Arts, The

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Love songs: on opening and closing doors

It was early 1991 when I met him. I was reeling from a newly broken off relationship, he had returned to his home town....
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Remembering those punks, The Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band that formed in London in 1975. They were responsible for initiating the punk movement in the...
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Piano lessons in my forties

I used to play the piano as a child but stopped at Grade 2 (I think) aged 14 or so. I loved being able...
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The Exhibitionist Hotel – where art meets next generation luxury hotel

The Exhibitionist Hotel certainly lives up to its name. Behind the demure exterior of an 18th century townhouse in South Kensington, there is a...
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Bright old things – @Selfridges celebrate the older creative

I wrote a newspaper column last year entitled 'One hand on the keyboard and one foot in the grave?,' which mooted that older people may not...
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Keith Richards on meeting Mick Jagger for the first time

If you are unfamiliar with the website, Letters of Note, you are in for a treat. I'm feeling that envy for people who are yet...
Message in a bottle

Missing you

This beautiful piece of poetry was written by a wife to her husband after his death. The poem was sealed in a bottle and...
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Ballet classes as an adult beginner at aged 50

The problem here is deciding what is more inspiring; Sarah's foray into her beloved world of ballet at aged 50, or her achingly beautiful drawings of...
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“There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the...

“There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall,” said writer and critic Cyril Connolly in 1938. Although coined by a man, the phrase has...
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On re-visiting Enid Blyton with a politically correct red pen

Once upon a time, there was a lady who wrote enchanting fairy tales which fired the imagination of children all over the world. Her...
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Tattoos: Th-inking it through

When I was a child, tattoos were not looked upon favourably. Along with ankle bracelets and red stockings, inking one's body was not considered...