My favourite listens of the week

It's been a funny old week - warm enough to go out without a coat, and then back to wintry shivers. Still, we should know better - that old phrase 'cast ne'er a clout 'til May be out' can usually be relied on. Interestingly, it is tempting to think that 'May' refers to the month.…

There are no facts, only interpretations*

I recently took a train from Newcastle in England to Edinburgh in Scotland - a journey lasting about 90 minutes and one which I do regularly.  But this particular trip was marked out by the drama in the carriage in which I had, by happenstance, ended up. It was the 'Quiet Coach'.  Is this a…

“Quiet descended on her, calm, content”*

In 2005, London's fabulous Victoria and Albert Museum held a wonderful exhibition about the Arts and Crafts Movement.  Oh, how sublime it was to waft, Mrs Dalloway-style, through room after room of the most gorgeous jewellery, furniture, textiles and all sorts of other emphemera - why not take a wander through this beautiful online gallery…