• London in Slow Motion

    August 30, 2013


    “From being a place that was all about working and consuming, London has become for me a fascinating kaleidoscope of stories, ideas and possibilities.”

    We talk to Rosie Oliver, creator of Dotmaker Tours, which aim to show you London in ways you’ve never seen it before…

    Tell us a bit about Dotmaker Tours?

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    Going Green in the City: Imaginative Urban Gardening

    August 5, 2013

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    ‘Even the smallest space can be utilised to make the world a little greener’

    Living greenly in a large city can be something of a battle, especially when garden space comes at a premium, but when many believe that remaining in touch with nature is not only necessary for health but...

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    Truth and Beauty Lies in Tea: The Chinese Tea Ceremony

    by  • July 17, 2013

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    Think of China and images of high-rise buildings, high-speed trains, expansive highways and quickly advancing technology might spring to mind, but behind all this lust for speed is a culture underpinned by quieter traditions and ancient rituals. The Chinese attitude and approach to tea is a prominent example of this. The Chinese...

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    Drawing on Inspiration

    by  • June 16, 2013


    Build a gentle drawing habit to appreciate life’s small joys…Michael Nobbs discovers the powers of creativity…

    Drawing has made my life a little better. Maybe it can make yours a little better too.
    Back at the end of the 1990s I was diagnosed with ME/CFS and was forced to stop what...

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    Slow Travel Across America: Part 1 – CrossCountry

    May 29, 2013

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    Route (main stops): Chicago – Omaha – Denver – Salt Lake City – Reno – Sacramento – San Francisco.

    Time zones crossed: Central, Mountain and Pacific

    There’s no denying that America is a vast country and the temptation to fly from East coast to West or vice versa is particularly easy to give...

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    Slow Food on the Menu at Petersham Nurseries

    by  • April 21, 2013


    “Slow Food is an international grassroots non-profit organisation bestowing the virtues of the good, clean, and fair life.” – Petersham Nurseries.

    The leafy borough of Richmond is often lauded over for its natural beauty – Richmond Park & Green, the River Thames with its cormorants and herons, the Deer Park and Kew Gardens.…

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    Art Inspired by Nature: an Interview with Oscar Lloveras

    by  • April 3, 2013

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    Oscar Lloveras is best known for his landscape art, outdoor sculptures constructed from natural materials such as wood, leaves, paper and stones. He has studios in Japan and France but has been commissioned to make installation art all over the world.  I caught up with the artist while he was on a...

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    Coastal Foraging

    by  • March 28, 2013

    Rock Samphire - Crithmum maritimum

    After a few balmy, sunshine filled days at the beginning of the month, March has quickly turned cold again, with much of the country wrapped in a blanket of snow. At the moment it feels like we are locked in a battle between Spring and Winter and the tender new...

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    Cupcakes Three Ways by Martha Stewart

    by  • March 24, 2013


    Last 14th February, people from around the world celebrated Valentine’s Day. This celebration began as a church-sanctioned holiday involving St. Valentine. Through the following centuries, it has evolved into an annual occasion where lovers express their affection for each other by giving gifts such as greeting cards, flowers and chocolates.…

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    Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013: Reading Challenge

    March 23, 2013

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    “The list we have ended up with is, we believe, truly representative of that diversity of style, content and provenance, and contains those works which genuinely inspired the most excitement and passion amongst the judges.  I don’t anticipate the job becoming easier at the next stage!” Miranda Richardson, Chair of...

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