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Brace yourself for seven days of Super Tuscans
By Nina Caplan - 17 April 16:07

An enoteca in Spitalfields, east London, will be selling a different Tuscan red by the glass each day, with dishes to match.

Stay classy: Wake up London’s Vanessa Bafoe
Capital punishment: the launch of London Live
By Rachel Cooke - 17 April 15:39

There can’t be a human being alive who would willingly sit through most of the new station’s original output.

Puff piece: solo piping at the Highland Games in Dunoon. Photo: Getty
Better with the sound turned low: BBC Radio Orkney’s Pipeline
By Antonia Quirke - 17 April 14:48

Highlights from day one of the Northern Meeting solo bagpipe competition. 

A still from World of Darkness.
Why it sucks that there are so few vampire videogames
By Phil Hartup - 17 April 14:22

With the cancellation of World of Darkness, the chances of a second good vampire game seem small.

James Dean. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
James Dean and the birth of modern masculinity
By India Ross - 17 April 14:05

A life mesmerisingly truncated, James Dean left behind only three films, and the gaping absence of the career that might have been.

Easel does it: Matisse at home in Nice, 1948. Photo: Time & Life/Getty
Henri Matisse: the hand that takes you for a ride
By Craig Raine - 17 April 13:00

When he started “drawing with scissors”, Matisse found a whole new way to overthrow the habitual.

The cultural riches online are seemingly infinite - will they be there forever? Photogragh: Erik Söderström on Flickr via Creative Commons
What’s the rush? Why the internet means we never get round to doing anything
By Oliver Farry - 17 April 12:53

Speed is of the essence in the online world but faced with the Aladdin’s cave of cultural riches, one’s response is invariably one of sluggishness, of planning for a putative future that will never come.

In the Frame: Easter in Isolationist England
By Tom Humberstone - 17 April 10:22

Tom Humberstone's weekly comic.

The Anointing of David by Paolo Veronese
Poets and madmen: the art of Paolo Veronese
By Michael Prodger - 17 April 10:00

The Renaissance painter abhorred an empty canvas. Did his crowded scenes lack spiritual depth – or is it time to take a closer look?

The man in the papier mâché head
By Stuart Maconie - 17 April 10:00

Stuart Maconie recalls the “real” Frank Sidebottom.

Forster is an elusive presence in Galgut's fiction. Photo: Cecil Beaton/Conde Nast/Archive/Corbis
A web of race and class: Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut
By Hannah Rosefield - 17 April 10:00

Most of the writer’s novels are set in modern South Africa; this life of E M Forster is an unlikely change of direction.

This modest man: Oakeshott, pictured at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, 1933. Photo: Getty
Michael Oakeshott, conservative thinker who went beyond politics
By Jesse Norman - 17 April 10:00

An unassuming figure little known in life but hailed after his death as “perhaps the most original political philosopher of this century”.

Kooky horror show: Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes in Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel
What’s the secret to a long and happy relationship? Disagree about everything
By Tracey Thorn - 17 April 10:00

My friend Emma worships Wes Anderson; I can’t stand him – so we were looking forward to a good row after The Grand Budapest Hotel

Sajid Javid arriving at No 10 after being appointed as Culture Secretary. Photo: Getty
Sajid Javid and the left, the “extermination” of grammar schools and Pamuk in Oxford
By Jason Cowley - 16 April 13:00

The response of some Labour MPs to Javid’s promotion was idiotic.

Christina Hendricks as Joan and Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men. Photo: ©Lionsgate
The final series of Mad Men: how to end a golden age TV show
By India Ross - 16 April 12:06

However it ends, the climax of Mad Men will be perhaps television's most influential ending.