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DESIGN ICONS #1: THE TUBE MAP

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The Tube Map as we know it today was designed by Harry Beck, who first succeeded in untangling the mass of London Underground lines in 1931. In doing so, he created a piece of art that works. Although trained as a draftsman, Beck’s defining work, combining primary colours with grids of black lines is closer to that of contemporary modern artists...

THE LAID-BACK YOGI’S GUIDE TO BEDITATION

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And relax! It is possible to find inner peace while travelling without even leaving the comfort of your hotel bed. Yoga guru Vyda Bielkus says: “Don’t underestimate the power of those few minutes before we get out of bed. Yoga is a great way to unwind from stress or greet the day.” Before grabbing a coffee, flicking on the TV or checking for...

BALI: THE PEOPLE’S PARADISE

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Everyone I knew who’d been to Bali kept telling me how wonderful it was. ‘You’ll love it,’ they all said. ‘You’ll never want to leave.’ I thought it sounded dreadful, like a New Age Disneyland. People went to Bali to find themselves, which is why I’d never been. I didn’t want to find myself. I just wanted to go on holiday. Why...

BORN OF THE DEEP

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In a discreet but respectful nod to Sir Malcolm Campbell’s extraordinary speed records, the Rolls-Royce Waterspeed Collection is a bespoke celebration of the great man’s use of the 108-year-old marque’s engines during his astonishing record-breaking career… Everything about this serenely beautiful car is designed to mimic or pay visual...

MUST-HAVE GADGETS

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01 // If you love the great outdoors, but hate being exposed to the Great British weather then the ultimate gadget for you is the Garden Igloo (greenbop.de). This eskimo-inspired piece of tech makes greenhouses and conservatories look old hat. It provides a cozy cocoon that lets you enjoy your plants close up all year round. Avoid strong UV rays...

GRAND DESIGNS ON A GETAWAY

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Whether you stay in a luxury treehouse, a mock Tudor water tower or refurbished Airstream caravans craned onto the roof of a guesthouse, there is simply no excuse for booking a boring short break… Nothing could be more British than enjoying a jolly, folly holiday in some of the nation’s most unusual hotels and guesthouses. There are plenty...

CELEBRATING CHURCHILL

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The lasting legacy of Sir Winston Churchill has been brought back to life in a biography of the great man marking the 50th anniversary of his death on January 24, written by London Mayor Boris Johnson. Johnson explains: “One man can make all the difference. Churchill is the resounding human rebuttal to all who think history is the story of vast...

THE SOCIAL KNITWORK

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Forget man-made fibres, if you want to look cool this winter, while staying really, really warm, then wool is where it’s at… Ultra-warm wool has become cool for the Twitter generation. Forget the prickly monstrosities you find mothballed in granny’s cupboard, new era knitwear really rocks. As Cara Delevingne stepped off the runway in a...

SCIENCE OF THE EARWORM

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I just met you… this is crazy… here’s my number… call me maybe?” These words have been repeating in my head for several hours now. They say nothing to me about my life (I haven’t just met anyone, and the last time I gave someone my number I was bombarded with PPI calls), but they are becoming a repetitive mantra due to the...