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Celia Lyttelton

Author and arts correspondent

Author and arts correspondent

Celia's Chronicles

Why is it all, that individuals love in the way of shopping in markets, are then dictated to by monstrous corperate companies setting up dreary franchised shops every where. Soon London is to be a succession of provincial looking high streets with the same shops. Is nowhere sacred?
15/04/2015 11:12 BST

Celia's Chronicles

Luxury has become lacklustre, a vicious quotidian indulgence. We are swamped by so called Luxury goods that are barely distinguishable from other brands. Luxury is almost the high street norm, so mainstream that they are no longer that exclusive.
14/01/2015 14:43 GMT

Celia's Chronicles

Back in 1983, Prague was melancholy and grey, yet princely with palaces of peeling stucco. A complex elusive city, in turn glorious and gloomy, so keenly evoked in the novels of Franz Kafka, Milan Kundera and Ivan Klima, however obliquely they wrote of it.
04/11/2014 12:50 GMT

Celia's Chronicles

Greek island hopping is what we intended, however arriving on the Cycladic isle of Sifnos, we were loathe to leave and rented a Greek farmhouse, an oikos with a threshing floor and terraces of fig trees, olives, vines and lemon trees, ablaze with bougainvillea, hibiscus, geraniums and plumbago.
18/09/2014 10:59 BST

Celia's Chronicles

When I was 17, I worked in a taverna on the Greek island of Antiparos . I learnt to cook the usual Greek fayre with speed and flair and some modern Greek; and since then I have seldom been fazed by cooking big suppers for friends .
09/06/2014 13:57 BST

Celia's Chronicles

To Arles, famed for its Roman antiquities, and a shrine to Vincent Van Gogh, is now set to become a a vital new hub for art -in-the-making.
21/04/2014 16:16 BST

Manorbier Castle Chronicles

According to Roman Hagiography the origins of St Valentine, is obscure, all that is known is that he was beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate, after trying to convert the Emperor Claudius Gothicus on the 14th in the third century AD
07/02/2014 14:13 GMT

Manorbier Castle Chronicles

On returning from China it was apposite that I went to the V and A's Chinese Painting survey and two hefty new publications, the catalogue to the V and A exhibition and The Phaidon Chinese Art Book testify how Chinese art has endured for 3000 years.
16/01/2014 13:09 GMT

Manorbier Castle Chronicles

We were late for dinner with the British ambassador, Sebastian Wood, amiable and not in the least pompous, we talked about the theatre and the Chinese art exhibition at the V and A, and kept off politics.
06/11/2013 12:54 GMT

Manorbier Castle Chronicles

I spent much of the holidays in thevillage reading room at Manorbier, painting, which was designed by Benson, an arts and crafts architect and protégée of William Morris.
20/09/2013 12:09 BST

Manorbier Castle Chronicles

Soon Mayfair, Chelsea and Belgravia will be like Zurich. Nowhere beats Belgravia for that palpable feeling of large amounts of the folding stuff and delicious and delectable wares from discreet non designer independent shops like Chantal Cody's Chocolate shop Rococo, that for me gets the best prize ever for packaging.
15/07/2013 14:45 BST

Manorbier Castle Chronicles

So I guess its back to Manorbier for another staycation because it costs too much, either by sea or air to get the family off this damp little island groaning under the weight too many people.
11/06/2013 12:24 BST

Manorbier Castle Chronicles

While the rest of Britain was icy, Easter came and went in balmy sunshine at Manorbier while restoration works progressed to degree. The 13th century dovecote, coffered with 250 pidgeon or dove cubby holes, like a mini rustic replica of the Pantheon with an open oculus in the domed roof, is clad in hessian and scaffolding.
29/04/2013 11:43 BST

Manorbier Castle Chronicles

While the rest of Britain was icy, Easter came and went in balmy sunshine at Manorbier while restoration works progressed to degree. The 13th century dovecote, coffered with 250 pidgeon or dove cubby holes, like a mini rustic replica of the Pantheon with an open oculus in the domed roof, is clad in hessian and scaffolding.
24/04/2013 15:41 BST

Manorbier Castle Chronicles

After ten years we have returned to our little Ithaca, a terraced house in Kensal Green. For five years we fought our battles with the elements, floods and an almost supernatural fire that burnt our Pennine cottage down, and were preyed upon by ghosts, witches and warlocks.
30/01/2013 16:17 GMT

Manorbier Castle Chronicles

The highlight of the festivities was 'Oliver Twisted' a satirical and subversive panto at the Tabernacle, off Portobello Road. Written by Peter Jack, 'Oliver Twisted' was worthy of 'Private Eye' at its best, laced with wicked wit and peppered with localized 'in' jokes.
04/01/2013 16:30 GMT

The Manorbier Castle Chronicles

Artists on art are often more illuminating than the art critics and commenters themselves, (myself included,) and this book is no exception, however it lacks consistency.
19/12/2012 14:20 GMT