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Cherkley Court update

Following on from my recent post about the planning application for a golf course and associated stuff at Cherkley Court, last week the local council approved the planning application (with a large number of conditions). One councillor  suggested that a … Continue reading

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Cherkley Court

For many years, from 1911 until his death, the Canadian-born newspaper magnate Lord Beaverbrook lived on his large country estate in North Downs in Surrey: Cherkley Court. He would have entertained a number of famous guests there, including prime ministers … Continue reading

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Johan Zoffany RA, David Garrick, William Shakespeare and Kitty Clive (and Bushy Park)

My daughter has been home from university over Easter; she is in the closing stages of writing her dissertation Class, Morality & Taste: theatre & society in Eighteenth Century London, and I have had the pleasure of reading through four … Continue reading

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Cornwall and Port Sunlight Part Two (which is not about Cornwall or Port Sunlight at all, really)

Notwithstanding the many attractions of staying in Port Sunlight, we did go further afield. The Clwydian Range is an area I have never been to, and it’s a much underrated part of Wales. The scenery here inspired much of Gerard … Continue reading

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Cornwall and Port Sunlight

Mary Martin held her biennial art exhibition recently, from 29 May to 5 June, in its usual location, St Dominic village hall. I first went to an exhibition of hers about 20 years ago, by chance driving past on the … Continue reading

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Boswell and Johnson’s enjoyable tour marred by irritating annotator

As I mentioned in my last post, reading Michael Innes’s From London Far spurred me on to reread Johnson & Boswell’s Hebridean journals. I had forgotten about Peter Levi’s notes – irritating, sometimes glossing things which don’t need it and … Continue reading

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Putti and Dragons; Sweary Mary and Beowulf; and the Silk Road

I got to UCL too late to join the students on their way to Whitehall to demonstrate against the tuition fee increases, they’d already left; but I still had to squeeze past the vastly increased security presence (although this just … Continue reading

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