The iron, the melon and the jug: the weirdest Stans buildings – in pictures

From Ashgabat’s falcon-shaped airport to Dushanbe’s giant flagpole, and more than a few Eyes of Sauron, the Stans don’t shy away from eye-popping architecture

Greek gift: Athens’ new cultural centre

This stunning park, garden and culture hub, funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and designed by Renzo Piano, will, controversially, be handed over to the state at the end of 2017

Tate Modern to host ‘once in a lifetime’ Picasso exhibition

Landmark show will focus on ‘year of wonders’ 1932, at height of painter’s affair with young lover Marie-Thérèse Walter

Tate Modern to reunite Giacometti’s plaster Women of Venice

Gathering of six sculptures for first time since they were made in 1956 will be highlight of retrospective for Swiss artist

Zaha Hadid: from flaming sketchbooks to global phenomenon

Her gravity-defying buildings took her signature whoosh around the world. But as her early explosive paintings go on show and one of her final creations opens, are cracks appearing in Zaha Hadid’s legacy?

Staying Socially Connected – A Short Story

My latest short story called “Staying Socially Connected” is available on Kindle Here is an excerpt – The heroine of the tale, Sheila Walker, is going home on the bus. She has just had a wonderful conversation with another woman, Julie, who is just getting off the bus. ========================== Julie stood and slalomed her wayContinue reading “Staying Socially Connected – A Short Story”

Free things to do in New York

Here are ten free things to do in New York http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/apr/09/top-10-free-things-to-do-in-new-york

Budget eating in Liverpool

Liverpool is known for its music and football but the food scene is vibrant as you can read in this link http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/mar/27/top-10-budget-restaurants-bars-cafes-liverpool