The National Trust, a British institution, a charity indeed, protects and maintains ancient buildings, gardens, monuments and open spaces. They have recently developed and placed a series of ‘talking benches’ in sight of its properties. Now you can sit and enjoy the observations, comments and reminiscences of a cricketer, an actor, a comedian and others. Stephen Fry, for example, will tell you about the filming of A Cock And Bull Story as you sit and admire Felbrigg House, the movie’s location. Our picture shows John Sergeant, journalist, broadcaster and star, of sorts, of Britain’s ‘Strictly Ballroom’ at Petworth House in West Sussex. We don’t know about this. Is it a lovely idea which will encourage us to get out and enjoy the great outdoors or is it a sad admission of defeat? Can’t people sit back, relax and let their imaginations take over?
Designers and their dogs – John Strauss Modenus on Location: Balint Bolygo in the old Bethnal Green Town Hall A sculpture as lovely as a tree by John Doyle Rogers Modenus Picks Its Golden Globes Design at all cost and I’m not talking about money here! Loving Your Kitchen: Darren Morgan’s reply to Johnny Grey DB Sources – Inspired, lush, romantic – are we still talking about pillows? Daily five: Day six – our top picks – at ICFF