Author Toby L. White

Managing Editor; renowned for his exotic adventures to far flung places, Larry occasionally sends us a message from his BlackBerry to let us know that he’s lost in terra incognita and can we pay off his library card as he could be away for some time.

Art
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BBC4 is fast becoming my headline TV channel. As a mine for all things cultural,…

Music
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Discerning opera lovers having seen the ROH’s Barber of Seville revival need not wait until…

Tipples
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The Arb office is usually filled with a cacophony of industrious sounds; typewriters tapping, telephones ringing, faxes droning and kettles whistling. But a suspicious package one day brought a veil of silence upon us…

Tipples
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Mark Twain wrote: “Too much of anything is bad, but too much of a good whisky is barely enough.” So what happens when Larry, Jonesy and Stirling are invited to taste a 40-year-old vintage of which only 53 bottles exist worldwide?

Entertainment
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One doesn’t associate classical music with the traditional grass-and-mud rock festival. Surely the two sit at the opposite ends of the musical and cultural spectrum? Due to the efforts of some very clever people, that’s all about to change.

Musings
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With The Hobbit about to grace our screens, Toby White muses on his encounter with Bilbo Baggins himself – the affable Martin Freeman – and reveals that sometimes reality can turn into an uncomfortable comedy…

Entertainment
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Natalie Cole and her seven-piece band arrived in London for her only UK performance this year, on a worldwide tour celebrating a lifetime in the music business that began at the age of six where she debuted on her father’s Christmas album.

What sort of venue could possibly be appropriate for the nine-time Grammy award-winning singer and daughter of the legendary Nat King Cole? We sent Lawrence to a roundabout at the southern end of Westminster Bridge to find out.

Travel
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I’m standing on Bondi Beach, it’s a balmy 73 degrees and I’m freezing. It may…

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