The continuous ridge of russet, stone-strewn lakeland mountain encircles a valley floor as flat as a paddy field. Lights of farms are beginning to spark and the cries of tawny owls reverberate around the bowl of darkening fells. In the distance, sunset pinks the snow-dusted peak of Glaramara. It is a suitable stage to approach the most notable trees of northern England.
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Thursday 28 July 2011
An arm of the publishing house that owns New Statesman and Press Gazette has signed long-term deal to publish the magazine and newsletter portfolio of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), it was announced yesterday.
Saturday 23 July 2011
Thursday 21 July 2011
A former News of the World assistant editor near the top of a list of people that detectives from the hacking inquiry want to speak to has been found living off the fig tree-lined avenues of Palm Beach, Florida.
Tuesday 12 July 2011
Celebrities have found lots of ways of embarrassing their children with silly names over the years: Buddy Bear, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily, Moon Unit, etc. But David and Victoria Beckham have been the first celebrities to inflict future torment through a number rather than a name. Harper Seven Beckham was born in Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles yesterday. One guess is that the baby girl's middle name was inspired by her father's Manchester United squad number. Will it all work out OK? The character played by Patrick "I am not a number" McGoohan in The Prisoner met an ambiguous end. So if Seven wants to avoid the fate of Six, perhaps deed poll is the answer.
Sunday 03 July 2011
The outdoors is big indoors this season, but it should be a permanent trend: my most calming room is the one painted with a hint of green – a big painting of a palm and trees. Beyond pot plants, what else can add to this feel-good style?
Sunday 26 June 2011
Concrete? I'll have you know that reinforced concrete was invented by a gardener. The gardener in question was a Frenchman, Joseph Monier, who was trying to make the best-ever plant pot. (This isn't the kind of thing that gardeners just happen to know: I read it in a book about inventions I got at the Science Museum.) Gazing at Marseille's Unité, a block of apartments by Le Corbusier, it occurs to me that we have all been labouring under the misapprehension that gardening and concrete don't exactly go together. The truth is that the most brutal building always looks better with a lawn of verdant green. And some palm trees.
Saturday 25 June 2011
Friday 24 June 2011
Sunday 12 June 2011
Saturday 04 June 2011
Forget the property ladder – there are just as serious gains to be made reacquainting ourselves with Britain's woodlands by building a den. Spending a night under the leaves is a fantastic way to get a new perspective on the world.
Monday 23 May 2011
The Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or is a trophy any self-respecting director would want to see alongside an Academy Award on the mantlepiece.
The Governess and Other Stories, By Stefan Zweig, trans. Anthea Bell<br />Mary Stuart, By Stefan Zweig, trans. Eden & Cedar Paul
Friday 20 May 2011
If Selina Hastings's recent biography helped rescue Somerset Maugham from oblivion, Pushkin Press has performed a similar service for Stefan Zweig, another best-selling figure who mysteriously slipped out of fashion. Almost 70 years after this most cosmopolitan of writers committed suicide in exile in Brazil, Pushkin has produced a series of elegant reissues crowned by Anthea Bell's translation of the classic memoir, The World of Yesterday.
Wednesday 11 May 2011
Tuesday 26 April 2011
Police are investigating after human remains were found in a field on farmland on Easter Monday.
Sunday 24 April 2011
Liam Neeson's Downton dreams
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
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Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
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