Society Painters

9 February 2011 by

Carlton House Terrace attracts many interesting people. A couple of weeks ago the French sculptor and mixed media artist Hubert…

Shattered worlds

5 January 2011 by

I was lucky enough to see two volcanoes last summer: Etna, as I passed through Sicily, and Stromboli by night…

Total Recall

20 December 2010 by

Picture a group of scientists at dinner in the new age of Queen Victoria, just crowned at Westminster Abbey in…

Passionate friends

30 November 2010 by

I’ve just finished reading Michael Sherborne’s excellent new biography H.G.Wells: another kind of life. In my teens you could still…

Blue lias

3 November 2010 by

The coastline around Lyme Regis was bathed in half-term autumn sunshine for most of last week and its cliffs were…