Gentleman’s Fashion: Our Dandy Visits the Beach

There’s something about being abroad that seems to inspire an Englishman to ideas and gems he couldn’t have imagined had he stayed at home, and allows an otherwise cool demeanour to slip into something a little more comfortable. Take for example the light-bulb moment for Freddie ‘Suicide’ McEvoy in the...

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Crossrail will venture into Hertfordshire

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced proposals to extend Crossrail to Hertfordshire, cutting the journey time from London by up to 16 minutes. The plans would also present an opportunity to redevelop Euston Station. This, says Mr McLoughlin, would take pressure off the busiest station in London which will already...

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The tale of a Chelsea duck

A wild mallard duck has been laying eggs on my fifth story roof terrace in Chelsea for the last four years. As I write, she is sitting on her second batch of the year in a planter of lavender perched precariously over a steep drop. Did you know that the...

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Bricks and Brickbats

A Folly too far What was the Serpentine Gallery thinking of when it commissioned Chilean architect Smiljan Radic to design this summer’s pavilion? The ‘shock of the new’ has worked wonders for the Turner Prize over the years even if the poor artist whose name was hijacked to give it...

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