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Heirs, spares and chairs: the Fulford family, stars of BBC3's Life is Toff. Photo: BBC Pictures
Inside Tatler, Life is Toff and British TV’s troubling obsession with all things posh
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 24 November 13:01

Call me a lefty conspiracy theorist if you must, but it has not escaped my notice that the trend for posh porn has coincided with the term of the poshest government in living memory.

In the Frame: A Brief Guide to the Non-Apology
By Tom Humberstone - 21 November 11:50

Tom Humberstone's weekly comic.

Jonathan Brugh.
From Orson Welles to What We Do in the Shadows: A brief history of the mockumentary
By Ryan Gilbey - 20 November 17:40

The greatest offerings from the only new film genre to have emerged in the last 50 years.

City remembers: New York mayor Bill de Blasio at the 9/11 memorial. Photo: Getty
It’s New York, it’s almost Christmas and we’re ladies: but we’re not here to shop
By Tracey Thorn - 20 November 16:42

Tracey Thorn’s Off the Record column. 

Hostess cap: Sergeant Dorothy Ellis wearing her WPC uniform outside the Royal Parks Constabulary, 26th June 1978. Photo: Getty
Confessions of a Copper paints a not-so fuzzy picture of the fuzz
By Rachel Cooke - 20 November 16:07

I found it easy to keep my nostalgia in check. Tampering with evidence? Fitting up? Weird comments about “menopausal” shoplifters? No, thanks.

Big chill: Bilginer walks in the bleak landscape of Ceylan's Palme d'Or-winning drama
Cold, cold heart: Winter Sleep is far from a Turkish delight
By Ryan Gilbey - 20 November 16:00

While it is no hardship to gaze upon ravishing images of the landscape as its autumnal glow vanishes under an icy crust, there’s not much to keep the intellect thrumming over the course of 196 minutes.

Rubbernecking: Spitting Image artist Roger Law, subject of a recent Private Passions, pictured in 2000. Photo: Getty
Private Passions favours the gently gently approach
By Antonia Quirke - 20 November 15:49

Antonia Quirke on Radio. 

Image from Venice by Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi (Hardie Grant, £25). Photography: Helen Cathcart
The eastern ghosts that haunt Venetian cuisine
By Felicity Cloake - 20 November 15:48

Once upon a time, the food of Venice was considered the finest in Europe, “specialising in wild boar, peacock, venison, elaborate salads and architectural pastries”.

Mourning in numbers: visitors to the poppies at the Tower of London. Photo: Getty
Will Self: Public mourning is the loyalty oath of the modern British state
By Will Self - 20 November 15:47

The visitors who have filled the precincts of the Tower of London since August have been deeply moved by the great crowd of ceramic poppies planted in its dry moat – but moved by what, exactly?

Central Saint Martins.
Is this the end of the British art school?
By Isabel Sutton - 20 November 15:40

Art schools used to be a place where the socially and intellectually marginal could distinguish themselves. Now, with unattainable entry requirements and a hefty price tag, they’re becoming a dwelling place for commercial interests and the children of the international elite.

The book that flew: A hawk used for pigeon control in St Pancras station. Photo: Getty
Peregrines over Westminster, my bloody great beehive and the Samuel Johnson Prize
By Helen Macdonald - 20 November 10:00

The winner of this year’s Samuel Johnson Prize for her book H is for Hawk chronicles a life-changing week. 

"A metaphor for success and the American Dream": The Apprentice blog series 10, episode 7
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 November 8:50

Candidates hop on a plane to the city that never... invests.

Signs and wonders: Paul Nash's Landscape of the Megaliths, featured in Adam Thorpe's On Silbury Hill. Image: Lauren McLean/V&A Images
Books of the Year: NS friends and contributors choose their favourite reading of 2014
By New Statesman - 19 November 16:32

Including: Hilary Mantel, Rowan Williams, Grayson Perry, Alan Johnson, A S Byatt, Geoff Dyer, Alex Salmond, Kate Fox, William Boyd and Dave Eggers.