Cygnus (The Swan)

Cygnus (The Swan)

Back in El Valle Lecrin for my summer sojourn in southern Spain at 36 degrees North where I can observe better the nearer equatorial constellations and stars eg. Scorpio and Sagittarius. However even here, although they’re very clear by eye, I am in a valley and the heat rising off...

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Construction drawings at the RA Summer Exhibition

Construction drawings at the RA Summer Exhibition

For the first time in 249 years, construction drawings are the focus of this year’s architecture room at the Royal Academy of Arts’ summer exhibition, which this year is curated by British architect, Farshid Moussavi. The annual London exhibition is one of the biggest events in the UK’s art and design calendar, and...

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Can global reefs take the heat?

Can global reefs take the heat?

Scientists have declared the Great Barrier Reef past saving after Australia’s Research Council found 8,000km of fresh damage this year. Back-to-back severe bleaching events revealed by aerial imaging in 2016 and 2017 left the coral little chance to recover and two thirds of the reef remains badly damaged. This phenomenon...

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Polo in the Park at Hurlingham, courtesy of Chestertons: a sparkling summer cocktail

Polo in the Park at Hurlingham, courtesy of Chestertons: a sparkling summer cocktail

Ingredients: A three-day event, 10,000 beautiful people on the day; lashings of Pimms; The month of June. A lot of bubbly; lots of shopping opportunities; bars and dining galore; an early hot, summer sun; some of the finest riders and polo ponies on offer. Dress: gorgeous; it’s suddenly summer, so...

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From the back seat – part 41

From the back seat – part 41

There was always a very friendly bunch of organisers at the circuits, particularly the ones further north. People like Rex Foster at Oulton Park in Cheshire, Dean Delamont and Basil Tye from the RAC, always made one feel welcome, and dad was very good at introducing his two boys to...

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Alternative Truths

Alternative Truths

Unless you’ve just returned from a few months on a desert island without a radio or internet device, you must have caught at least a few snatches of the new American soap that’s gobbling up the ratings in Britain. This drama is less sophisticated than the West Wing or the...

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Fin De Siècle

Fin De Siècle

By Max Feldman In its simplest definition, “Fin De Siècle” refers to the end of a century, yet at the end of the 19th century in Britain, the term did not just refer to a set of dates, but rather a whole set of artistic, moral, and social concerns. To...

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#SteveJobsMustFall

#SteveJobsMustFall

Hi Steve You swiped left on life nearly 5 years ago now. Or, from your perspective, at iOS 4.3.5; which was pretty much the iRon-age to today’s iOS 10.3. You’d be so proud how the defining feature of you’re the latest system is pushing the boundaries of emotional articulacy: So,...

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Air pollution and Architecture (Smog-eating façades)

Air pollution and Architecture (Smog-eating façades)

London breached its legal limits for toxic air for the entire year in the first five days of 2017. Readings showed that air at locations in the capital were worse than the notoriously smoggy Beijing, hitting a peak 197 micrograms per cubic metre for particulate matter on the Air Quality...

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The Royal College of Music: Providing world-class music in the heart of London

The Royal College of Music: Providing world-class music in the heart of London

Editor-in-chief, Kate Hawthorne, holds an exclusive interview with Director of the Royal College of Music, Professor Colin Lawson CBE for KCW Today.  Ludwig Van Beethoven claimed that ‘Music is a higher revelation than wisdom and philosophy in their totality’. Many would agree but the practice of translating this essence and Art...

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