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Strawberry Hill House

Strawberry Hill House

This country house at Twickenham is often mentioned in literature of 18th century England, but I thought it had been lost long ago. Incredibly, it has been rescued and is now open to the public. This gem was built by Horace Walpole, youngest son of Britain’s first Prime Minister. It was the first modern gothic … Continue reading

Animals, Cinema & Supernatural

Animals, Cinema & Supernatural

This is an intriguing piece from  Why Look at Animals by the brilliant art historian, John Berger. HIs mention of the supernatural seems out of character, but he writes a lot about crossing boundaries in art, which gives him an edge on most of us. We live our daily lives in a constant exchange with the … Continue reading

A World of Monsters

This is a great selection of scary beasties from around the world, collected by the Oxford English Dictionary folk so you can trust their veracity. One problem – they claim the drop bear is a monster. It is not. Koalas live on eucalyptus leaves, nothing else, not even water, so in dry season they get … Continue reading