
Saturday 03 November 2012
Not all of these 14 gems are masterpieces but at least three of them are: Rear Window, Psycho and, best of all, Vertigo, Hitchcock's finest and most unsettling achievement, in which the portly auteur twisted clean-cut James Stewart into an obsessive lunatic.
Friday 17 August 2012
Upstairs Downstairs actress Keeley Hawes is to lead the cast of a BBC remake of Alfred Hitchcock classic The Lady Vanishes.
Saturday 11 August 2012
Thursday 02 August 2012
Ah yes, the master of suspense
Sunday 29 July 2012
An ecological fable ... padded out with industrial levels of filler
Saturday 28 July 2012
Monday 09 July 2012
Why bother creating new characters when you can tell the stories of Hollywood greats? Geoffrey MacNab looks at the films cashing in on our obsession with fame
Saturday 05 May 2012
Tuesday 17 April 2012
Of the Nordic crime writers currently holding readers’ attention in an unbreakable grip, Håkan Nesser is comfortably the most anglocentric.
Saturday 07 April 2012
Where once stood Marilyn, now stands Delia, in a Norwich City scarf. HG Wells has been ousted by JK Rowling, Marlene Dietrich bumped by Kate Moss. As for John, George and Ringo – they're nowhere to be seen.
Friday 06 April 2012
Music: Recently I've been listening to a record with Ella Fitzgerald on one side and Billie Holiday on the other side, and lots of music by Ahmad Jamal. I'm really into old jazz; I find it quite relaxing. It stems from when I was about 14 years old and getting into hip-hop producing. I used to listen to short little tunes that came from samples. So I still find jazz a big influence on the whole process of discovery in my work.
Monday 02 April 2012
As J M Barrie's ghost story Mary Rose comes to the stage, Paul Taylor explores how his arrested development added to his powers
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
- 1 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 2 Licence fee: What is the BBC charge – and how will the changes affect you?
- 3 This is what the photographer has to say about the picture of a weasel riding a woodpecker
- 4 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 5 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for