After endless criticism over its aesthetic, its durability and even its accessibility for the disabled,Santiago Calatrava faces legal action as a result of alleged deficiencies in the construction
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Friday 25 March 2011
From the hieroglyphics of Aztec Mexico to the red stripe of London's Central Line, maps are merely idealised representations of the world; some maps have served as instruments of intimidation and control. The first surveys of the Scottish Highlands, notoriously, were done to facilitate the crushing of rebel clans in the wake of the Jacobite uprising of 1745. Two centuries later, Nazi map-makers redrew Europe's frontiers in the shadow of the swastika, with an emphasis on "Jew free" areas of conquest.
Sunday 06 March 2011
Saturday 26 February 2011
Friday 25 February 2011
Monday 31 January 2011
Johnny Depp has splashed out on an £8.5 million home in Venice after falling in love with the city during filming last year.
Saturday 11 December 2010
Saturday 04 December 2010
First holiday memory?
Monday 15 November 2010
It won't be lost on many Italians that la dolce vita in Italy has turned rather sour when even The Grand Hotel in Rimini is, for the first time in its history, preparing to shut for the winter.
Sunday 24 October 2010
Monday 18 October 2010
Friday 08 October 2010
The early part of the 18th century saw a demand from mainly aristocratic English travellers for Venetian view paintings.
Wednesday 06 October 2010
The mayor of Venice yesterday condemned the "stupidity and incompetence" of international critics who say he has allowed a rash of billboard advertisements to "grotesquely deface" one of the world's most beautiful cities.
Sunday 12 September 2010
Sunday 12 September 2010
Saturday 11 September 2010
Polpo, the no-reservations Italian tapas bar that opened in Soho a year ago, has been a big success. The dark, slightly dingy bar area always seems to be crammed with sneerily trendy chaps and amazingly pretty girls from the Regent Street shops and magazine HQs, even though the wine list is tiny and the food rather routine. It's so achingly on-trend that my eldest daughter asked to be taken there for her 23rd birthday.
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