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Newlyn School, Two Temple Place

Two Temple Place

6th April 2013
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Passersby might be intrigued by the gilded weather vane of Columbus’s caravel, the Santa Maria, that sits atop this beautiful building – I was one of them – but opportunities to discover more about it are limited as, for most of the year, Two Temple Place is closed to the public. So it’s worth keeping…

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Wool

18th March 2013

18 March 2013 This wonderful material, in all its guises, is celebrated at ‘Wool House’ until 24 March. The curator of Campaign for Wool, Arabella McNie, invited some of the world’s finest designers to the West Wing of Somerset House to create a series of rooms that reveal the beauty and versatility of this timeless material,…

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Krakow Schindler Factory

Krakow

13th March 2013
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The German army marched into Kraków on 6 September 1939. By November, all Jews over the age of 12 were commanded to wear armbands. This was the beginning of the occupier’s segregation of the population.

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Giorgio Morandi at the Estorick

25th January 2013
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24 January 2013 The craft of etching ‘What you can do with a line…’ I overheard one visitor comment to her friend. That’s quite an understatement. Morandi’s s exquisite attention to detail gives ordinary subjects a visual importance and value. Simple household items – bottles, jars and vases – seem to reverberate with life, even…

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Unpackaged

16th December 2012
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Saturday, December 15, 2012 It was a shame that Unpackaged had to leave its little premises in the Old Dairy in Islington, but here in Hackney, we’re delighted – on so many counts. The Unpackaged ‘mission’ is to reduce the crazy amounts of packaging in the world, and it does exactly what it says on…

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Oh! What A Lovely War

14th December 2012
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The Cecil Beaton: Theatre of War exhibition is on at London’s Imperial War Museum until 1 January 2013.  Once it finishes, the entire museum closes for six months while it is redeveloped. In the summer of 2014 – 90 years after the beginning of the First World War – the museum will reveal a new…

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The 10 best things to do on the island of Capri

13th November 2012
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Capri is a mere half-hour’s ferry or hydrofoil ride away from Naples. This beautiful island is synonymous with stars, style and impossible glamour but, away from the central Piazzetta, it’s also a place of stunning natural beauty and calm. Charles Dickens once wrote ‘In no place on earth are there so many opportunities for delicious…

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Venice – Lights, camera, action…

23rd October 2012
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Playing host to the oldest film festival in the world, La Biennale, Venice is used to seeing stars, but the city itself has played a starring role in some of the world’s most famous films. The magnificent palazzi and churches rising up out of  watery ‘streets’, the narrow alleyways that echo with the city’s long…

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Doorways Porto

Ten things to do in Porto

24th September 2012
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Portugal’s second city offers endless possibilities. Here for a weekend break? Check out my top ten things to do in Porto. 1. Hostel or hotel? Budget usually dictates whether you choose a hotel or a hostel, but if you’d never considered ‘roughing it’, you might think about it in Porto. Some of the hostels here…

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Rimini

10th September 2012
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  On 31 October 2013, Rimini celebrated the anniversary of the death of one of its most famous sons, Federico Fellini. Film director Fellini created such masterpieces as La Dolce Vita (winner of the Palme d’Or in 1960), and 8½ (listed by Sight & Sound as the 10th-greatest film of all time). In 2012 I visited Rimini…

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