montacute house

This morning I went to Montacute House, a National Trust property in south Somerset, near Odcbome, where I lived from 2010-2011. Click here for the website. The local honey-coloured Ham stone was used to build this beautiful, imposing 16th century mansion. When we arrived this morning, the daffodils were in full bloom: The gardens are

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Side Effects

It’s no secret that pharmaceuticals companies, worldwide, are raking it in. Big time. But it might not be common knowledge that there are practising psychiatrists working with these companies; testing new drugs on their patients. Even if the patients are aware that their therapist has a vested interest in encouraging them to test the drugs

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Lichtenstein: A retrospective

I remember studying Roy Lichtenstein in year 9 art class. His cartoon-strip-inspired pop art was accessible – more so than the abstract paintings (Klee, Kandinsky) we were also shown – and so I enjoyed making a Lichtenstein replica, complete with American ‘Hey Brad’ style speech bubbles. But his retrospective is, for me, too accessible: it

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Broken – best British film

Last night I went to see Rufus Norris’ debut (award-winning, independent) film Broken – and it blew me away. But not with a spine-tinglingly thrilling plot, or mind-blowingly beautiful cinematography, it was the realism: it is totally believable. Adapted from Daniel Clay’s acclaimed novel, of the same name, Broken follows Skunk (played, excellently, by Eloise

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Women I love to love

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2013, I’d like to pay homage to five of my favourite ladies-in-the-limelight… 1. Patti Smith – poet, punk-rocker, artist, musician, mother, lover… Read her blog here. Wilderness by Patti Smith Do animals make a human cry when their loved one staggers fowled dragged down the blue veined river Does the

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Why watch telly at all?

On Sunday night we started watching Mayday, a BBC drama about a teenage girl who goes missing on Mayday and is assumed to have been murdered in the nearby forest (see here). The townsfolk gather and search for her through the night, to no avail. We are then introduced to a handful families who live

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Films

A series of short summaries, and ratings (out of five), of the films I’ve been to see recently… Zero Dark Thirty Dir. Kathryn Bigelow, written and produced by Mark Boal Fiction based on (some) fact, this film documents the US government’s hunt for, and assassination of, Bin Laden. Jessica Chastain plays Maya, a CIA officer,

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