1991: The Greatest Year in Music?

I’ve resisted temptation for long enough and decided to join the swelling tide of music enthusiasts looking back at what […]

Top Ten Lists: The Best Actresses of the 2010s.

The following list of the best actresses of the 2010s was always going to be a subjective choice on my […]

On my stereo this week: Gordi, Husky & First Aid Kit.

Gordi – ‘Volcanic’. The idea of making electronic folk music – blending acoustic arrangements with electronic elements – is something […]

History Painting: ‘The Death of Cleopatra’ by Jean-André Rixens, 1874.

Cleopatra is often portrayed as a beautiful Egyptian women who used her own political shrewdness and sexual allure to secure […]

History Painting: ‘The Last Day of Pompeii’ by Karl Bryullov, 1833.

Pompeii and Herculaneum are Roman cities from late antiquity that don’t need any introduction. There has been so much said […]

On my stereo this week: Tori Amos, Cat SFX & Fenne Lily.

Tori Amos – ‘Reindeer King’. There is something always so familiar about Tori Amos that keep me coming back to […]

Interview: Whitney Tai talks about her new album ‘Apogee’.

Los Angeles-based dream pop sensation Whitney Tai invited us all recently to “…find a lawn nearest you, gaze into the […]

Cinemas Greatest Scenes: When Anita Ekberg kisses Jerry Lewis in Hollywood or Bust.

Long before I first really noticed Anita Ekberg through ‘adult eyes’, I saw her in a rerun of Hollywood or Bust (1956) […]

Drinking Tuscany: Chianti Classico and its connection to history.

I have never been to Italy and it is not to say that I will never go, but about six […]

For The Love of Wine: A brief history of South American Wine.

Years ago a good friend of mine presented me with a bottle of Malbec wine imported from Argentina. I looked […]