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In search of England

If you’re looking to holiday “at home” in England this summer, as many are doing because of Brexit and terrorism, think about York! Not only is it one of the most English-feeling cities I’ve stayed in, but this city has many layers of history and a laidback attitude that Londoners lack, and is now my 2nd favourite city in England after London. Whereas previous places I’ve stayed in have been good for transport connections but were themselves unexciting, York ticks both boxes and more. Continue reading

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It’s been a month since I left The Pigeonhole, a digital publishing start-up, so for Throwback Thursday I’m going to recount my unexpected moments there:

  • Stroking a taxidermied pigeon.
  • Setting a lunch trend.
  • Encountering questionable websites in my media list research.
  • Trying to concentrate with a dog’s head heating up my lap.
  • Arguing over Brexit with everyone but the dog.
  • Receiving a photo of a newborn baby in an email.
  • Eating “the best falafel in London”.
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Best in class

Flat Iron webpage

The Flat Iron made its way onto my list of “places to eat” easily. The restaurant was recommended to me by my Dad – who over the course of his brief stay now knows better places to eat in London than me – via a Chinese website promoting the best value London eats, and in reviews closer to home it ranks among the top places to eat for steak-lovers in London. A fine reputation among both local and foreign diners was all it took, plus a special occasion to justify yet another dining-out night. Continue reading

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Sponsored Comments: Can Genius Build the Next Big Ad Platform?

“You’re not supposed to build your house on someone else’s land. But if you build houses on everyone’s land, that could compensate for the lack of control.”

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David Bourdon

Art critic David Bourdon’s description of the wrapping and unwrapping concept behind the art of the married couple Christo & Jeanne-Claude.

“Revelation through concealment.”

More about Christo & Jeanne-Claude: They re-evaluated landscapes all around the world and were a truly international duo: Christo was born in Bulgaria, Jeanne-Claude in Morocco; they met in Paris; and they made New York City their home. Jeanne-Claude died in 2008 and is survived by Christo, whose latest work is Floating Piers on Lake Iseo in Italy. Here’s a “true story” about the French sculptor Auguste Rodin that Christo told The Daily Telegraph last Saturday to offer a parallel to his art:

“The French sculptor Rodin had a commission to do the figure of Balzac, In the first version, Balzac was totally naked – big belly, skinny legs and many details. And what he did, Rodin, he took the cape of Balzac, put it in liquid plaster, and shrouded the figure – basically, highlighted the principle proportions of Balzac.”