• As Real as You Can Get 15 Jun 18

    A Few years on from the drawing of that circle, Astley, a riding school owner, hired acrobats, tightrope walkers, jugglers and a clown to fill in the pauses between acts. Eventually the ring was... Read More

  • Treasures Unseen 15 Jun 18

    For centuries, the cavernous chambers concealed high above the nave floor were Westminster’s Abbey’s dark and dirty secret. Intended to replicate the chapels at ground level when built in the... Read More

  • Admire, Be Inspired, and Enjoy 1 Jun 18

    The Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the most respected and successful literary awards in the world. It celebrates the very best full length fiction written by women and is open to any novel... Read More

  • Hitting the High Notes 1 Jun 18

    As career highlights go, this is right up there. I’ve just had an international music star burst into song for me – and me alone – during an interview. Not only was this a private performance of... Read More

  • When Night Falls on City Streets 18 May 18

    What sort of after dark vision of London do you subscribe to? The city-that-never-sleeps version, with its 24-hour supermarkets and secure, reassuring terraces where, whatever the time of night... Read More

  • Farewell Seems to be the Hardest Word 18 May 18

    To label Sir Elton John a national icon is a stretch too far for the man himself: Reginald Dwight. “I won’t have that,” he laughs. “It’s lovely to be appreciated and I think the value of... Read More

  • Where the Heart Is 4 May 18

    What makes a good home? One of Jo Swinney’s favourite anecdotes on the subject is a self-deprecating joke told by TV comedian Russell Howard. Describing the dingy basement flat that was all he could... Read More

  • In a Material World 4 May 18

    Twice a year the charming little giftshop at Pinner’s Heath Robinson Museum receives a new injection of creative energy from three local(ish) artist-makers, invited to showcase and sell their work... Read More

  • Travelling Hopefully 4 May 18

    My top travel tip is to go to the places that the locals go. And Shimla, although one of India’s smallest cities, is is a popular holiday and honeymoon destination for many people. Getting to this... Read More

  • Creating a Splash 20 Apr 18

    “Lidos are to swimming pools as lingerie is to underwear,” said the late environmental campaigner, writer and confirmed outdoor swimmer Roger Deakin, creating an image that perfectly sums up the... Read More

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