Get the bees back in your garden

A world without bees? Don’t even consider it! Of course we would miss the products of the hive, such as honey, pollen and beeswax.  But most of all, these super-pollinators are essential to agriculture.  In terms of tonnage, then 35% of what we eat is directly dependent on their silent...

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The tale of a Chelsea duck

A wild mallard duck has been laying eggs on my fifth story roof terrace in Chelsea for the last four years. As I write, she is sitting on her second batch of the year in a planter of lavender perched precariously over a steep drop. Did you know that the...

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Bricks and Brickbats

A Folly too far What was the Serpentine Gallery thinking of when it commissioned Chilean architect Smiljan Radic to design this summer’s pavilion? The ‘shock of the new’ has worked wonders for the Turner Prize over the years even if the poor artist whose name was hijacked to give it...

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Who’s driving Bristol cars now?

Who’s driving Bristol cars now?

Beginning  life as an aeroplane maker, The Bristol Aeroplane Company was founded in 1910 and was both one of the first and one of the most important British aviation companies, producing many notable aircraft, including the Bristol Fighter, the Bulldog, the Beaufighter and the Brabazon. Interestingly, much of the preliminary...

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