Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Britain

 

Charles Rennie Mackintosh created something from nothing: his designs were totally new, and totally modern, and they came to define a progressive “Glasgow style” a century ago.



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Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Explore the world of Scotland’s most famous architect

Charles Rennie Mackintosh created something from nothing: his designs were totally new, and totally modern, and they came to define a progressive “Glasgow style” a century ago. Whether it was furniture, rooms or whole buildings, Mackintosh had a flair for mixing minimalism with images inspired by nature. And, as well as being a prolific designer and architect, he was an accomplished painter and sketch artist.




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No 33, Hunstanton, Norfolk: A Victorian renovation that shows why East Anglia could be the next big coastal getaway

The north Norfolk town of Hunstanton may not be quite as prettified as much of this area’s “Chelsea-on-Sea” villages; Marco Pierre White hasn’t opened a restaurant here (yet). But with a slew of Victorian houses, a lovely beach and sea-dipping sunsets – unusual for the east coast – it seems only a matter of time before the gentrification inches out to The Wash.




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The best family days out for half term

This is probably the least predictable half term in terms of weather. Some Februaries, you get bright blue skies and some warmth in the sun. Other years, February can be cold, bitter, grey or rainy. Sometimes it even snows. None of this make it easy to plan family days out.




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Ski in Scotland: Cairngorm offers a last-minute ski fix

From the top of a perfectly-groomed piste, I watched as the distant peaks turned from rose to dusty pink in the early morning sun. Blanketed in freshly fallen snow, the slope unfurled beneath me, inviting me to cut the first tracks through its unblemished surface. Far below lay the majestic, still waters of Loch Morlich, encircled by thick green forest, the mountains reflected on its surface.




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Valentine’s Day: how the other half celebrate

Saint Valentine has a lot to answer for. Thanks to him, one day a year we are cuckolded into spending our hard-earned dough on presents, cards, and flowers – all bought in a desperate attempt to tell the person we love just how bloody splendid they are.




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The Townhouse, Ludlow: The perfect place for a gourmet stay

As you leave the motorway behind, and wend your way along the undulating A-roads towards Ludlow, there is a real sense of stepping back in time. OK, there are supermarkets and even the odd high-street coffee chain, but the Shropshire town retains its distinctive character with an open-air market six days a week, a historic castle, a clutch of traditional butchers’ shops and lots of proper pubs. Right in the centre of all of this is The Townhouse, opened last September by two-Michelin-starred chef Claude Bosi and his brother Cedric, in a listed timbered building overlooking Castle Square.




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Dawlish is back on track: The calm after the storm

Last Friday, a clairvoyancy evening was held at Dawlish Christian Spiritualist Church in Albert Street in the South Devon resort. I couldn’t make it because of unforeseen events. But I wonder if, at the corresponding event a year ago, anyone had seen the Channel coming?




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Thameslink services resume after burst water main leads to severe flooding

Thameslink services have resumed after severe flooding led to a week of travel chaos and more than 1,000 trains being cancelled.




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10 best wildlife-watching experiences: From hen harriers to porpoises

Pink-footed geese, Norfolk

The alarm clock rang at 5.30am. By 6am I was shivering in a car, grateful the ignition had worked in sub-zero January temperatures. I drove down a lonely country lane that became a track that collapsed into a rutted sheet of ice as I reached my destination; Snettisham RSPB nature reserve in north Norfolk.




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