William Cook

England’s hooligan days are over

22 June 2024 9:00 am

In downtown Düsseldorf, a district known as ‘the longest bar in the world’, hordes of happy England fans belted out…

The real story of Bauhaus and the Nazis

19 May 2024 4:00 pm

Here in Weimar, the cultural and spiritual capital of the Bundesrepublik, a brave group of curators and academics are challenging…

Meet Hillingdon Man, Britain’s unhappiest chap

4 May 2024 9:00 am

It’s official. I live in the unhappiest place in Britain. Who says so? My neighbours here in Hillingdon, that’s who.…

You can’t cancel Picasso

11 November 2023 5:30 pm

In the sunlit courtyard of the Picasso Museum in Málaga, Bernard Ruiz-Picasso is telling me about his grandfather, the greatest…

How the British intelligentsia fell out of love with Germany

19 August 2023 9:00 am

The love affair between Britain and Germany is over

A guide to Basel’s artistic delights

16 June 2023 3:57 am

Standing on the quayside beside the River Rhine, gazing at the happy teenagers swimming in the dark water down below,…

The rise and fall of bohemia

2 April 2023 5:00 pm

In the Kunsthalle Praha, a smart new gallery in Prague, a Scottish professor from UCLA called Russell Ferguson is trying…

Dresden’s Rumpelstiltskin and the strange tale of European porcelain

29 January 2023 10:00 pm

Strolling along Dresden’s Brühlsche Terrasse, an elegant promenade above the River Elbe known as ‘the balcony of Europe’, the wartime…

How Dickens invented Christmas

18 December 2022 5:30 pm

Time was, the Christmas shopping season used to last a week or two. Now it drags on for months. Never…

Why Germany shouldn’t cancel Bismarck

11 December 2022 6:30 pm

What’s in a name? On the face of it, the Bismarck-Zimmer in Berlin’s Foreign Ministry building looks like just another…

What will be the legacy of the Qatar World Cup?

20 November 2022 6:00 pm

In the glitzy Fifa museum, in squeaky-clean downtown Zurich, there is a new exhibition which sums up the upbeat, inclusive…

Why the Baltics fear Russia

3 September 2022 4:00 pm

In the historic heart of Riga, Latvia’s lively capital, there is a building that reveals why the Baltic States remain…

The halcyon days of Anglo-German relations

6 August 2022 5:00 pm

In Brenners, Germany’s grandest grand hotel, in Baden-Baden, Germany’s smartest spa town, there’s a corner of a foreign drawing room…

How to read Ulysses

27 June 2022 1:00 am

In the labyrinthine basement studio of Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, Irish actor Barry McGovern is doing something that would be inconceivable…

The timeless mystery of Charlie Chaplin

5 June 2022 5:15 pm

Eleven years ago, I was summoned to the Manoir de Ban, a huge white house overlooking Lake Geneva, to meet…

The very American heroism of Todd Beamer

12 September 2021 8:15 am

Twenty years ago today, on the morning of 11 September 2001, 32-year-old Todd Beamer boarded a United Airlines flight at Newark,…

The Vienna attack is a bitter blow for Sebastian Kurz

3 November 2020 11:50 pm

With Austria’s latest Covid lockdown due to begin at midnight, Viennese citizens were enjoying a final night of freedom. And…

Never a dull sentence: the journalism of Harry Perry Robinson

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Is Boris Johnson a fan of Harry Perry Robinson? If he isn’t, he really ought to be. Reading this absorbing…

Online chess is the ultimate lockdown sport

4 July 2020 9:00 am

How have you been filling these listless homebound hours we’ve been given by the government? I’ve been frittering them away…

This crisis could be the catalyst for a golden age of British theatre

13 June 2020 9:00 am

The coronavirus crisis offers theatre a golden opportunity to break free of the structures that have held it back for years, says William Cook

Germans can laugh at Fawlty Towers, so why can't Brits?

13 June 2020 12:05 am

Now UKTV (owned by the BBC) has removed the classic ‘Germans’ episode of Fawlty Towers from its playlist, this sorry…

I’m walking round Britain – in my back garden

11 April 2020 9:00 am

What’s the best way to keep in shape during the lockdown? That’s the First World problem I’ve been using to…

Welder, banjo player, comedian, actor, and now artist – Billy Connolly interviewed

11 April 2020 9:00 am

William Cook talks to Billy Connolly – welder, banjo player, comedian, actor, and now artist – about growing up in Glasgow, ditching the mike stand and living with Parkinson’s

Isolation forces us to work out what really matters

28 March 2020 9:00 am

In tough times, people often discover their dauntlessness

Is there any better place for an EU-subsidised arts festival than Galway?

7 March 2020 9:00 am

I was still digesting my delicious breakfast (kippers, poached eggs and soda bread — all local) when the sad news…