Shazia's week
By Shazia Mirza - 18 December 9:44

Liza Minnelli jiving like a panther on Ecstasy and Obama condoms - some bits of history can't be mis

Practically perfect
By Annalisa Barbieri - 18 December 9:44

Hello. Last year I peaked early and by the time Christmas came round, I was over it. Not that you can, of course, be over Christ's birthday, but the commercial part of it - well, I was numb to fairy lights and mince pies come 25 December.

Alchemy for beginners
By Robert Irwin - 04 December 9:39

<strong>Mercurius: the Marriage of Heaven and Hell</strong>

Patrick Harpur <em>Squeeze Press, 512

Darkness at noon
By Veronica Horwell - 04 December 9:39

I met a knot of Goths at night, posing through Smithfield Market on the Day of the Dead, youngsters whose artifice and formality was too much for this world: all dressed up and nowhere grave enough to go. Few crypts could have lived up to their aspirations.

A knotty problem
By Annalisa Barbieri - 27 November 9:45

If a tie is a politician's sartorial semaphore, Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling are clearly in a t

An American suicide
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 27 November 9:45

There was no subject about which David Foster Wallace could not write brilliantly, from politics to

Scotland's Simon Cowell?
By Anonymous - 25 November 15:55

I've been portrayed as some kind of godawful combination of Elizabeth Bathory, Simon Cowell and Bird

Korres Wild Rose Mask
By Annalisa Barbieri - 25 November 11:41

An excellent facemask which is thick and satisfyingly white and opaque

Natura Bisse Inhibit-Tensolift
By Annalisa Barbieri - 25 November 11:40

It's not cheap but this product gets a big thumbs up from Annalisa Barbieri - all except the pump ac

Tribes of clutter
By ibeautyrei7 - 20 November 9:30

A new study of contemporary Londoners' possessions and the values they attach to them reveals a shif

If the suit fits . . .
By Alyssa McDonald - 20 November 9:30

<strong>Mister Roberts</strong>

<em>Alexei Sayle</em>

Sceptre, 192pp, £12.99

The truth hurts
By Alyssa McDonald - 20 November 9:30

<strong>The Beacon</strong>

<em>Susan Hill</em>

Chatto & Windus, 160pp, £10

Orgies and ecstasy
By Sebastian Horsley - 20 November 9:30

<strong>Swinging: the Games Your Neighbours Play</strong>

Mark Brendon

<em>The Friday Project Lt

Shakespeare’s Globe
By Sebastian Shakespeare - 13 November 9:32

The people, the places, the events

Mountains of the wind
By Simon Worrall - 13 November 9:32

In remote Patagonia, Simon Worrall discovers an elderly woman who has defied all conventions

White Poppies
By Symon Hill - 07 November 17:31

Symon Hill explains why the Quaker belief in pacifism leads him to wear a white poppy.

Quakers for prison reform
By Helen Drewery - 04 November 11:20

Their belief in equality and justice, and a history of being jailed for their faith, have inspired Q

Seeking, not finding
By Ben Dandelion - 03 November 9:34

Ben Dandelion explains how modern day Quakers celebrate their faith through silence and seeking

The clothes nationalist
By Catriona Luke - 30 October 9:16

Gandhi asked the bourgeoisie to burn their French chiffon saris and wool and worsteds from Lancashir

Regrets, I've had a few
By Alyssa McDonald - 30 October 9:16

<strong>The Atmospheric Railway</strong>

Shena Mackay

<em>Jonathan Cape, 432pp, £17.99</em>

In a class of his own
By Brendan O'Neill - 30 October 9:16

Alan Sillitoe rose from abject poverty to become one of our best novelists. At the age of 80, he is

Diwali Greetings
By Manjula Sood - 29 October 13:10

Councillor Manjula Sood is the Lord Mayor of Leicester, where the largest Diwali celebration outside

California's Mormons split over gay vote
By Tom Quinn - 29 October 11:11

A bid to ban gay marriage in California has divided the Mormon Church in two - one side favouring a

Celebrating Diwali
By Divyang Patel - 28 October 14:10

After Diwali on Sunday, student Divyang Patel reflects on what the Hindu festival of lights means to

Manners and the super-rich
By Jonathan Calder - 27 October 12:43

Magnates and oligarchs now spend most of their time on their yachts - hence Roman Abramovich’s stran

Eau du Soir by Sisley
By Annalisa Barbieri - 22 October 12:03

Great perfume - truly hideous bottle. Annalisa Barbieri's forthright road test of key beauty product

All Day All Year by Sisley
By Annalisa Barbieri - 21 October 10:27

If creams are so expensive I have no hope of ever buying them, it makes me nervous. Who wants to fal

Shakespeare's Globe
By Sebastian Shakespeare - 16 October 10:37

If this were an Oscar Wilde story, our future would be foretold in Robert Peston’s follicles

Age shall not wither them
By Stephen Bayley - 09 October 10:29

<strong>Groovy Old Men: a Spotter's Guide</strong>

Nick Baker <em>Icon Books, 232pp, £12.99</em>

Conditions of carriage
By Andrew Martin - 02 October 10:48

Trains are the "mode of the moment". But where's the romance in today's railway journey?