As the temperatures dip, the birds need our help. We round-up the most innovative (and occasionally bonkers) feeders and houses for our feathered friends
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Tuesday 18 January 2011
Margaret Nimmo started nursing at 17, which was possible in Scotland in 1941, and became a leading nurse administrator, creating new structures when nursing was establishing its own administrative identity, no longer under, but parallel with, doctors. She also became a collector of modern art and, although tone-deaf herself, pioneered a series of charity fund-raising concerts.
Friday 07 January 2011
A work by French artist Paul Gauguin painted in tribute to his friend Vincent Van Gogh could fetch £10 million at auction next month.
Wednesday 29 December 2010
In a now legendary 1980 BBC radio broadcast about modern art, the cultural historian Robert Hughes coined a brilliant phrase – “the shock of the new” – to describe the artforms that began to erupt from Europe and Russia at the end of the 19th century.
Tuesday 14 December 2010
Editors: you name them, we’ve got them. Not just the top one, who writes the witty letter in i every day; we’ve got deputy editors, assistant editors, executive editors, section editors, production editors, and a dozen more derivations ranging in senility and seniority (and far be it from me to suggest a link between the two).
Monday 18 October 2010
Only two days after Ai Weiwei's installation opened, Tate Modern took the decision to restrict access to it. The installation consists of 100 million ceramic models of sunflower seeds, ten centimetres deep.
Thursday 07 October 2010
A Roman helmet unearthed found in a Cumbrian field by a metal detector enthusiast sold for £2.3 million today - almost eight times the estimated price.
Friday 24 September 2010
Wednesday 01 September 2010
A film featuring racy sex scenes, the sinking of the Titanic and portrayals of Marcel Duchamp, Jackson Pollock and James Joyce might be dismissed as too far-fetched by Hollywood standards.
Tuesday 31 August 2010
Sunday 29 August 2010
Usually there's only one place to look in the Sistine Chapel: up, at Michelangelo's stunning ceiling depicting the Creation.
Saturday 21 August 2010
Wednesday 11 August 2010
They're such a bunch of killjoys over at EMI. For weeks now YouTube has featured a video spoofing the Jay-Z and Alicia Keys track. Newport State of Mind sees the original lyrics replaced with a tribute to all things Welsh. It's been a huge hit online, but search for it today and all you'll find is this message: "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by EMI Music Publishing Ltd". EMI is no doubt in the right, but where's its sense of fun?
Friday 30 July 2010
Books: I only read books which are factual. At the moment, I'm reading 'Stumbling on Happiness' by Daniel Gilbert. I'm half-way through it. It's about how to measure happiness. Really, it's a sociology book. My Dad's half Greek and I've been reading a lot about Greek mythology. Greek mythology is so rich in ideas, especially about morality – which can inspire my work.
Saturday 24 July 2010
Edna May Healey and her husband Denis, one-time Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer, together built one of the great British political marriages of the second half of the 20th century. During their 65 years of marriage they successfully navigated the political rapids, especially during particularly turbulent economic times when they saw little of each other for months on end.
Saturday 26 June 2010
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
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- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign