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  • Not all Jute, Jam and Journalism 8 Feb 19

    The new V&A Museum of Design, with its strange concrete slats and twisting, truncated structure is drawing people in droves to Dundee’s waterfront on the Firth of Tay in eastern Scotland. But we... Read More

  • The Great Colourist 25 Jan 19

    Pierre Bonnard has been called a lot of names over the years. To some he is the last of the Impressionists, reflecting the way he doggedly carried on working well into the 20th century, right up to... Read More

  • Rum and Revolutions 11 Jan 19

    Arriving at Havana airport, you’re struck at once by some unusual scenes. Waiting at baggage claim, besides the usual throng of passengers lining up to collect suitcases, is an even larger gathering... Read More

  • The Queen of the Big Screen 28 Dec 18

    Despite assumptions, it isn’t always easy being the beautiful girl in Hollywood… particularly when you’re Margot Robbie kind of beautiful. Having made her breakthrough as the tough but... Read More

  • Sons of the Desert 28 Dec 18

    I gather that there are people who don’t like Laurel and Hardy, but I find it hard to understand. How can you not succumb to the sweetness of the pair, their unshakeable optimism and innocence? No... Read More

  • The Best Books of the Last Twelve Months 28 Dec 18

    We review the best Novel category, the best First Novel category, and also take a look at the contenders for the best Children’s Book Award. Read More

  • Play. Explore. Make. 23 Nov 18

    In May and in November Pinner’s Heath Robinson Museum Shop stocks its display cases afresh with work from a new cohort of local(ish) artist-makers, invited to showcase and sell their pieces for... Read More

  • Clinging to the Rails 23 Nov 18

    We awoke early, a gap in the curtains revealing orange streaks breaking out across the sky. Throughout the valley, flickering lights began to soften, with the silhouette of the mountains coming into... Read More

  • As Pretty as a Picture 9 Nov 18

    Part of Essaouira’s charm lies in its manageable size and easy, laid back atmosphere. It’s been on the tourist trail for years, in an idle kind of way, since its 1960s popularity with the likes of... Read More

  • Recapturing an Imagined Medieval Paradise 26 Oct 18

    When he died suddenly at the age of 65 in 1898, the memorial service held for Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones in Westminster Abbey (thanks to the intercession of the Prince of Wales) was the first to... Read More

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