Neil D.A. Stewart picks ten of the best, from escapism to studies in common humanity
"When told, drop everything and get the hell out, fast"
Neil D.A. Stewart on palace life in Jaipur
Gaetano Pesce: "Look at Michael Kors! He’s a disaster!"
"On Saturday night the 'Glasgow Fabulous' crowd, who wholeheartedly and touchingly believe their city the fashion and glamour capital of the world, were out in full force"
"A daily menu arrives and makes a point of the kitchen’s Canadian-ness – what the Dickens is that I hear you cry?"
"The cars are a reminder of Cuban ingenuity, and the Cuban ability to stay effortlessly cool in difficult circumstances"
"You might be looking for the spirit of punk on your LES safari, but when that was in evidence, so was omnipresent gunplay"
"'Smart trousers, sir' he says again, this time louder, more forcefully"
"Today, that old 'cradle seat' wouldn’t cut any kind of mustard in J-class"
"I periodically locked gaze with the barman, who was clearly also hoping for some Godzilla-type event to hit the hotel"
"Dinner starts proper with the world's oddest signature dish …"
"The girls had ironed hair that hung lower, it seemed in some cases, than the hems of their dresses"
"Merchant House is, in a hotel landscape that could otherwise be described as 'banal luxury'"
"I spent afternoons staring out the window at planes take off, contemplating my strange new life, living in this non-place"
"To describe it is a horse race is unfair to an event which has elements of rugby, gang warfare and the Tournament of Roses Parade"
"I know I’ve only got an hour of ‘wellbeing’ in me at a time"
"There's a shimmer in the wallpaper that speaks of a more familiar, outré Soho, than secret wartime plotting"
"There are also lots of older couples who sit blankly looking at each other – their honeymoons clearly finished some time ago"
Simon Foxton on his work on John Galliano's debut "men's couture" collection at Maison Margiela
"I’ve always viewed the idea of going on a cruise ship as similar to checking in to jail for a week"
"I had friends who were dying, and I realised, 'I’m writing a soufflé'"
"A tiny lady dislocated my toe in Kerala, a big woman triggered my sciatic nerve in the Gambia, a harpy in Greece told me to get to a doctor immediately as I probably did not have long left"
"I don’t think the Taj Mahal is all that. I don’t know how else to put it …"
"The reason for all this? Almost all air space north of Delhi being closed due to possible imminent war"
"As a design destination, it’s already moving at warp speed"
Neil D.A. Stewart picks out 2018’s greatest new books
"Unrivalled as a host, her death a week afterwards was unreasonably and irrationally upsetting to me: I’d only known her for a few hours"
"No nation makes decadence so de rigueur as the Brazilians, and no one aces resigned hauteur quite like a Paulista"
"Not that long ago, all this would have been the stuff of fantasy, the area's origins lost and gone, strangled by squalor"