Florence for free

From Michelangelo to Giotto, the exquisite art in one of the world’s most beautiful cities costs nothing – if you know where to look. Our writer goes on a church crawl. 20 September 2012 Late afternoon in Florence and suddenly the sky veers from luminous...

Inside the mind of Danny Boyle

27 July 2012The rumours about Danny Boyle started swirling around in the summer of 2010. He was going to be involved with the opening ceremony of London 2012; he was going to be advising fellow director Stephen Daldry; he was actually going to direct the ceremony. I...

Richard Hawley on beating drugs and bullies

Bullied at school, addicted to drugs, washed up by Britpop — Hawley is now one of our most celebrated singer-songwritersJuly 14 2012As the lights go down in the Bouffes du Nord, a dilapidated 18th-century theatre in a bleak, unloved area behind Gare du Nord in...