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Rebooted Top Gear eyes Asian adventures as new host Chris Evans promises to take the show on the road. But can he win over the critics? Etan Smallman reports
The French grand master of electronic music, Jean-Michel Jarre, plans to return to China with his latest album and an unlikely collaborator, whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Imagine an architectural style that could banish the wave of glass and steel sweeping through London.
A-listers spend up to £100,000 for ostrich-skin bags. But a new investigation reveals the terrible suffering behind them
Illegal ultra-orthodox school that banned English now faces probe
The recent case of an Orthodox Jewish school that went from Ofsted’s very highest ranking to its lowest within one inspection raises uncomfortable questions.
Published in The Forward – February 26, 2016 [Click on image below to view full-size page] There is a New York-based blog called “Hasid or Hipster” that juxtaposes the bushy beards and black hats of Brooklyn’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish population with those of the district’s hipsters and asks readers to guess which is which….
The ultra-Orthodox Jews of Stamford Hill do not take kindly to strangers. So how did one young film-maker gain their trust for his Bafta-nominated short? By ETAN SMALLMAN
A journalist from London who has been nominated for an Oscar for his first film is almost as honoured to have received praise from his documentary’s subject, an internationally revered movie-maker. Adam Benzine, 33, took four years to write, produce and direct Claude Lanzmann: Spectres Of The Shoah, which is competing for the documentary short Academy…
The Snowman author and illustrator, 82, in the studio at his Sussex home
From Oliver Twist to Harry Potter, our most cherished fictional heroes are orphans. So why do we continue to be blind to the real-life ‘superheroes’ in our care systems?
The Archbishop of Canterbury, 59, in the Crypt Chapel at Lambeth Palace Published in the Daily Mail, Weekend magazine – December 12, 2015. (Photos: Mike Lawn) [Click on image below to view full-size page]
Having resurrected one of her most-loved characters for a Christmas ad, children’s author Judith Kerr tells Etan Smallman what will inspire her next work Published in The Sunday Times, News Review – November 29, 2015 [Click on image below to view full-size page] My Haven – Judith Kerr The Mog and Tiger Who…
The journalist Etan Smallman asks whether we should choose talented people over those with good connections. [Click below to view video] For some people it isn’t what they know that counts. Rather, it’s who they know that will secure a job, an internship or a school place. Should we help turn this situation on its…
The founder of Penguin books was difficult, mercurial and as smart as his book jackets, recalls his daughter, Clare Morpurgo, as the imprint turns 80. [Click on image below to view full-size page or read full version below…] Clare Morpurgo seems to have spent her entire life bumping into literary titans. There…
With the world — and its grandmother — on Facebook, London’s high-flyers are finding their cliques elsewhere. Etan Smallman discovers where the super-elite are meeting up online [Click on image below to view full-size page]