From 18th-century caricaturists to Desperate Dan, the art of talking in picture-form has a long and (mostly) distinguished history
King George III
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Friday 30 August 2013
David Cameron is the first PM blocked by the legislature from embarking on a military adventure
Friday 28 June 2013
A revisionist history saves the good name of Redcoat generals – with lessons for today
Thursday 13 June 2013
Ten years ago, Lynne Truss published Eats, Shoots and Leaves: the Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. It was doctrinaire about commas, semi-colons, dashes and other diacritical marks, and it seemed to signal the end of the line for the Grocer’s Apostrophe – you know the kind of thing: “Apple’s and Pear’s 75p a pound!”, “King Edwards Potatoe’s £1.99 a kilo”.
Wednesday 13 March 2013
Did you know the iPhone was almost called the Telepod and other tech-naming near misses...
Friday 11 January 2013
Our peerless pedant reviews the slips from this week's Independent
Tuesday 18 December 2012
The Queen capped her Diamond Jubilee year by becoming the first monarch to attend the Cabinet in more than two centuries.
Monday 23 July 2012
One of the last directors to work with Simon Ward has told of the actor's striking professionalism during “gruelling” performances, despite already suffering from health problems.
Saturday 16 June 2012
Two centuries ago, an affair sparked a Danish Enlightenment. Now a film takes up the amazing story.
Saturday 28 April 2012
Garrick Club, London
Saturday 04 February 2012
It is 60 years since she succeeded to the throne – a reign in which her sense of duty and absolute retention of royal mystique has only deepened her subjects’ affection for her.
Thursday 01 September 2011
"I am here, but I am not all there." So declares the troubled monarch at the centre of Alan Bennett's play. In Christopher Luscombe's production, a wall of empty frames looms over the stage: this royal family is expert in framing itself for public view. But now, someone has forgotten how.
Thursday 07 July 2011
Wednesday 25 May 2011
There must have been a moment or two there where the Duke of Edinburgh had to bite his tongue. Maybe the Queen had had it bitten for him. Maybe she'd asked Barack to bring him as a gift those "fell pony bits and shanks" (this had to be repeated to us hacks three or four times). Maybe he was wearing the bits to stop saying the things he is famous for saying as they showed POTUS and FLOTUS around the displays in the Royal Collection.
Saturday 21 May 2011
The death of the Earl of Onslow this week has robbed the upper house of one of the last of its shameless eccentrics.
Friday 01 April 2011
Though two million pay homage to this fissured symbol every year, the Liberty Bell is little known in this country. If we know it at all, we tend to claim that it was "cast in Whitechapel".
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