John Lucas finds multiple reasons to recommend this memoir by Gail Holst-Warhaft which is studded through with her own accomplished poetry and also gives a shrewdly observant account of post-war Greek history
If you’re a Londoner with time on your hands, take a trip to Rotherhithe and spend an afternoon immersed in centuries of history.
Bicycles are as close as it gets to the perfect blend of form and function — but that doesn’t stop designers seeking to make them sleeker, faster and funkier. As such, they are ideal subject-matter for the Design Museum in the Belgian city of Ghent, whose Bike to the Future, despite the corny title, is a wide and even subtle exploration of cycling design and its enormous impact.
Rosie Johnston is glad to report on the rediscovery of a ‘missing’ work by Stephen Watts
London Grip presents a small fable for our times – but one that is possibly being shared a decade too late
Rosie Johnston finds that Sarah Salway’s poetic guide to the gardens of Kent is a book to be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors.
What exactly is the essence of Belgium? Far harder to pin down than French chic or English sang-froid, the nation’s uneasy mix of Walloon and Flemish, surreal and down-to-earth, all miraculously held together, is perfectly encapsulated by the Atomium – a giant, futuristic structure on the northern edge of Brussels.
No city is a single place; each one contains others within itself. Some of these divides are obvious – someone who’s lived on the same street for their entire life would struggle to understand the city experienced by a two-day tourist, while a single mother with two jobs might be bewildered by the one […]
Patricia Morris reviews … Garden of the Jaguar: Travel, Plants and People in Chiapas, Mexico by Bernadine Coverley
Clare Doyle explains the “Estival” in “Festivals” In French the word for ‘summery’ is estival. Add the F at the beginning, and you’ve got it all, a time of celebration in the sunshine.
Clare Doyle rediscovers Andy Warhol on a rainy afternoon …