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The 'theft' of the Duke of Wellington
In 1812, after his entry into Madrid in the course of the Peninsular War, the victorious Duke of Wellington sat for a portrait by Francisco Goya. It is a penetrating characterisation. The heat of Spain and the weariness of battle are hinted at in a...
The Daily: July 30
Goldfinch novel set for movie production Warner Brothers have acquired the rights to but bestselling novel, Goldfinch, onto the big screen. The novel, by Donna Tartt, tells the tale of a young boy who steals a Dutch painting, Goldfinch by Carel...
The Daily: April 10
Thatcher The Mayor of London has expressed his keen interest in having a statue of the late Baroness Thatcher in the capital; "Her memory will live long after the world has forgotten the grey suits of today's politics". The Defence Secretary Philip...
The Daily: August 6
Prince Charles decorates strawberry tarts whilst on holiday in Scotland Prince Charles has been trying his hand at pastry decorating in a local bakery in Thurso, Scotland, whilst on holiday. Miss MacKenzie, the bakery worker helping the Prince of...
The Daily: May 1
Bob Hoskins dies at the age of 71 Describing himself, the ever humble Hoskins said "I'm a short, fat middle aged man with a broken nose and a bald head". However, despite what he considered to be a man with a "face like a damaged potato", Hoskins made...
A uniquely cinematic experience
Perhaps you have seen it as the backdrop in a major Hollywood movie or maybe as the setting for a picturesque period drama; across the capital landmark building as museums are harnessing the opportunity to provide the perfect location for film crews...
The Daily: January 4
Doctor Who style 'Tardis' set to land outside Kensington Palace While the blue British police box may have earned a reputation as the time-travelling 'Tardis' on science fiction programme Doctor Who, it looks like the humble surveillance box will be...
The Daily: April 4
Traditional British names such as Gertrude and Cecil are under threat of extinction A recent analysis of birth records and research undertaken by has found that a number of once popular British names are under threat. Names such as...
Into the wild
Today, I rode out into the glen. I really love being able to write that sentence. I think how soaringly lucky I am to be able to write that sentence. First of all, I am damn lucky to have a glen on my back doorstep. That is not something everyone has....
The Daily: September 17
Hospitals to undergo tougher inspections The new chief inspector of the Care Quality Commission, Mike Richards, has announced that a more rigorous type of inspection will take place from now on in British hospitals. The aim of the new and improved...
The Daily: July 5
The Abominable Truth: New found DNA shows links to Species of Bear Bryan Sykes, a scientist of genetics, who has spent the majority of his career trying to reveal the truth behind the abominable snowman, has discovered that the yeti is most probably an...
The Daily: July 10
Prince William takes the plunge The Duke of Cambridge took the plunge at an event held by the British Sub-Aqua Club in London yesterday. The event marked the hand over from Prince Charles to the Duke of the position of the presidency of BSAC. Prince...
Sargent: Portraits of artists and Friends
In 1913, Henry James sat for his old friend, John Singer Sargent. The portrait was to celebrate his 70th year and was a gift from the novelist’s friends. Sargent was the obvious choice to all except himself, telling James that he had ‘lost his nerve...
Welcome Home, Audrey
I remember when my mother came to visit my first student flat in London. She was moved and I could not figure out why. Her dreamy eyes were seeing things that I could not see. The high street suddenly awoke images of her own formative years, a little...
Pets in Portraits
VITA SACKVILLE-WEST AND MARTHA John Gay, 1948 Daughter of Lord Sackville and brought up at Knole, one of the largest country houses in England, the writer Vita Sackville-West is better known for her unconventional marriage to the diplomat Sir Harold...
What to do in 2015
25 ANNUAL CLASSICS Crufts 5 to 8 March The Aldeburgh Literary Festival 6 to 8 March Cheltenham Festival 10 to 13 March The Grand National 9 to 11 April Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race 11 April Royal Windsor Horse Show 13 to 17 May RHS Chelsea Flower...
The What, Where, When: 20 July
WHAT: BT Road to 2012: Aiming High A stunning new collection of portraits documenting the preparations for London 2012 including sporting heroes gymnast Beth Tweddle, talented young sprinter Jodie Williams and Jan Matthews, who is responsible for the...
The Daily: January 8
Duke and Duchess to receive charming country house to raise their Royal family In addition to their newly renovated apartment in Kensington Palace, Prince William and his pregnant wife Catherine are expected to be given a new country residence by the...
The Daily: March 25
Carol Vorderman breaks nose in high heels A good pair of heels can make you feel poised, elegant and ready to take on anything, so long as you wear a pair that you can walk in. Carol Vorderman suffered more than a knock to her pride when she tumbled...
Book Reviews: 12 April
OUT NOW LIFE AFTER LIFE by Kate Atkinson (Doubleday, £18.99; offer price, £15.99) Life, for many, is a medley of pure joy mingled with regrets for what might have been, had other choices been made or alternative paths taken. Ursula Todd, the stolid...

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