Liz Anderson


Farewell, Speccie

So we are all going to have to pay for fatties to have stomach bands and bypasses, are we? It…


From egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, to butterfly

South Kensington is teeming with butterflies at the moment, or at least the specially constructed tropical enclosure at the Natural…

‘Study of Reclining Knights’ by Edward Burne-Jones; ‘Smell of Plums’ by Chiara Fersini

All the fun of the fair

The Works on Paper annual fair runs from 6 to 9 February at the Science Museum. Its name is a…


The man who transformed houses

Alec Cobbe is a designer, painter, musician, picture restorer and collector, and has recently donated drawings, photographs and other archives…


The Discerning Eye show is full of great art pieces. I know because I chose them

If you want to buy a picture or a piece of sculpture and have lots of money or not very…


Pearls: if you’ve got ’em, wear ’em

‘Women spend more money on their ears in pearl earrings than on any other part of their person.’ So said…


Sculpture trail

William Turnbull died last year. And if his name is not as familiar as those of his friends Giacometti and…

travel narragansett

Millionaires’ playground

Liz Anderson likes the weather in Narragansett Bay


Royal rocks

It’s a smallish dark room but, wow, what a lot of sparklers. There are more than 10,000 diamonds set in…


Road to Mecca

The British Museum’s latest exhibition Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam (until 15 April) sets out to explain the…

The art of collecting

Passion was in the air in the rooms of the Wallace Collection last week — or at least the word…


Me and my spoon

‘We have a spare place at a silver spoon-making workshop. Would you be interested?’ asked the Goldsmiths’ Company. I most certainly was, which was why I turned up (with my pinnie) at the Camberwell workshop of silversmiths Howard Fenn and Steve Wager.


Rock on

In December 1956, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins met at the recording studios of Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. And Million Dollar Quartet, at the Noël Coward Theatre (booking until 1 October), charts this memorable get-together with 90 minutes of rock’n’roll played and sung by a not-exactly lookalike group of four — plus a few extras.


All in the mind

‘All of us have had the experience of confusion or bafflement when we repetitively forget something, do something that (consciously) we absolutely did not want to do or lose something important to us.’ Indeed. ‘Freud took these episodes seriously and showed how these apparently innocent events provide windows into our unconscious minds.’ Ah.

Mixing with prostitutes

Kienholz: The Hoerengracht
Sunley Room, National Gallery, until 21 February 2010

Liz Suggests

A few years ago I was given the Rough Guide to Shakespeare by Andrew Dickson. If you, like me, need…


Liz suggests

Film There’s been a rush of good movies recently — Rachel Getting Married (with Anne Hathaway) and Vicky Cristina Barcelona,…

Liz suggests

Circus Cirque du Soleil has taken a surreal turn with its latest show, Quidam, at the Albert Hall: a headless…


Liz suggests

MUSIC Proms: Get booking now for this two-month season (18 July to 13 September). Highlights include the Berliner Philharmoniker with…

Drawing a blank

Liz Anderson on Stefan Merrill Block's new book

Tea and tranquility

Liz Anderson enjoys the levadas and gardens of Madeira

Property porn

I need help. I’ve got an addiction. It’s reading property magazines and newspaper supplements and watching property programmes on television.