Vanessa Thorpe

For Vanessa Thorpe's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Farrow courts controversy with paternity musings

Dec 1, 2013

Farrow courts controversy with paternity musings

For a while, Mia Farrow was a genuine housewife. In a life of bright lights and dark, dark shadows, this must surely count as one of the most unusual periods of them all: a moment of apparent stability and respectability in the late 70s ...

Hitler escape book's authors in plagiarism row

Oct 27, 2013

Hitler escape book's authors in plagiarism row

The notorious claim that Hitler escaped his Berlin bunker to live incognito in Argentina first gained popular currency in 1945, when Stalin spoke of it. Since then the idea has resurfaced occasionally, with alleged photographic and documentary evidence pored over by conspiracy theorists. Now ...

Lord Byron to Russell Brand: timeless appeal of the bad boy

Sep 27, 2013

Lord Byron to Russell Brand: timeless appeal of the bad boy

When the singer Katy Perry spoke recently about her relationship with British comedian Russell Brand, not so long after their whirlwind courtship and immediately after their whirlwind divorce, she refrained from putting the boot in, despite Brand having ended the short marriage by text. ...