For a better view of Low Life, see p61
In love with a landscape, p53
Deborah Ross takes on the Avengers, p50
5 Leading articles 9 Portrait of the Week 11 Diary Antony Jay 12 Politics James Forsyth 13 The Spectator’s Notes 16 Barometer 19 Rod Liddle 24 Ancient and modern 28 Hugo Rifkind 29 Letters 30 Any other business Martin Vander Weyer
James Delingpole is away.
14 The case for Boris Londoners need him more than ever,
and so do the rest of us Fraser Nelson 15 Handshake fatigue On the mayoral campaign trail
Tanya Gold 20 Election night with the Sarkozys How the run-off looks from the first-round party Ian Osborne 22 Wapping vengeance What happens when you cross the Murdochs Tom Bower 24 Never trust a crying man
Even if it’s me Mark Mason 26 Cuba Notebook
Can small businessmen save Castro’s island? John Arlidge
BOOKS & ARTS
Books 34 Sam Leith The Baroness, by Hannah Rothschild 37 Victoria Glendinning Sightlines, by Kathleen Jamie Byron Rogers Running for Their Lives,
by Mark Whitaker 38 Cressida Connolly When I Die, by Philip Gould 40 Zenga Longmore Sweet Revenge, by Tom Bower Philip Hancock ‘Guest Star’: a poem 41 Mark Mason Underground Overground,
by Andrew Martin Bookends Lewis Jones
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the spectator | 28 april 2012 | www.spectator.co.uk Meeting the people, p15
Behind the scenes at the museum, p43
How to navigate the V&A’s design show, p45
Arts 43 William Cook I.M. Pei’s Qatar Museum of Islamic
Art, a discreet masterpiece 44 Olden but golden Charles Spencer 45 Exhibitions British Design 1948–
2012: Innovation in the Modern Age Andrew Lambirth 46 Opera Der Freischütz; Jakob Lenz
Michael Tanner 48 Dance Artifact; La Fille Mal Gardée
Giannandrea Poesio 49 Theatre Written on the Heart; Soul Sister
Lloyd Evans 50 Cinema Avengers Assemble
Deborah Ross 51 Radio Kate Chisholm 52 Television Olivia Glazebrook Culture notes Luke Jessop
Travel 53 Dorset Tilly Ware 56 Devon Jeremy Clarke Cornwall Tremayne Carew Pole Life 61 High life Taki Low life Jeremy Clarke 62 Real life Melissa Kite 63 Wild life Aidan Hartley 64 The turf Robin Oakley Bridge Susanna Gross
And finaly . . . 66 Chess Raymond Keene 67 Competition; Crossword 68 Status anxiety Toby Young Dave Michael Heath 69 The Wiki Man Rory Sutherland Your problems solved Mary Killen 69 Drink Bruce Anderson Mind your language Dot Wordsworth
We’re not using the right words. We don’t mean ‘drought’. What we mean is ‘pisspoor management of the water supply’ Hugo Rifkind, p28
I once read that it’s OK to talk to yourself, but there might be cause for concern if you answer yourself back. I do that all the time Charles Spencer, p44
When I saw movement I assumed my eyes were playing tricks on me and then I saw it was a cheetah. My heart sang, to tell you the truth Aidan Hartley, p63
Tom Bower’s biographical subjects have included Robert Maxwell, Conrad Black, Bernie Ecclestone and, most recently, Simon Cowell. On p. 22, he contemplates Rupert Murdoch.
John Arlidge, whose Cuba Notebook is on p. 26, writes for the Sunday Times in London and Condé Nast in New York.
Victoria Glendinning, who reviews Kathleen Jamie’s essays on p. 37, is working on a life of Sir Stamford Raffles.
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Byron Rogers’s latest book is Me: The Authorised Biography. He reviews a tragicomic tale of athletic achievement on pages 37 and 38.
Mark Mason walked the routes of the London Underground for his book Walk the Lines. He reviews Andrew Martin’s history of the network on p. 41 — and considers men who cry on p. 24.