What To Do, See & Buy: New York Times' '36 hours'; Light from the Middle East exhibition; Handmade Cocktail Co; Padstow Christmas Festival
Charlie Cooper is Health Correspondent for The Independent, i, and The Independent on Sunday, writing on the NHS, medical advances, and international health. Since joining the papers as an editorial assistant, he has been nominated for young journalist of the year at both the Press Awards and the British Journalism Awards.
Saturday 17 November 2012
For 10 years, the New York Times' '36 hours' travel column has provided fail-safe weekend break solutions. This weighty, cloth-bound compendium of European weekends makes a fine coffee table book-cum-emergency escape planner. Beautifully organised under the eye of former NYT deputy travel editor Barbara Ireland. £24.99, taschen.com
Light from the Middle East is the V&A's fist major photography show from and about the Arab world. Photographers from North Africa to Central Asia have been busy documenting a historic era of rebellion, transition and fear. Until 7 April, vam.ac.uk
This silk crêpe de chine top from Emma Cook is a timely homage to Colin Firth's Bridget Jones's reindeer jumper. Although we're all a little tired of seeing adorable animals peering from the frontal portions of the young and fashion-conscious, the 'Festive Fawn' and tinsel-bearing robins tread a fine line between Christmas chic and Christmas kitsch. Perfect for the office party. £270, net-a-porter.com
The Handmade Cocktail Co have a fine line in weird and often wonderful spirits, all sold in sturdy bottles that could have been salvaged from Hemingway's drinks cabinet. The Antique Manhattan is a pre-mixed blend of recipes from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Pour over ice, strain into a glass, garnish with a maraschino cherry. Stay classy. £49.95, masterofmalt.com
Ever wondered what your favourite album would look like if it were, in fact, a book? Of course you have. Wonder no more, artist Christophe Gowans has produced a series of prints reinventing famous book covers along musical lines. Each print has its own in-joke. New Order's Power, Corruption and Lies as a pocket dictionary, is particularly pleasing. From £30 each, rockpot.co.uk
'Tis the sea-son
Now in its fifth year, the Padstow Christmas Festival is putting the Cornish port on the global foodie map. There's a market, demonstrations from local chef Rick Stein and a Santa's grotto of culinary treats. 7-9 December, padstowchristmasfestival.co.uk
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