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
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
Sometimes, having a night in is the perfect solution for recharging and reconnecting after a hectic work week. Staying home doesn’t have to be any less exciting than if you were to go out though. You can have just as good of a time staying home, and with a few of these tips, you can save some money doing so! Read more
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.
An expat parent in Singapore told me last week that the “Tiger Mother” culture is now so strong that Government posters have recently appeared on advertising boards at the side of the roads announcing: ‘PLEASE ALLOW YOUR CHILD TO PLAY FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS EACH DAY’. 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.
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.
Overwhelmingly romantic fiction is read by women (90 per cent. of romantic fiction readers are women). It is also a genre which tends to be viewed with a degree of contempt by those who are not readers so, in my experience, it also tends to be fiction which is read, if not exactly in secret, certainly unobtrusively. Read more
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 am waiting at a bus stop, perched on an uncomfortable slatted bench affair that is steeply angled to deter overnight sleepers. It has almost deterred me, but after standing for 10 minutes I have decided to rest, however uncomfortable it might be. 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
- 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
- Russia’s Legislative Maze – The State Duma
- Making The Most Of Your Night In
- Chocolat Chocolat
- Should You Be A Tiger Mother?
- The Primacy Of Painting – Paul Jenkins, Adrian Ghenie and Bartholomew Beal
- Can You Really Get Boys To Love Reading? YES!
- Is Romantic Fiction Women’s Guilty Secret?
- Travel Health Solutions With Homeopathy
- The World As Overheard At A Bus Stop
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I was pregnant with my son when my family learned about cohousing. While my midwife measured my belly and listened for the baby’s heart beat, she would tell us about her home: Pleasant Hill Cohousing, an intentional community in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her children ran around the community safely, twice weekly she had meals with her neighbors, they made decisions together using consensus, and resources (like babysitting and petsitting!) were shared. Read more
The wait is nearly over. Vicky returns to her consultant to hear the results of the recent scans – will the cancer have spread to her lungs or not? Read more
The end of term is nigh, exams are over, sports day is over and many teachers are left wondering how best to occupy their pupils before the school breaks-up. At this point in the term many parents might be considering taking their children out of school during term-time in order to have a cheaper Summer holiday. Read more
In the name of research, Lisa has put together a list of the latest and greatest solutions to achieve that perfect tan, ranging from Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster, to Stila Stay All Day Bronzing Powder or The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil. Or how about trying The Harley Medical Group Rejuvenating Self Tanning Lotion or Lauren’s Way Darker Than Dark Self Tan Bronzing Mousse. Read more
Gazpacho is so delicious at this time of the year and is so easy to prepare. And if, like me, you have a glut of tomatoes in your greenhouse, this is a marvellous way of using them up. There are many variations on the theme and Read more