Notes on…

Is my plant Pinterest-ready?

It started with a cardboard box: discovering the joys of indoor gardening

30 April 2016 9:00 am

A year or so ago, I inherited a cardboard box filled with plants. It was an offshoot from an enormous…

Is this LA?: Dilapidated deco in Downtown

Indoor gardening

28 April 2016 1:00 pm

A year or so ago, I inherited a cardboard box filled with plants. It was an offshoot from an enormous…

Strange fruit: Bosch mixes scripture and folklore

Want your children to love art? Start with Hieronymus Bosch

23 April 2016 9:00 am

If you hope to inspire an appreciation of Renaissance art in your children, look to Hieronymus Bosch. Ideally, your children…

Strange fruit: Bosch mixes scripture and folklore

The delights of Hieronymus Bosch

21 April 2016 1:00 pm

If you hope to inspire an appreciation of Renaissance art in your children, look to Hieronymus Bosch. Ideally, your children…

Pack mentality: it’s amazing what people reveal

My day as a radio tarot reader

16 April 2016 9:00 am

It’s 8.57 on a Friday evening and I’m at home, waiting for an obscure American radio talk show to come…

Pack mentality: it’s amazing what people reveal

Tarot reading

14 April 2016 1:00 pm

It’s 8.57 on a Friday evening and I’m at home, waiting for an obscure American radio talk show to come…

Is this LA?: Dilapidated deco in Downtown

The heart of Los Angeles feels like somewhere else entirely

9 April 2016 9:00 am

There’s a certain kind of Englishman who falls hard for Los Angeles. Men such as Graham Nash, who swapped the…

Is this LA?: Dilapidated deco in Downtown

Downtown Los Angeles

7 April 2016 1:00 pm

There’s a certain kind of Englishman who falls hard for Los Angeles. Men such as Graham Nash, who swapped the…

Unchanging: Florence’s skyline and the Arno

Botticelli’s jokes and the quarrelsome, creative spirit of Florence

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Once, it seems, Sandro Botticelli played a trick on a neighbour. Next door was a weaver who possessed eight looms.…

Rebuilding phase: shipping-container shopping in Christchurch

Florence

31 March 2016 2:00 pm

Once, it seems, Sandro Botticelli played a trick on a neighbour. Next door was a weaver who possessed eight looms.…

A vast stage set: St Petersburg

St Petersburg: now's the right time to visit Russia's rebel city

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Looking across the wide Neva from Vasilyevsky Island, the Palace Embankment shimmers in the river, suspended between water and sky.…

A vast stage set: St Petersburg

St Petersburg

23 March 2016 3:00 pm

Looking across the wide Neva from Vasilyevsky Island, the Palace Embankment shimmers in the river, suspended between water and sky.…

Convivial: the Reading Room

The discreet charm of the London Library

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Some rogue has been writing in my bedside book. A fastidious hand has crossed out misspelled words and written neat…

Convivial: the Reading Room

The London Library

17 March 2016 3:00 pm

Some rogue has been writing in my bedside book. A fastidious hand has crossed out misspelled words and written neat…

Rebuilding phase: shipping-container shopping in Christchurch

Aftershocks and polo ponies in Christchurch, New Zealand

12 March 2016 9:00 am

On my first night in Christchurch, I woke at 3.32 a.m. to what felt like an explosion. My bed was…

Rebuilding phase: shipping-container shopping in Christchurch

New Zealand

10 March 2016 3:00 pm

On my first night in Christchurch, I woke at 3.32 a.m. to what felt like an explosion. My bed was…

High mountains, deep pockets

Courchevel – from pickled cockles to the height of luxury

5 March 2016 9:00 am

The last time I stayed in Courchevel it was in a tatty roadside chalet a long way down the mountain.…

High mountains, deep pockets

Courchevel

3 March 2016 3:00 pm

The last time I stayed in Courchevel it was in a tatty roadside chalet a long way down the mountain.…

Export queen: Sirikit wears Thai silk in Paris, 1960

A silky, air-conditioned introduction to Bangkok

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Last time I went to Thailand, there’d been something of a misunderstanding about accommodation, and my friend and I ended…

Export queen: Sirikit wears Thai silk in Paris, 1960

Bangkok

25 February 2016 3:00 pm

Last time I went to Thailand, there’d been something of a misunderstanding about accommodation, and my friend and I ended…

One scene from a nature documentary after another: the mountains of British Columbia

It took a move away for me to see how beautiful British Columbia really is

20 February 2016 9:00 am

When people hear I’m from rural British Columbia, I know what their reaction will be: rhapsodic. ‘BC’ is their favourite…

One scene from a nature documentary after another: the mountains of British Columbia

British Columbia

18 February 2016 3:00 pm

When people hear I’m from rural British Columbia, I know what their reaction will be: rhapsodic. ‘BC’ is their favourite…

More than a game: James Simpson-Daniel in a Six Nations game at Twickenham, 2003

A former England international on the meaning of the Six Nations

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Back in 1882, exactly 100 years before I was born, the Four Nations rugby competition was formed. It was originally…

More than a game: James Simpson-Daniel in a Six Nations game at Twickenham, 2003

Six Nations rugby

11 February 2016 3:00 pm

Back in 1882, exactly 100 years before I was born, the Four Nations rugby competition was formed. It was originally…

There may never be a better (or cheaper) time to visit South Africa

6 February 2016 9:00 am

There are plenty of places to fly to for winter sun, but only one place that offers five-star hotels for…