Fifty years on, Face à l’oeuvre celebrates the Fondation Maeght’s timeless magic. Sue writes about the atmosphere and aura of one of her favourite art spaces in the whole world, an environment created fifty years ago to embrace the art and architecture of the time amid the natural splendour of Provence and blessed by the pure southern light. Read more
The mind-body connection lies at the very heart of the homeopathic approach. Sarah Davison, qualified homeopath, feels that ignoring this mind-body connection is akin to replacing the flashing light bulb indicating your petrol tank is getting low, rather than filling up the tank. Read more
Tizy has been travelling through France and Spain and has been enjoying the brilliant yellow of the sunflower fields in full bloom from about Toulouse up to somewhere around Poitiers. To examine a sunflower in its various stages from bud to open flower is to appreciate an intricate and amazing plant; no surprise that so many artists have chosen to paint them Read more
Following the start of the new series of the Great British Bake-Off, Sally has decided to take on the technical challenge of baking her own sourdough bread, though fortunately for the nation it was to be produced in the privacy of her own kitchen. Read more
Eczema is the skin condition characterised by dry, red, flaky and inflamed skin across the body and face, most commonly seen in children, although it can reoccur in adulthood. Lisa introduces us to the new range Xeracalm from Eau Thermale Avène which has done wonders for her eczema. Read more
With its stellar cast and brilliant script, Skylight, the recent West End David Hare drama revival was destined to be a huge box office success. Stephen Daldry’s direction is brilliant and the audience hangs on every word of the play. Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan, a pairing from heaven, deliver superbly convincing performances and by the close of the play you are emotionally wrung-out. Read more
A few years ago I was invited to present a ten-week lecture series to a subscribing audience and given the open brief it should be ‘about antiques’. After careful consideration, I decided to present a chronological history of some of the main generic elements of the evolution, ownership, use, design and trade of objects over the centuries. Read more
You might have heard that Mr. Putin has banned food imports from the US, the EU, Norway, Canada and Australia. Olga grew up in the USSR in the 1980s. Of course, she doesn’t remember too much, although she does recall enormous lines in all stores, and how it took her family hours to buy Read more
Ever since Sue started using Facebook about 8 years ago, she found herself increasingly defending its use to friends and colleagues. They are terrified about ‘being cloned’, ‘having their identities stolen’, ‘being made to look stupid’, and probably the favourite –’my children won’t let me’! So she has written a few pointers to reassure you and get you started too!
Eve Tibber continues the story of her cohousing endeavour by talking about the difficulties of finding the right site.
Doing something unexpected at fifty-five that even the younger generation find cool – cohousing.
Doing something for myself that is also good for society and the environment – cohousing.
Living ethically, cheaply and for longer (that last one maybe wishful thinking) – cohousing.
It must have been as I chopped the mint to scatter over a bowl of new potatoes this week that the phrase ‘scents of summer’ came to mind. Mint has that fresh, strong smell that excites the senses and stirs the memory into recollections of kitchen times past. I was transported to childhood Sundays when I would be dispatched from the kitchen to fetch enough sprigs of mint to chop for the mint sauce. Read more
There’s been an interesting focus this week on friendship and why certain people become our friends. Geoff and I have speculated about whether new neighbours who have just moved in would become friends or merely acquaintances. Time will tell. How though, Geoff and I asked ourselves, do people become friends in the first place? Read more
Whatever age you embark on a course of Higher Education, I’ll make the assumption that you’re doing it because you really want to? Read more
Having just returned from her own super hot summer vacation, Lisa felt it only fair to share her top tips for creating a flawless, yet heat proof make up look to see you through your own tropical temperatures, whether home, away or summer bride, this look ticks all of the boxes. 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
- The Fondation Maeght At St Paul De Vence
- Mind-Body Connection: Are We Overlooking A Major Cause Of Illness?
- On Contexts – With Sunflowers As My Example
- I Blame My Mother For This Baking Failure
- Eczema – The 411
- Skylight By David Hare
- Swapping Rostrum for Podium – Valuable Lessons Learned!
- The Iron Curtain Twitches As Putin Bans Food Imports From The West
- Facebook For The Terrified
- Cohousing – A Middle-Aged Lady’s Exhilarating Endeavour (2)
- Scents Of Summer
- Friendships Forged Through The Click Of Chemistry
- University Challenge? Five Tips For Embarking On A Degree Whether You’re 17 or 77 (Part 1)
- Heat Proof Make Up
- Platform505′s e-newsletter
This wasn’t how it was supposed to be: single at 55 and looking for ….. Love via internet dating? It was never to be a normal life for Helen Greengrass; she has had her share of knocks but throughout remained resilient & positive and is now happy completing the 55 challenges set her by her closest friends. 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
Just what should you do when the A level results are not what you expected? Let me give you a warning tale and some really helpful hints as to what you should do.
You may never have to face this situation, but you just never know….
How to really enjoy Britain as your holiday destination! It’s a reality for many of us at the moment that flying to a far away destination or even travelling to Europe is just financially out of reach, so the staycation it is. Read more
We live in the Scottish Borders and sadly for the last several years the summers have not been sunny and warm and enjoyable. This year however, following on last year’s good year we are having a superb summer extending the good feeling of the beautiful spring.