Green Rooms gets the Green Light

Artists visiting and working in London will soon have affordable living and studio space thanks to the latest venture in artist and entrepreneur Nick Hartwright’s growing portfolio. Green Rooms, set to open in spring 2016, will provide those in the Arts community, who are typically drawn to work in London but can’t afford the ever-increasing…

The Ward Porter

Just imagine, you’re out at the weekend, doing a spot of Christmas shopping in town and you happen across a brand new book.  There it is just sitting on the bus on the seat next to you, or left on the table in a cafe… This is what’s been happening in cities and towns across…

Tequila: The Elixir of Life

If your Tequila of choice is 100 percent pure, blue agave, you can rest assured that a night sipping this most magical product of the cactus-like Central American plant will not result in a hangover the next day. However, tequila fan Alice Lascelles recounts how a recent trip to Mexico left her and fellow traveller Mark…

Trigger Happy

Standing around for hours in the icy countryside, with a cocked gun, a bag of ammunition and an unpredictable dog for company, could make for an existentially challenging weekend. So just why return to the muddy pastures of England every winter in vain pursuit of pheasant, ponders William Sitwell. Midwinter. I’m standing in a field.…

Be Faithful to Your Dreams

Tracey Emin doesn’t do anything by halves. She still parties like its 1999, enjoys all the better things in life, yet remains an immensely important, influential and, above all, prolific artist. Sixteen years after her Turner Prize nomination, Simon Kelner tracks the changes in her life and art, asks how she feels now about her…

Interesting Flowers

I found this beautiful orange bottle in the trashcan at work.  It was once filled with a beautiful jasmine perfume but the sprayer was ripped off and the contents distributed into many little sample vials which people interested in beautiful jasmine fragrances will be able to buy through a perfume website. I stopped into Clementine…

Street Life

Even on holiday, when it comes to eating, Tramshed’s chef director Kevin Gratton can’t resist searching out the richest culinary pickings available.  On a recent visit to South America he ended up ditching formal restaurants entirely in favour of street food and home cooking. My third trip to South America consisted mostly of family stuff,…

Colombia – Bogotá and Beyond

Clearly inspired by people and communities, Tom Ferrie’s photographs encapsulate the essence of a moment, whether it’s an older woman squinting as she casually and somewhat defiantly draws on her cigarette in the afternoon sun or the distant gaze of an army veteran, these portraits tell a story of daily life. Paying meticulous attention to…

What's true?

Songs are mercurial things, their writers’ biographical unburdening acting so readily as cyphers for the experiential and emotional realities of the audience – us – that we take ownership of them, use them as crutches or waymarkers in the narrative journey of our own unfurling lives. Here, singer-songwriter Pete Astor examines the porous border between…