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Author: Yasmin Chopin

Some of my closest friends visibly shuddered when I told them I was hoping to spend time in a crypt. Stephen’s eyes flickered like a dodgy light fitting as he repeatedly asked,  ‘But what would you do down there?’  I wasn’t really sure. It was more a...

Miya, a dental surgeon from Trinidad, had bought a new-build apartment by the river. She was desperate to introduce colour and called me in to help. The room was not quite square but trapezoid, with kitchen units along one wall. Though the shape was a...

I belong to a circle of Open University creative writers, Louise Wilford is an online friend and mainstay character in the group. When I discovered this piece in her repertoire I thought I’d share. It changes the pace in my Journal, slowing the reader for...

Home renovation television programmes focus on the scene ‘before’ and the big reveal ‘after’ but they pay little regard to decisions made in the planning. Interior design is about making the right choices, a process that is time-consuming. In an edited half hour it’s impossible...

Collage has been taken up by the masses in the digital age; if you use software to edit and rearrange images to produce new work you are likely to be collaging, and if you manipulate photographs you are likely to be producing photomontage* of a...

‘James Cook: The Voyages’ is on at the British Library, London, until 28 August 2018. Pay a small fee and take a couple of hours walking through the life and times of one of the most famous explorers in history. The exhibition charts three voyages...

Broadway Market teams with parents and pushchairs seeking a free spot on the pavement to drink a cappuccino. Number seven has a somewhat dour grey painted frontage but the large window is colourfully displayed with fabrics and graffiti style art. Shop owner Barley Massey told...

Farmers struggle to bale hay in clouds of yellow dust kicked up by a warm wind from the continent. It is July, a record-breaking month, dry and blisteringly hot. I sit in an airy barn at the Wysing Arts Centre in the heart of rural...

The holiday season enables us to travel abroad, experience new places, and create memories that will sustain us for the months ahead. I saw my first Cork Oak forest in Andalusia Spain in 1990; the farmer harvested the bark every nine years so the trees remained...

Design is concerned with function and aesthetics, that is to say, how something works or performs and how it looks, to consider design as purely an artistic practice is only half of it. Interior design is fundamentally a process of finding solutions to problems. In...

Did you know… wallpaper has a murderous past? Here are five surprising facts about wallpaper: 1. In 1710 a wallpaper tax entered the statute books. Queen Anne was on the throne then. She was famous for being transported everywhere in a Sedan chair as walking proved...

Rachel Lichtenstein writes with clarity and depth about her subject. Well researched and impeccably structured Estuary; out from London to the sea imparts a myriad of facts about the people and landscapes of the Thames estuary. It starts and finishes with accounts of a boat...