Tim de Lisle, editor of Intelligent Life magazine, moonlights as a music critic, a feature writer and a cricket pundit. On Twitter every day @IntLifeMag and sporadically @TimdeLisle


RECENT PIECES

Blogging from Glastonbury for Intelligent Life, June 2014
Metallica vs Bryan Ferry bit.ly/1jyGaDr
Lukewarm tea with Lana Dey Rey bit.ly/1jZih83
Elbow and the man I sing bit.ly/1pJm7Gf
Lily Allen: all about the lyrics bit.ly/1nQhd7I

Blogging from Hay for Intelligent Life, May 2014
Laura Bates, fighting sexism with humour bit.ly/1poPm15
Stephen Fry at his best on Shakespeare bit.ly/1m7X3Xh
Jeremy Paxman shows his humble side bit.ly/1olDfVh
The man who built the first iPod bit.ly/1lKl2dP

Roddy Frame's mature masterpiece. Mail on Sunday, May 4
www.timdelisle.com/page57.htm

Notes on a Voice: Alan Bennett. Intelligent Life, May/June
bit.ly/1foP4Hc

Intelligent Tunes: six good songs for your iPod. Intelligent Life, March/April
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Rock'n'real: a profile of Guy Garvey of Elbow. Intelligent Life, January/February
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Bowie returns, a beautiful ruin. Editors' Blog, Intelligent Life, January 8 2013
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Albums of the year 2012: small is beautiful. Mail on Sunday, December 9
www.timdelisle.com/page32.htm

The making of Andy Murray. Editors' Blog, Intelligent Life, September 11 2012
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Debating Facebook at Latitude. Editors' Blog, Intelligent Life, July 18 2012
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The Guardian: a triumph and a crisis at the same time. Intelligent Life, July/August 2012
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A fond farewell to The Word magazine. Editors' Blog, Intelligent Life, June 29 2012
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Murdoch's evidence at Leveson was like one of his own tabloids. The Guardian, April 26 2012
www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/26/rupert-murdoch-evidence-leveson-inquiry

Albums of the year 2011: women rule. Mail on Sunday, December 4
www.timdelisle.com/page8.htm

Kate Bush's new album: not that good, Mail on Sunday, November 20 2011
www.timdelisle.com/page10.htm

Weighing up Warhol, Intelligent Life, November/December 2011
moreintelligentlife.com/blog/tim-de-lisle/weighing-warhol

Spot-fixing doesn't justify life bans, The Times, September 2 2011
www.timdelisle.com/page56.htm

Another bullseye from Arcade Fire, Mail on Sunday, August 1 2011
www.timdelisle.com/page54.htm

What Lady Gaga is good at, Mail on Sunday, June 6 2010
www.timdelisle.com/page55.htm

A fresh listen to the Beatles, Mail on Sunday, September 6 2009
www.timdelisle.com/page51.htm

The 2009 Ashes: raking over each Test - Cricinfo columns
www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/magazine/author.html?author=254;genre=195

King of pop? Not for long - Intelligent Life blog, June 26 2009
www.moreintelligentlife.com/blog/tim-de-lisle/king-pop-only-briefly

Twenty20: better than MCC members think, The Times, June 16 2009
www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article6506141.ece

Dumbing down? On the contrary, The Times, December 4 2008
www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article5282174.ece

Proposing the motion in an Economist debate on wising up, December 2008
www.economist.com/debate/debates/overview/137

Too many draws at Lord's, The Times, July 16 2008
www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article4339777.ece

What big money will do to cricket, The Times, June 13 2008
www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article4123383.ece

England are missing their biffers, Cricinfo, March 18 2008
content-www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/342940.html

Silly money in India, Cricinfo, March 4 2008
content-www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/340911.html

Me and my Prius: Anton Corbijn and others, Guardian, February 29 2008
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/feb/29/energyefficiency.greentech

Let's ban sledging, Cricinfo, January 8 2008
content-uk.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/current/story/329711.html


NEW MAGAZINE
In 2008 I took over as editor of Intelligent Life, the new lifestyle and general-interest quarterly magazine from The Economist. General-interest magazines are few and far between in Britain, so it's a lot of fun. We launched an iPad edition in 2010 and an iPhone edition in 2012, both free. In 2011 Intelligent Life went to six issues a year, and started running as a quarterly insert inside The Economist in North America and parts of Asia. Every issue appears on news-stands in Britain, Europe and Canada, and the contents are posted gradually, along with fresh material every day, at our website, www.moreintelligentlife.com

Short cuts to some good pieces from the magazine:
Bright old things - life after 90
www.moreintelligentlife.com/story/bright-old-things

Papa was an ice-cream maker
www.moreintelligentlife.com/story/my-life-in-24-flavours

How to rent a lighthouse
www.moreintelligentlife.com/story/out-there

LATEST REVIEWS
Meanwhile I'm still writing a rock column for the Mail on Sunday...

U2 and Springsteen live: set v sweat
www.timdelisle.com/page36.htm

Tina Turner at 69: she's still got it
www.timdelisle.com/page24.htm

The early sound of 2009: women with synths
www.timdelisle.com/page50.htm

Old master: Leonard Cohen's live comeback
www.timdelisle.com/page39.htm

Coldplay and the end of the generation gap
www.timdelisle.com/page29.htm

Madonna's new album: overrated
www.timdelisle.com/page34.htm

Neil Young: still blazing. Plus Goldfrapp's new sound
www.timdelisle.com/page30.htm

Nick Cave: a sleazy triumph
www.timdelisle.com/page10.htm

Duffy: a hot tip and a fine new voice
www.timdelisle.com/page32.htm

Bruce Springsteen: the best of the O2's big gigs in 2007
www.timdelisle.com/page16.htm

Led Zeppelin: the show everyone kept asking about
www.timdelisle.com/page11.htm


NEW BOOK
Young Wisden: a new fan's guide to cricket. The first book for younger fans from sport's oldest publisher, written by Tim de Lisle, updated by Lawrence Booth and beautifully designed by Nigel Davies – published by A&C Black, under licence from John Wisden. It's now a paperback, full colour, recommended price £9.99.

The book has had some generous reviews...
'Wonderful' - The Times
'A cracking idea' - Time Out
'Five stars ... priceless' - Cricinfo
'If you’re a cricket-mad parent and want to get your child as passionate about the game as you are … let Tim de Lisle do the business for you' - Sport magazine
'Four stars ... comprehensive … colourful … confident … superbly designed' - The Wisden Cricketer
'9 and 3/4 out of 10' - Association of Cricket Statisticians


MORE REVIEWS
The Spice Girls live: more to look at than to listen to
www.timdelisle.com/page33.htm

Albums of the year 2007, from Damon Albarn to the Eagles
www.timdelisle.com/page7.htm

Amy Winehouse, Arcade Fire, Kylie ... and Marge Simpson
www.timdelisle.com/page31.htm

The Sex Pistols live: like two different acts
www.timdelisle.com/page3.htm

The Eagles' new album: a feast of slow food
www.timdelisle.com/page38.htm

Radiohead's new album: not just revolutionary, but excellent too
www.timdelisle.com/page22.htm

Bruce Springsteen's Magic: half comfort blanket, half wake-up call. Plus Feist live
www.timdelisle.com/page16.htm

Kanye West's new album: great tunes, shame about the words
www.timdelisle.com/page44.htm

Live Earth: the first global mega-gig with too few dinosaurs
www.timdelisle.com/page36.htm

Another week, another rock reunion: Genesis in Hamburg
www.timdelisle.com/page35.htm

And another: The Police in Vancouver
www.timdelisle.com/page28.htm

Justin Timberlake live: a feast for the eyes, not much for the ears. Plus Natasha Bedingfield's second album
www.timdelisle.com/page45.htm

Bob Dylan and Pete Doherty live: two pleasant surprises
www.timdelisle.com/page25.htm

Art-rock special: Arcade Fire and Bryan Ferry, plus Rufus Wainwright
www.timdelisle.com/page17.htm

An unforgettable voice: Ray LaMontagne in concert and on record
www.timdelisle.com/page32.htm

INTRODUCTION TO THE SITE
Welcome to my website. In fact, congratulations on finding it. It is small and imperfectly formed, and the pictures are hopeless.

The idea is to post up a selection of my writing, past and present. My most regular gig is being the rock critic of The Mail on Sunday, doing pieces like this www.timdelisle.com/page35.htm . I've also done a fair amount for Cricinfo.com, and write occasional general features for The Guardian, like this one:
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/feb/29/energyefficiency.greentech

The Cricinfo column is archived here: content-uk.cricinfo.com/columns/content/story/genre.html?genre=195

I do the odd cricket piece for newspapers, like this feature for the Telegraph Magazine on the Barmy Army - www.timdelisle.com/page20.htm . Or this guide to the leading British newspaper cricket correspondents, for The Independent: news.independent.co.uk/media/article2348012.ece

Or this blog for The Guardian's commentisfree site, wondering whether the England team would do better if they were picked by a public vote: commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/tim_de_lisle/2006/12/post_797.html .

I contribute to The Wisden Cricketer magazine, with pieces like this one looking into what went wrong in the Ashes and how to put it right: www.timdelisle.com/page11.htm

The Guardian features also appear online and show up well on Google ( just remember to put quotes round my name as Google takes a dim view of little words like de). Or use the links below.

The Mail on Sunday column doesn't appear online, so that's what my team of assistants have been concentrating on as they worked round the clock to populate the site. They are also threatening to dig into my old cuttings books and come up with some forgotten gems and downright disasters.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you find something interesting.

Tim
timdelisle62@hotmail.com

A FEW MORE ROCK REVIEWS

Songs of 2006: Gnarls Barkley lead the way
www.timdelisle.com/page6.htm

Albums of 2006: older men, younger women
www.timdelisle.com/page7.htm

George Michael live: much better than you might think
www.timdelisle.com/page37.htm

Madonna's Confessions tour: wrong material, girl
www.timdelisle.com/page49.htm

The Stones in Vienna: life after the coconut tree
www.timdelisle.com/page48.htm

Gnarls Barkley: good, but their backing singer is even better
www.timdelisle.com/page47.htm

A SELECTION OF CRICKET COLUMNS
The seven types of warm-up match
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,23069-2436540,00.html

An A-Z of the English summer of 2006
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13810-2387573,00.html

England's strange predicament: both holders and underdogs
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13810-2360137,00.html

What happens when fans don't care what happens?
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13810-2349579,00.html

Cricket needs to go green
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13810-2338789,00.html

The Hair affair: a chemical over-reaction
content-uk.cricinfo.com/columns/content/story/257382.html

While England get younger, the Aussies are now ancient
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13810-2329323,00.html

Duncan Fletcher's new trick: opening his mind
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13810-2308802,00.html

Predictions: a mug writes
content-uk.cricinfo.com/columns/content/story/255915.html

English cricket's class war is coming to an end
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13810-2299871,00.html

Six uses for an injured superstar
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13810-2290251,00.html

Quite a few people's favourite player: Matthew Hoggard
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13810-2280401,00.html

Let's allow appeals against bad decisions
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13810-2270732,00.html

England's senior players: not playing well, and not even senior
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13810-2260714,00.html

Cricket and rock: a narrowing chasm
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13810-2251476,00.html

England's one-day team: rip it up and start again
content-uk.cricinfo.com/columns/content/story/251543.html

Why instant cricket works, July 2004
www.timdelisle.com/page25.htm

When Grandpa faced Bradman, July 2005
www.timdelisle.com/page26.htm

MORE REVIEWS
Johnny Cash nails it again, plus the promising Regina Spektor
www.timdelisle.com/page46.htm

Robbie Williams live: just being Robbie
www.timdelisle.com/page43.htm

Paul Simon: songs that make you think
www.timdelisle.com/page42.htm

The Pet Shop Boys: thumpy old men
www.timdelisle.com/page41.htm

Grant McLennan, 1958-2006: a short tribute
www.timdelisle.com/page40.htm

Springsteen on top form (twice)
www.timdelisle.com/page16.htm

Life's a beach: Jack Johnson and David Gilmour
www.timdelisle.com/page33.htm

Arctic Monkeys mania: live review, February 2006
www.timdelisle.com/page22.htm
album review, January 2006
www.timdelisle.com/page10.htm

GUARDIAN PIECES
Why Hendrix's Land of My Fathers is irrelevant
arts.guardian.co.uk/filmandmusic/story/0,,1982614,00.html

A birth, a marriage and a death
www.guardian.co.uk/family/story/0,,1932453,00.html

Talking pirates with Hal Willner
arts.guardian.co.uk/features/story/0,,1872307,00.html

In search of the British road song
arts.guardian.co.uk/features/story/0,,1857341,00.html

Family photos: why do we take so many?
www.guardian.co.uk/family/story/0,,1842472,00.html

Meeting Lemony Snicket
www.timdelisle.com/page8.htm

At the death: Harry Thompson's cricket memoir
books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/biography/0,,1799372,00.html

The magic of the gig ticket
arts.guardian.co.uk/filmandmusic/story/0,,1787518,00.html

A quick guide to World Cup tat
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1774832,00.html

The great rock'n'roll royalties riddle
arts.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1776415,00.html

Second choices that turned out rather well
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1767904,00.html

The great Blue Peter badge scandal
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1740947,00.html

The book that will get you to heaven, apparently
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1736402,00.html

What does it mean when the Government tells the BBC to be entertaining?
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1731766,00.html

Wembley: the strange tale of a tower, an arch, and a young man from the tobacco kiosk
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1730238,00.html

Sexagenarian rock'n'roll
arts.guardian.co.uk/features/story/0,,1724366,00.html

My son the pensioner: meeting the 90-something mums
www.guardian.co.uk/family/story/0,,1716951,00.html

The Cabinet's big decision: Jag or Prius?
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1714235,00.html

Talking voices with Tom Baker
www.guardian.co.uk/arts/news/story/0,,1699201,00.html

Vicars of the world, unite
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1693415,00.html

Flat-screen TV: great, but where do you put it?
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1690633,00.html

Leicester primary school up for a web award
education.guardian.co.uk/schools/comment/story/0,,1688784,00.html

Well-dressed ram in beer ad ban
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1684488,00.html

Lost without it? The sat-nav craze
www.guardian.co.uk/transport/Story/0,2763,1671785,00.html

The BBC trailer sunk by people power
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1666885,00.html

Madonna’s British debut: Norman Cook was there
www.guardian.co.uk/arts/features/story/0,,1648663,00.html