Colouring in...

I can’t help being rather jealous of those lucky people who have a good sense of colour. I don’t just mean interior designers who can grasp the latest fashions and fads; this week it’s lime green with chocolate, next week it’s teal with magenta (dahling). 364 more words

Charting Churchill: The House at Ditchley Park

The House at Ditchley Park, Oxfordshire 2014

© Leslie Hossack

As Prime Minister, Winston Churchill’s official country residence was Chequers. However, during the Blitz, it was considered too dangerous, especially on bright moonlight nights. 428 more words

Hong Kong Part 3: Bigger pictures

Here are the last lot of sketchbook pages for the moment- lots of big scenes and views and things. After two weeks of non-stop running around and partying and eating delicious food, my body seems to have come down with some sort flu, so the act of writing, seeing, thinking and breathing are now all way more trouble than they’re worth. 80 more words


Iain Stewart MP urges David Cameron to accelerate English votes for English laws plans

Prime Minister David Cameron is being urged to accelerate plans for English votes for English laws by city MP Iain Stewart.

Mr Stewart has called for a ‘double majority system’ which would see Scottish MPs able to contribute to debates and votes on English laws, but would also require “explicit English consent to be introduced”. 160 more words


19th October 2014: Wendover circular

Warm and windy autumn day for our Wendover walk, trees just on the turn, lovely views. When we reached the (ugly) Boer War monument on Combe Hill we decided to extend the walk by a couple of miles so that it would include a pub lunch stop. 83 more words


Whistlestop Scotland

Tomorrow I’m off on a whistlestop tour of Scotland, from Edinburgh to Inverness via Blairdrummond and Aberdeen. I’m highly excited – mainly because it means I don’t have to be at work for a whole week, having only had three days off since 27 August. 232 more words

Introduction To Literature