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For 15 years from 2001 until 2016 I travelled and wrote about the interior design and functionality of hotels. I visited and photographed over 300 hotels in that time. My major focus then was design, and that will be an element here, but this time I will be writing more about the place and the experience. Invited on BBC Newsnight in a controversy over room sharing, I was questioned for over an hour as the Beeb tried to get me to say what they wanted. The resulting interview lasted about 20 seconds and had me labelled in the credits as the ’hotelologist’. I hope here I can live up to the name, but help with little more about places too.

 

Dead Ringers

Dead Ringers

It’s monumental. In WW1 1400 of Britain’s bell ringers died. What more fitting way to remember them than to recruit 1400 new bell ringers and have a ’ring-in’ on November 11th on the anniversary of the War? Monumental ambition wants a national muffled set of rings in...

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When will they ever Learn?

When will they ever Learn?

Life expectancy of my son’s generation may even be lower than that of mine because of their obesity and associated problems.
In recent years in the US, Australia and South Africa voices have been raised in favour of low carb diets as a way of reversing Type 2 without resort to drugs. Those voices, Atkins and Banting in Britain, Fettke in Australia, Tim Noakes in South Africa in particular, have been mocked and persecuted by proponents seemingly at the behest of food manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. Research have grants withdrawn, Universities punish their staff for speaking out, jobs disappear as attempts are made to silence the voices.

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Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

If you are a designer, you will enjoy Heatherwick’s spatial planning (I imaging the studio had much fun slicing toilet rolls in modelling) and the drama of the interiors. If you are in to art, then the exhibitions will be thought provoking and will leave you wanting to revisit.The building is a true cathedral devoted to art.

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Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost

In arcadia dogs go.

Alex, in tune with his world, comments “one big wave would wash this clean”. He means houses too.

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Lanzarote’s Eco-artist

Lanzarote’s Eco-artist

Lanzarote is considered by many César Manrique’s most important work of art. His work and influence have marked the external aspect of the island. The natives say that he has “made” Lanzarote. His desire to live with the volcanic lava led him to build his own house in the Taro de Tahiche, now open as La Fundación César Manrique .

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Luxury on Rails

Luxury on Rails

The beauty of the country is showcased through the windows of this train, as are the local standards of service through the charm and courtesy of the staff. Design harks back to an age when grace and pleasure in travel were key ingredients of the experience, when comfort was more important than style alone

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