Collectors’ Choice

Collectors’ Choice

According to the nineteenth century English Philosopher John Stuart Mill “All desirable things… are desirable, either for the pleasure inherent in themselves, or as a means to the promotion of pleasure.” And currently evermore it seems in the London Auction Houses. Browse through some of the enticing catalogues and it’s...

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Faith & grammar schools get green light

Faith & grammar schools get green light

The government has announced that grammar schools will be given the chance to make thousands of new places for pupils as part of a trimmed down expansion scheme. Grammar schools are controversial since they select pupils based on there results of the 11-plus given to 10 and 11-year olds. This,...

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Down South in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh

Down South in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh

I have been coming to India for over sixty years. I first came, aged five, by boat on the SS Chusan, a wonderful P&O liner, en route to Hong Kong where my father was working. India had been independent for merely seven or eight years. We docked at what was...

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A history of hyperrealism

A history of hyperrealism

Whilst art has always been something of a battlefield of competing ideologies, the 21st century art world has been notably in the thrall of an increasingly abstract and conceptual drift. Regardless of the inherent artistic value of the kind of conceptual works that have haiku sized titles and require a...

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May the Force be with you…

May the Force be with you…

After the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) issued a warning last year that policing in England and Wales was in a “potentially perilous state”, a career in the Force has never looked so daunting: an 8% rise in crime, a budget to be slashed by £325 million, and a decline...

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