From dust to dust

Quentin Tarantino, Hollywood’s perennial über-brat – but lest us forget, high craftsman of the hyperreal – throws up his “slavery epic” Django Unchained with little of his usual charismatic heft. This sadly...

In her image

On billboards, in the street and on the underground, in television adverts, music videos and from the front covers of newspapers and magazines, before we even get onto the internet, images of lust and sex a...

Heavenly bodies

.Sir Patrick Moore, who passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2012, can claim to have had a fantastically interesting life. Not that he would have, as he was too modest. But on speaking to this hero of popular...

The Art of Writing

Long before characters were created, the ancient Chinese made different knots on ropes in order to record information. But ropes might easily be burnt and information lost, and as life gradually became more...

The artist

Audrey Tautou is one of those rare birds. She is simultaneously one of the most famous actresses of her generation (Amélie is the highest grossing French movie of all time and even managed to break America ...

Losing the plot

Twenty-seven-year old Ned Beauman lives in Brixton, South London. He was the youngest nominee on this year’s Man Booker Prize Longlist with The Teleportation Accident. Only his second novel, this transatlan...

Gods and mortals

Since the invention of photography in the 19th century, photographers have aspired to capture memorable moments in sports and create defining images of young mesomorphs doing great things in athletic events. In...

Yellow Frosted Willow

The actress Anna May Wong achieved global stardom against a back drop of racism, bigotry and sexism. Her considerable self belief and will power would be the only things that maintained her at a time when t...