Wherever you are in the world and whether you call it a holiday, una vacacione, ferie or une vacance, we just wanted to let you know that we are taking one! From 15th June until the end of August we won’t be publishing new posts. Do delve into our past posts, take time to catch up with those you might have missed and explore areas of 505 you may never have been! And whatever your plans are over the next months, we hope you enjoy some relaxing time with your family and friends. Very best holiday wishes from us all at Platform505. Read more
The importance of dolls in childhood cannot be underestimated; they are the difference between happiness and sorrow, companionship and loneliness. They are where we meet our first ideal and fall in love. Dolls are our first best friends; we groom them, look after them, make clothes for them – we want them to be always wonderful – something we cannot be. Read more
Whenever Sally sees, hears or reads anything about the annual parental torment of Prom Night she thanks whoever is responsible for having made her so old that her daughter had left school before such events became a fixture. Nobody warns you about the agonies of shopping with your teenage daughter. Read more
The press has had a field day recently announcing the latest statistics about the rise in alcohol consumption in middle-class, educated and professional women. Step in Laura Willoughby MBE, ex politician and businesswoman who has successfully started Club Soda offering support to women – and men who want to change their drinking habits. Read more
The holy month of Ramadan is fast approaching and it’s significance is important to understand and respect. As is the need to respect the effects of the heat on the family’s love of exercise, which isn’t so easy in the heat. Read more
“An Evening with Lucian Freud” is Laura-Jane Foley’s intriguing one act play with the instantly recognisable and obviously talented Cressida Bonas playing the protagonist Laura. What follows is the calling up from memory of an extraordinary evening and how it led to Lucian Freud being the subject for Laura’s Cambridge PhD.