Town and Country

Town and Country

I write this as a countryman but I have a passion for London and usually come up at least once a week to meet friends and see my sons. I lived in Chelsea for twenty years but I have been explicitly told not to write about this as the subject...

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Royal Ascot 2017 – Equine poetry in motion

Royal Ascot 2017 – Equine poetry in motion

Royal Ascot takes place from the 20th to 24th June 2017, featuring six world-class races, the finest fashion and plenty of schmoozing, and of course an appearance from The Queen herself. A poem entitled ‘Royal Ascot; A World Like Nowhere Else’ has been specially commissioned, and written by Henry Birtles...

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Gas prices set to rise as UK’s largest gas storage site confirms its closure

Gas prices set to rise as UK’s largest gas storage site confirms its closure

British utility company Centrica has confirmed its plans to close Rough, the UK’s largest gas storage site beneath the North Sea. Centrica said that it was permanently closing the Rough gas site because it had become unsafe and uneconomic to reopen the faculty, which had previously been temporarily shut over...

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Promising London artist Khadija Saye work is displayed at Tate Britain

Promising London artist Khadija Saye work is displayed at Tate Britain

The work of the promising London artist Khadija Saye, who died in the Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June is being displayed in her memory and all those who lost their lives at the Tate Britain. The 24-year-old artist had just produced her first major body of work and had...

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Parliament Squared

Parliament Squared

We Brits gave the biggest sigh of relief when the Westminster Circus Act aka as the General Election ended at 10pm on 8th June 2017. Of the many mistakes the PM made during this May-hem was a) to call it and b) to call it late allowing eight weeks of...

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Cases of Mumps and Measles on the rise throughout London

Cases of Mumps and Measles on the rise throughout London

There has been a dramatic rise in reported cases of mumps, particularly in teenagers and young adults across London, public health officials warned. Public Health England (PHE), alongside the NHS, are investigating after nearly 450 cases were reported between January 1 and May 30 this year. This is an increase...

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Interview with Landscape Artist Natalia Avdeeva

Interview with Landscape Artist Natalia Avdeeva

Natalia Avdeeva is a familiar face on the streets on Kensington and Chelsea often with a brush in hand. A striking looking Russian artist she spends most of her time outside, painting and drawing Chelsea’s streets, parks, bridges, river and iconic cityscapes. This summer over 150 of her latest works...

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Gatland’s Lions must take the game to All Blacks if they want respect

Gatland’s Lions must take the game to All Blacks if they want respect

The extent to which the Lions are missing one of their true world class stars in Billy Vunipola is becoming more evident in the lead up to the first Test match with New Zealand on June 24. Warren Gatland’s men laboured to an opening tour victory over the New Zealand...

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History of the Royal Albert Hall

History of the Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall is one of the jewels in South Kensington’s crown, having played host to more virtuoso classical fanfares, sweaty feedback driven gigs and the occasional debauched Chelsea Arts Club party than anyone could count without coming down with sympathetic tinnitus. Considering that the Hall are starting to...

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Nicola Sturgeon launches the SNP Manifesto promising a second independence referendum for Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon launches the SNP Manifesto promising a second independence referendum for Scotland

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon has launched the SNP general election manifesto for 2017. Speaking in Perth Concert Hall, Scotland Sturgeon put forward SNP’s plans to “strengthen Scotland against Tories” and “set out a clear plan to end mindless Tory austerity across the UK and invest in public services.”...

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