Clementina is 26 years old and when she was competing at the Delhi Commonwealth Games she collapsed and a scan revealed a cancerous tumour. Read more
Florence Parot shares with us some of her advice on getting a good night’s sleep. Sleeping is switching off. It is important to understand how sleep works in order to make sense of those “gaps” during the night when sleep is eluding us. Read more
Another week, another chip in my poor car’s windscreen. This one, like the nasty one it suffered three months ago, is bad enough to require attention from someone who knows about chips, and so I shall have to muster the mental strength and the space in my diary to seek help. Read more
The song ‘Food Glorious Food’ from the musical version of Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist focuses on the power of imagination when it comes to food, especially when one is deprived of it. Read more
I was asked to review these three books with no suggestion that there was any common link between them. However, having read them Read more
Aline Dobbie, our Scottish travel writer, shares her experiences of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, from the excitement of the Opening Ceremony to the amazing triathlon, and from the thrills at the weight lifting event to a press conference with Usain Bolt. Read more
Premiering on Wednesday 3 September at St. James Theatre, Breeders follows the story of Andrea, and her wife Caroline in their quest to have a child. 505 has a pair of tickets for the production to give away. To enter the competition, please ‘like’ our Facebook page and fill in the short survey we have linked to the post. Read more
We Brits don’t get much practice with the hot weather, and if you look around any pub office or High Street on a warm summer’s day you will see people looking uncomfortable in their summer clothes. So here are my top tips for finding easy summer pieces to help you feel comfortable and find your Summer style this year. Read more
A Mother and Chick weekend, riding in the Radnor Hills, just into Wales – something we’ve said for ages we’d do and it seemed to be a case of now or never. It was a tall order: we signed up for a three day trail ride, both of us rusty and with Mother prone to back crock-ness and Chick not really having ridden since being thrown, 13 years ago. Read more
Modern Art of South America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection. Lines, planes and angles rule in the Royal Academy’s stimulating new show. Read more
Recently, on her travels in Essaouira, Morocco, Melanie Wood had an amazing opportunity to chat with Moroccan woman Zhour Sanoussi, about her work. Here’s what she discovered:
There are several lessons that can be learnt if you should ever make the mistake of dropping a mobile phone into water. The first is that it is expensive. The second is that phones should never be in the vicinity of water. This is because they don’t have gills to help them breathe and they can drown. Read more
The ‘Museum of Water’ is situated in a dark passageway underneath the Somerset House piazza. With the Safra Fountains roaring above its ceiling, the alley is dark and its walls are covered in various shades of shiny fungi. The sound of water dripping echoes deep into the dark end of the corridor. Read more
Henrietta Knight gives us her personal book recommendations for her best reads: Me Cheeta, The Autobiography, Harper Collins (2008) by James Lever, Love Nina Despatches from Family Life by Nina Stibbe and The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald. Read more
Platform505 is packed with a wide range of posts from thought-provoking analysis of current affairs to health issues to must-have beauty buys. Our regular Newsletter brings you a synopsis of our week’s posts and advises on what to look out for in the coming week. Each Read more
- A Heartwarming Story About An Athlete Competing At Glasgow Commonwealth Games
- Tired Of Not Sleeping?
- Hot Cars Take My Mind Off Chips
- Why Are We Overeating In Times Of Plenty? Can ‘Food Glorious Food’ Become Addictive?
- Three Books In Which The Setting Is Key – The Skeleton Cupboard, Frog Music And Burial Rites
- The XX Commonwealth Games In Glasgow
- An Opportunity To Win Theatre Tickets To Breeders
- Top Tips For Finding Your Summer Style
- Weddings – So Where Do We Go From Here?
- Radical Geometry At The Royal Academy
- One Moroccan Woman: Her View On Life As The Town Librarian in Essaouira
- Cast Adrift When My Phone Drowns
- Collecting Stories At The Museum Of Water
- By Word Of Mouth – Best Book Recommendations From Henrietta Knight
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We’ve all read the depressing headlines and statistics telling us that a whopping 46% of 16 to 24 year olds don’t read for pleasure (Taking Part 2011/12 Adult and Child Report), whilst according to The Reading Agency, only 40% of England’s 10 year olds have a positive attitude to reading –the figure for Italy is 64% and 58% for Germany.
Are you looking forward to your summer holiday? Are you having visions of soaking up the sun, swimming, balmy nights? Yes, me too. However, I bet what you are not thinking about is jet-lag, sunburn, mosquito bites, treading on sea urchins, jelly-fish stings, or getting a tummy bug. So I’d like to offer you some solutions from homeopathy Read more
I’m not sure anybody had any doubts that Russia would continue to tighten the screws on its people, and sure enough, it has. The State Duma (the Russian parliament) has approved in its second reading a bill that obliges all Russians to report their second citizenship. Read more
For July, painting of the first order takes precedence with outstanding exhibitions in three leading Mayfair galleries. Paul Jenkins at The Redfern Gallery, Adrian Ghenie “Golems” at Pace and Bartholomew Beal “A Heap of Broken Images” at The Fine Art Society Contemporary.
The name of Isabelle Chappell’s shop in Cambridge, Chocolat Chocolat, immediately made me think of Joanne Harris’ novel Chocolat where the heroine Vianne opens a luxuriant chocolate shop in a small French town and one by one the locals fall under the spell of Vianne and her chocolate.