Sicily: Island of Beauty and Conflict

Sicily: Island of Beauty and Conflict

The author opens his book with a quote from Winston Churchill writing about the Balkans, ‘They produce more history than they can consume,’ underlining the problems facing any writer trying to bottle the essence of Sicily. He cites beauty, conflict, civilisation and chaos as being the four ingredients that define...

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A new language: Emojis and social media

A new language: Emojis and social media

If we have an opinion, many of us use Twitter to express it. And, emojis have become a handy way of conveying how we feel in a universally understood way. Between 2013 and 2019, there were 3.7 billion tweets that contained an emoji (or, that contained at least one of...

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The Scent of Spring.

The Scent of Spring.

Young Greta Thunberg made a powerful plea on behalf of Planet Earth in 2019.  Her voice was heard by school children around the whole world.  Governments largely turned deaf ears in spite of overwhelming scientific evidence, bush fires, floods and droughts causing devastation to the lives of millions and billions...

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Maintaining mental health in the age of Coronavirus

Maintaining mental health in the age of Coronavirus

Want better brain health? Make a change in your hobbies, diet and lifestyle The coronavirus pandemic has brought unprecedented changes to the way we live our lives. Humans are highly social beings, but with countries around the world introducing guidelines urging residents to limit their contact with other people, the...

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Trees (in a nut-shell)

Trees (in a nut-shell)

Trees have been growing on our planet for 370 million years, and, not only are they the oldest living organisms, with many being 1,000 years old, and some considerably older, they are also the largest, with some exceeding 100 metres in height, and weighing 1,500 tonnes. An old saying would...

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Message from Lots Road Auction

Message from Lots Road Auction

In response to government advice, we have decided to postpone our Fine & Decorative auction which was due to take place on the 22nd of March. This sale will now be taking place on the 5th April, subject to any further changes. We have taken this decision to both protect...

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From Kyoto to Catwalk: The V&A’s love letter to the kimono 

From Kyoto to Catwalk: The V&A’s love letter to the kimono 

Exceptional fashion exhibits are the V&A’s backbone. Recently, Christian Dior: Designer of dreams, sold out so rapidly that the show was extended for a further seven weeks. Before that, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, a transfer from the New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, was widely seen as a critical success....

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Mango Tree

Mango Tree

46 Grosvenor Pl, Belgravia, London SW1X 7EQ T: 020 7823 1888 www.mangotree.org.uk Nestled in the heart of Belgravia, the Mango Tree restaurant promises a culinary experience that is firmly rooted back in Bangkok. Whether you want to enjoy a romantic dinner or celebrate a special occasion, diners will experience pure...

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Charlie’s at Browns Hotel

Charlie’s at Browns Hotel

Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4BP T: 020 7493 6020 www.roccofortehotels.com Browns is situated just north of Piccadilly on Albemarle St, right in the heart of Mayfair, and an easy stroll to most of the West End and the Theatre district. It’s a moderately busy street, and we were a...

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