Art & Architecture

Morocco

8th February 2015
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Casablanca  Or Dar El Beida in Arabic, means  ‘white house’ – a reference to the low-rise white-painted buildings that cover the landscape. But it’s a much-changed landscape today. The biggest city in Morocco is the busiest port in North Africa, a techno city decorated with hoardings advertising Samsung, Galaxy, Zara and Uniqlo… Markets in Morocco…

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Duomo Milan

Milan

8th February 2015
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Milan’s EXPO Set to be the biggest ever, the theme is ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’. With 140 participating countries, it will be the biggest event on nutrition in the world. Here are some facts: 1 million square metres: the site will be equivalent in size to the 8th largest city in Italy 250,000:…

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Sir John Soane Museum

24th August 2014
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A neo-classical architect married an heiress, bought a house in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, then another, and another. He knocked them all through and filled every inch of space with his extensive collection of architectural fragments, sculptures and paintings. He lost three of his sons, fell out with the last one, and left the lot to…

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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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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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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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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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