from the magazine

Cartophilia: more than a pretty picture, this hand-drawn map of the ocean floor changed a way of thinking. Simon Willis explains

A Game, a Gadget and an App: Tom Standage steers a princess through Escher-like puzzles, charges his phone on the move and joins a small but fast-growing community

The modern cowboy has a lot on his plate, including climate change. Ariel Ramchandani stays on a ranch high in the Colorado desert 

Short Read: for her theatre highlight, Isabel Lloyd picks Gillian Anderson as a crumpled Southern belle

Theme of the Week…Scotland

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Gable-end to the Atlantic, the Stromness Museum is packed with the flotsam and jetsam of Orkney’s past. The poet Kathleen Jamie combs through its treasures

The Line of Beauty: a cloth of many moods, as well as colours, tartan is back in fashion. Kassia St Clair unpicks its appeal

A Walk on the Wild Side: For the second in his series of walks, Robert Macfarlane catches a sleeper to the mountains of western Scotland

Going Native: Alex Renton on where to eat chips, drink with Rebus and how to avoid a shallow grave

  • NIGEL SLATER'S FINE INGREDIENTS

    Eat Their Words: Josie Delap relishes a no-nonsense approach to cooking that believes anyone can make something good read more »
  • DIGGING THE DANCING CRANE

    Where the Wild Things Are: for this elegant bird, romance is for life and all its world is a stage. Patrick Morris watches a Japanese icon put on a show read more »
  • SINGULAR POLISH MOMENTS

    The Wine-List Inspector: Poland's first Michelin-starred restaurant offers Tim Atkin a nice glass of Merlot with his spare rib
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  • THE PAINTINGS OF PENZANCE

    Authors on Museums: small and intimate, Penlee House is a gallery in tune with its Cornish setting—and the weather. For Jim Crace, it has even become central to his marriage read more »
  • BORN AGAIN, STILL ON THE CELLO

    Short Read: for his classical music highlight, Michael Church picks a cellist who had to teach himself a second time read more »
  • SOUNDING OUT HEADPHONES

    The Sceptical Shopper: over-priced accessory, or a must for the music lover? Our undercover expert tests Beats and its rivals read more »
  • TIM SMIT'S SEVEN WONDERS

    Dutch-born, English-educated, Tim Smit was an archaeologist and a record producer before moving to Cornwall, restoring the Lost Gardens of Heligan and dreaming up the Eden Project. Now 59, he dislikes flying but still gets to some far-flung places read more »
  • COOL AND COMPOSED IN CITRUS

    Man in a Suit: Julian Wild, a sculptor who “doodles in 3D”, gets a two-piece worth modelling read more »
  • JEAN OF ARK

    Fifty years ago, an ex-naval officer invited two men with mental disabilities to live with him. Now L’Arche has communities all over the world. Maggie Fergusson talks to its founder, Jean Vanier read more »
  • TAKING THE OBLONG VIEW

    Applied Fashion: the time is right, Rebecca Willis believes, for the most useful summer garment of all—a simple rectangle of cloth
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