Category Archives: Architecture

The Summer House Hampshire + Winter

Off Season So it’s Royal Circle seats at the Glyndebourne performance of Jules Massenet’s Cendrillon (Cinderella). The French composer’s comic opera celebrating the power of fantasy is a blend of colourful characters, generous melodies and sumptuous orchestral textures in bewitchingly … Continue reading

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Christ Church Spitalfields + Lavender’s Blue

A Pale Reflection | Purple Reign | Lavender is Blue  Arments Pie + Mash, St John at Hackney Brewery and smoothie mixing bicycles: favourite things for an inspired party.

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Boutique Hotel Awards +

Quite Simply The Universe’s Most Glamorous Hospitality Awards Gala Dinner  How the great poses? “We do it all the time!”

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Mary Martin London + Irish Fashion

A Pre Raphaelite Reordering

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Strawberry Hill House London + Horace Walpole

The Royal and Imperial Academy’s Study Leave Part I | Crittal Factor | Found Treasures Before the quips of Oscar Wilde there were the quotes of Horace Walpole. Take, “The world is a tragedy to those who feel but a comedy to … Continue reading

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Lissan House Cookstown + Autumn

A Tense Presence The last of the lineage, the late Hazel Dolling née Staples of Lissan House recorded at the beginning of the 21st century, “It is very quiet in the house at night but I know all the creaks. … Continue reading

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Dunbrody House Hotel Wexford + Lord Newborough

Searching for a Title By hook or by crook we will dine at Dunbrody House. Oliver Cromwell, ever the joker in the pack, reputedly quipped he would take Ireland “by Hook or by Crook”. That is, start a-raping and a-pillaging … Continue reading

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Inch Island + Inch Pier + Inch Strand + Inch House Inishowen Donegal

Take a Mile … or several. Driving over the causeway which links Inch Island to the mainland, the mainland being an aqueous bulge of land itself (Inishowen Peninsula), we are faced with one of life’s merrier dilemmas. “Strand 2 kilometres” … Continue reading

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Villa Bleuler + Zürich Lake

Castle Copeland On warm autumnal days, when nature is turning from green to lemon and amber and scarlet, wandering through the leaf strewn gardens on the east and west banks of Zürich Lake is one of life’s finer pleasures. Open … Continue reading

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Zürich + The Doors

Alpine Wood Zürich, where wealth is worn unabashed.

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