Journal

20 Years of Mary Quant

10th November 1964: Clothes designer Mary Quant, one of the leading lights of the British fashion scene in the 1960’s, having her hair cut by another fashion icon, hairdresser Vidal Sassoon. (Photo by Ronald Dumont/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

I popped into the V&A yesterday in eager anticipation of the groovy, fab and far out fashion at the new Mary Quant exhibition which opened in London last week. Okay, I’m done with the hip vocabulary now.Mary Quant traces the personal and social history of the iconic designer from 1955 to 1975. Set over two floors, make sure you allow a couple of hours browsing if you want to immerse yourself.

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Surviving or Thriving

A new exhibition on ‘Plants and Us’

Four eyes, a rare photo of me wearing my specs!

All life depends on plants. I’ll say that again. All of life, and that means human life, depends on the survival of plants, and 25% are currently under threat, according to the Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst at a preview of a new exhibition.

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Exhibition review

The Many Faces of Tudor England, Mary Rose, Portsmouth

The Many Faces of Tudor England at the Mary Rose museum, Portsmouth opened today. The preview was 8am this morning and followed the Channel 4 documentary Skeletons of the Mary Rose: New Evidence part of the award-winning Secret Histories series, which aired last evening. 10 months in the making, it reveals new information, the result of unique, cutting-edge scientific DNA and genealogical investigation. It turns out the crew of Henry VIII’s favourite warship, Mary Rose, was multi-cultural which the programme makers claim ‘redefines what we thought we knew about Tudor England’.

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Staying in a Landmark building

I recently spent some time in the historic city of Bath in the UK. The whole city is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is built from the distinctive Bath Stone which positively glows on a dark winter’s day in England.

Bath’s Georgian architecture @hastagtravelin [image credit Beata Cosgrove Photography]
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Exploring the East End

The East End of London is a fascinating area with a rich history, lively food community and some gorgeous architecture. I recently joined Eating Europe for a food tour, seven courses of ‘English food’ from fish & chips to afternoon tea.

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24 hours in Chichester

Breakfast at Carluccios because they serve the best coffee. Forget the fluffy stuff, this is  dark and velvety. Ask for a little cream to drizzle over, pure indulgence along with a sweetly bitter almond macaroon. There’s also a little shopping area for stocking up on a few Italian treats.

Classic Focaccia with olives and oil – credit Carluccios
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