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East London Federation of Suffragettes

What about the anti-war effort?

8th August 2014
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East London Federation of Suffragettes Didn’t know that it’s 100 years since the start of the First World War? Unlikely. You can’t move for TV and radio programmes dedicated to it, local talks, ceremonies, commemorations, exhibitions… No, this centenary is something that we are all very much aware of. But what of the anti-war movement?…

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The carnival masks of Venice

Carnival time

17th February 2014
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Much of Italy is celebrating carnival over the next few weeks. Here are details of the most popular: CARNIVAL OF VENICE Venice: 15 Feb – 4 Mar 2014 www.carnevale.venezia.it During the world’s most famous masked “open city “ party, every corner of Venice flourishes with chances to have fun and becomes a multicoloured series of…

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Rome Colosseum

Rome

25th November 2013
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Cinecittà & a cinephile’s introduction to Rome A lifetime spent in the Rome wouldn’t be enough to explore its art, architecture and cultural history. In a weekend, all you can hope for is to get a flavour of what this rich city has to offer. You’ll want to return again, and again… Even for those…

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Lowry at the Tate

L S Lowry: Matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs…

16th October 2013
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‘Now he takes his brush and he waits, outside them factory gates, to paint his…’ That was my introduction to L S Lowry, through the lyrics of flat-capped Brian & Michael on ‘Top of the Pops’ in 1978. To be honest, I haven’t given him much thought since. But as Tate Britain is currently hosting…

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Federico Fellini, Rimini

Living La Dolce Vita

15th October 2013
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A day in Rimini, with Federico Fellini  15 October 2013                 With over 15 kilometres of sandy beach, it’s little wonder that Rimini is one of the most popular resorts in Europe. From June to September much of the beach is covered by serried ranks of coloured umbrellas…

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Sorrento – Land of the Sirens

11th October 2013
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Look beyond the package tours (and there are plenty of them), and Sorrento really has something to offer the modern traveller. You just need to know where to find it… Grand (hotel) tourism Once the leaping off point for every 19th-century traveller’s Grand Tour, Sorrento was as glamorous a destination as any along the Amalfi…

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Courgette flowers

Courgette capers…

8th August 2013
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8 August 2013 My sister Marian, who has lived in Italy for over 30 years, has adopted many Italian ways, not least the dedication to preparing and cooking exquisite food. She thinks nothing of spending an afternoon shredding basil leaves and pounding them, with a pestle and mortar, together with pine nuts, Parmesan and Pecorino…

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The night I gave money to a stranger…

18th July 2013
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18 July 2013 As I walked up the road to Leila’s Café in Shoreditch – a familiar place where I’ve had many a delicious breakfast, almost sharing a table with Keira Knightley once, but I digress  – I mused on the fact that very soon I was going to have dinner with a bunch of…

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Estense Castle, Ferrara

Ferrara

21st April 2013
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The exquisite UNESCO World Heritage site, once home to the d’Este family, is rich with Renaissance art and architecture. And it’s also very easy to walk/cycle around, and there’s plenty more to capture the imagination: ‘In Italy in the 16th century, food was considered as much an art form as music or theatre’. So writes…

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Bees

6th April 2013
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This is my first hive and it’s been a real roller-coaster of a year. On the first decent day we’ve had in months, the bees came out to collect pollen. Following a terrible winter, then a cold and wet spring, I wasn’t sure they’d survived. I’ve had a few bee ‘anxiety’ dreams since I got…

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