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Re: Tweeting. Making a # of it @ Twitter.

May 13, 2010

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It seems that the importance of social networking passes many of us by. I know plenty of people who are either incapable of understanding the complexities of it, or despise it with a passion reserved for the killers of their first born. A friend of mine, who runs his own very successful communications business, is […]

Con-Dem Nation. The state of British politics.

May 13, 2010

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So we enter into a historic era in British politics. I’ve tried to keep my political views off this blog, mainly because I didn’t think the way I choose to vote has any relevance to how I review a hotel or wrote a feature. However, with such a huge change in the political landscape, how […]

Blowup – Antonioni’s seminal 60s film is no let down.

May 9, 2010

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Blowup (1966) is Michelangelo Antonioni’s first English language feature and is arguably his most famous film. Inspired by Julio Cortazar’s 1959 short story, Las Babas del Diablo and set firmly in the Swinging Sixties, it centres around the day in the life of a fashion photographer, who, as he takes photographs in a otherwise peaceful park, […]

Mixing up the medicine at Villiers Terrace

May 9, 2010

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Crouch End is seen by many Londoners as an island suburb, separated from the rest of the city by the lack of a Tube station. How do they live, cut off from civilisation like that? Well, the truth is that the lack of a Tube helps to preserve the laid back atmosphere of this North […]

Askew views – Alan Fletcher’s Art of Looking Sideways

May 8, 2010

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Where to start with The Art of Looking Sideways? Well, the answer is pretty much anywhere. A compilation of thoughts, ideas and observations from legendary graphic designer Alan Fletcher, this is not a book that requires reading from start to finish, more of  a lucky dip which you can open at random to discover something new […]

The Elrod House

May 6, 2010

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Without doubt, John Lautner was one of the Twentieth Century’s most gifted architects. Apprenticed to Frank Lloyd Wright in his early years, Lautner learned much from his mentor, as is evidenced by some of the architectural flourishes incorporated in many of his homes. Lautner was passionate about the relationship between the natural environment and the […]

Penn inc.

May 6, 2010

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Irving Penn is rightly considered one of the greatest portrait photographers of our time, so it is only fitting that a major exhibition of his work should be on display at The National Portrait Gallery in London. This exhibition, brought together from major international collections and which includes over 120 silver and platinum prints, ranges from his […]

Erró message.

May 6, 2010

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Collage is an interesting art form. It’s not always highly regarded by critics, although there are some fine exponents of the medium out there. As an example, currently on display at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, is a collection of works by the Icelandic artist, Erró, spanning some 50 years using the medium. Erro uses […]

No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to drive – The history of the Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5.

May 2, 2010

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The Aston Martin DB5. Possibly the most recognised car in the world, thanks to one less-than-careful previous owner, namely James Bond, oo7. In the novel Goldfinger, Ian Fleming gave Bond the Aston Martin DB Mk III to temporarily replace his usual Bentley, which he takes from the Secret Intelligence Service’s car pool. Bond chooses between […]

Presidential Suite – The Whitehouse, Devon.

May 2, 2010

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When one thinks of luxurious boutique hotels, Devon rarely springs to mind as the setting. However, tucked away in the aptly named village of Chillington, lies one of England’s best-kept secrets: The Whitehouse Hotel. The Whitehouse is a little oasis of luxury hidden in Devon’s beautiful countryside, mere minutes from some of Britain’s most impressive […]