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    You can't beat London's museums for a culture fix. So unleash your inner Brian Sewell and check out these must-see Spring exhibitions - featuring Grayson Perry, Hockney and, um, Arnie's Terminator suit.

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    If you have grand designs for your garden this year, check out the striking work of award-winning Oxfordshire sculptor David Harber. I've got my eye on this bronze beauty - isn't she pretty?

  • See this: Bruce Munro at Waddesdon

    Another day, another great event at Waddesdon Manor. Sorry to bang on about Waddesdon so much – it’s my local NT place so I guess I go to it more than others – but the truth is it puts on such an incredible array of special events and extraordinary art that it’s hard not to […]

  • Revamp your garden shed

      I guess fashion designers must get bored with skirt lengths and model fittings and colour forecasting, as increasingly they seem to be branching into other creative areas. Karl Lagerfeld’s photography. Tom Ford’s film making. But I think Eley Kishimoto have really taken the biccy with their collaboration with Cuprinol (yes, you read that right) […]

  • FIRST LOOK: the new John Lewis Christmas ad

    Hot off the viral presses, here’s the new John Lewis Christmas ad. I love it – makes a welcome change from ads with product shots every two seconds and it’s clever and quirky and *sniff* kind of heartwarming too. But that’s just me, what do you think? By the way, if you like the cover of Frankie […]

  • X-Factor Furniture

    Had a great afternoon yesterday at Out of the Dark, a High Wycombe-based charity that helps young people learn a trade, find some self-respect and recycle some damn good furniture while they’re at it. They sell lots of their stuff at the trendy London design fairs as much of their stuff is mid-century, but they […]

  • Business meetings for big kids

    One of the reasons I went freelance after a decade in newspapers and magazines was to escape those deathly management meetings where you’d sit around a large table, pretending to have ‘input’ whilst being bored out of your head, doodling ferociously on your moleskin jotter and wishing you were outside in the sunshine with a gin […]

  • Brutal knitting. Think it will catch on?

    OK, I know I featured knitted coral the other week but these are too brilliant not to show you. You  can’t help but wonder what inspires someone to give over their free time to knitting woollen monster masks.  Tracy Widess, the self-proclaimed ‘Brutal knitter’, has a couple of things I want. Talent, for one. And spare time. […]

  • The Field Cafe, Nettlebed

    When the Little Italy espresso bar opened in Haddenham a few years ago it really transformed the village, immediately making it a much more inclusive place, because the glorious thing about a coffee shop is that everyone can enjoy a brew and a slice of cake, regardless of age or income. I had that kind of heart-warming villagey feeling […]

  • The end of bad manners?

    Never again will you have to remind your children to remember their manners at the dinner table. This brilliant set of 4 white cotton/linen napkins (£35) from designer Imogen Luddy comes in white, with olive or grey embroidery. Now all you have to do is make sure your little darlings can read!

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