Burri treasures, p40
A very peculiar pet, p55
Arts 39 Niru Ratnam Manipulating the contemporary art market 40 Exhibitions Alberto Burri: Form and Matter
Andrew Lambirth 42 Interview The conductor Charles Hazlewood
Ed Rex 44 Theatre The Madness of George III;
The House of Bernardo Alba Lloyd Evans 45 The Taming of the Shrew
Patrick Carnegy 46 Opera Don Giovanni; Così fan tutte
Michael Tanner 47 Cinema Carnage
Deborah Ross 48 Radio Kate Chisholm 49 Television James Delingpole Culture note Radhika Kapila
Life 53 High life Taki Low life Jeremy Clarke 55 Real life Melissa Kite 56 The turf Robin Oakley Bridge Susanna Gross
And finaly . . . 58 Chess Raymond Keene 59 Competition; Crossword 60Status anxiety Toby Young Dave Michael Heath 61 Sport Roger Alton Your problems solved Mary Killen 61 Drink Bruce Anderson Mind your language Dot Wordsworth
Brendan O’Neill is the author of Can I Recycle My Granny and 39 Other EcoDilemmas, and the editor of the online magazine Spiked.
Thedore Dalrymple’s recent books include Spoilt Rotten: The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality and Litter: How Other People’s Rubbish Shapes Our Lives.
Jonathan Wynne-Jones was the religious affairs and media correspondent of the Sunday Telegraph. He now lives in America.
the spectator | 4 february 2012 | www.spectator.co.uk
My debate against Katie Price was a total victory for tits and telly, and an utter defeat for me. What was I thinking? Rachel Johnson, p11
So many yawns were stifled at the Almeida that the contagion spread across the stalls and triggered a Mexican wave of boredom Lloyd Evans, p44
Drama is unique to the BBC; no other broadcasting service creates and airs so much original theatre Kate Chisholm, p48
Ed Smith is a former Middlesex and England cricketer. He writes for the Times.
Judith Flanders’s Dickens’s London: Everyday Life in the Victorian City will be published by Atlantic Books in the autumn.