Statute: Winston Churchill

Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill, held by many to be not only one of the greatest British leaders but one of the greatest British citizens of all time.  A multifaceted man who still inspires debate and controversy to this day, he will always be...

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Brian Blessed collapses on stage playing King Lear.

Actor Brian Blessed, perhaps best remembered for his roles in Z-Cars and Flash Gordon, collapsed on stage playing King Lear, then returned 20 minutes later. The 78 year old was delivering the opening lines of the play when he fainted and fell from a raised platform. The Daily Mail’s Quentin Letts reported...

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Artistic publisher TASCHEN announce January sales

Luxury publisher TASCHEN has announced today its warehouse super sale. From January 22nd to 25th there are 50 to 75% discounts available in all TASCHEN stores worldwide. That a minimum of half-price on titles spanning cutting-edge design, photography and unearthed historical treasures.   The London store in Duke of York’s...

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Tomorrow’s World on West Cromwell Road

“Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.” Le Corbusier understood the importance of our everyday relationship with architecture as few others have. Architecture, not only as shelter from the elements, but also as...

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21 things you won’t learn in architecture school

2B or not 2B an Architect 21 Things you won’t Learn in Architecture School By Adrian Dobson, RIBA Publishing, Paperback £19.95 Like the priesthood, architecture is a vocation not a job. Those who think otherwise might best avoid it altogether. The training is long (seven years) and arduous, the pay...

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Brits sweep up at Golden Globes

Last night in Hollywood saw the 73rd Golden Globe Awards. The show was presented by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The big winners of the night were Boyhood and a number of new TV dramas. Pleasingly many significant British productions and talent was recognised and did very well such as;...

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The Planner : Book Review

In fiction, architects are usually heroic figures – think of Howard Roark in Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, played by Gary Cooper in the film; Doug Roberts (Paul Newman) in Towering Inferno; and Will Francis (Jude Law) in Breaking and Entering. True, some are seriously flawed heroes, such as Seth Pecksniff...

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Quadriga – Wellington Arch By Capt. Adrian Jones

  Wellington Arch was originally built in 1825-7 by Decimus Burton as an entrance to Buckingham Palace and, twenty years later, it became, in effect, a very large plinth for a gargantuan, equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington by Matthew Cotes Wyatt, which was totally disproportionate, being a massive...

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The London Classic Car Show 2015

Last night heralded the opening of a must see event in the classic car world. The London Classic Car Show – running until Sunday 11 January at the Excel Centre, Docklands. A star spangled evening entertained visitors with innovative themed events ranging from James Martins Classic Cafe, with the celebrity...

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Brewed Food

  A strap on the front page of a Sunday paper invites you to look inside and see Jamie’s Christmas Recipes. I don’t look inside, at least, not for Jamie’s contribution. How many more new Christmas recipes can anyone need? I ask myself. How many more recipes from Jamie, who...

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