Bob Chaundy
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Freelance journalist, ex-BBC News, who writes on news, history, travel, and the arts. He is the author of the comic novel Little Black Trains. See www.littleblacktrains.com

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Changing Tracks

(0) Comments | Posted 16 August 2014 | (22:58)

Stanwick Lakes, situated near Rushden in Northamptonshire is a nature reserve popular with locals and tourists alike. It's hard to imagine that 50 years ago, through this now peace and tranquil environment, railway trains carrying passengers and goods thundered through. Today, on what were once railway tracks, ramblers, bird watchers...

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Wind Charming - Folklore for Today

(0) Comments | Posted 11 August 2014 | (14:24)

The United Kingdom abounds with folklore and traditions often dating back centuries. We roll cheeses down hills, "dress" wells with flowers, race with pancakes, hunt mallards, all manner of weird and wonderful things. The vast majority of these traditions are local, often based on myths or legends. Some have their...

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Go Figure - Cob Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted 5 August 2014 | (12:12)

Curator Roxie Warder has brought together the works of six young UK-based artists in an exhibition at London's Cob Gallery called Go Figure.

As the title suggests, this is an exploration of the human form in various guises. It's a big, colourful show and a deliberate reaction to what...

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World War I Aircraft - Shuttleworth Collection

(0) Comments | Posted 21 July 2014 | (17:06)

Among the lesser reported aspects of the war on the western front during World War I is the role played by aircraft. Britain manufactured 55,000 planes during the war of which only 10 remain in airworthy condition.

Four of these belong to the Shuttleworth Collection in Bedfordshire and have...

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Empty Suits - Beth Cullen

(0) Comments | Posted 17 July 2014 | (16:54)

Beth Cullen has lived a double life, at least professionally. She gained a first class honours degree in sculpture at John Moores University in Liverpool in 1994, and a subsequent post-graduate degree in sculpture and bronze casting at The Royal College of Art.

It was while at the RCA...

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Paradox at Masterpiece London 2014

(1) Comments | Posted 26 June 2014 | (16:49)

Every summer in London, galleries from all over the world offer for sale some of their best works of art together in one place - in the grounds of The Royal Hospital Chelsea. The scope and quality of what's on offer is breathtaking.

Masterpiece London 2014, now in its 5th...

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Art on the Menu -Fera at Claridges

(0) Comments | Posted 16 May 2014 | (18:32)

Diners arriving at Claridges hotel on their way to the new Fera restaurant there may notice that the main entrance is crowned inside with a jousting tent design. It was the invention of Basil Ionides, one of Britain's foremost interior designers of the 1920s.

It's a very English feature...

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Catlin Prize 2014 Exhibition

(0) Comments | Posted 2 May 2014 | (17:20)

Each year curator Justin Hammond travels the length and breadth of the UK visiting art schools and colleges and attending their degree shows. Through his observations, along with recommendations from tutors and those in the art world, his task is to choose 40 of those he considers to be the...

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Sculpture in the Home - Pangolin London

(0) Comments | Posted 25 April 2014 | (16:30)

The Pangolin London has transformed itself into a time capsule for the next few weeks with its exhibition Sculpture in the Home. The show consists of three rooms exquisitely decked out in furniture, drawings, textiles, wallpaper and sculpture dating mainly from the 1940s and 1950s. The inspiration for the exhibition...

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The Back of Beyond - Hus Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted 27 March 2014 | (18:52)

For The Back of Beyond, The Hus's exhibition's director Jessica Warren has brought together three artists, Sam Irons, Neil Raitt and Adam Bainbridge. They work in different media but share an interest in the surreal. Each has taken familiar objects or scenes but deprived them of their usual context, in...

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Eleanor Moreton: Tales of Love and Darkness

(0) Comments | Posted 15 March 2014 | (09:44)

History and political events are seldom what they appear. The plethora of current radio and TV programmes and written articles commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I present a fine example of this. Historians still argue vigorously as to the causes and the culprits, as beneath...

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BASALT - Jill McManners

(0) Comments | Posted 26 February 2014 | (10:23)

Millions of years ago in a scenario straight out of Milton's Paradise Lost, the Basalt cliffs of the Hebridean Isles of Shiant were formed. Volcanic explosions from deep within the earth's crust sent hellish eruptions of molten lava high into the atmosphere. Rivers of magma were formed underground which, when...

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Howard Tangye - Casting the Line

(0) Comments | Posted 29 January 2014 | (13:20)

As Head of Womenswear Design at Central St Martin's for 17 years, Howard Tangye's fashion illustrations have been highly influential to his students, most notably John Galliano, Stella McCartney, Richard Nicoll and Julie Verhoeven. Yet since he began formal training as an artist at St Martin's School of Art back...

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Diarmuid Kelley - All Cats Are Grey Exhibition

(0) Comments | Posted 24 January 2014 | (16:43)

"First and foremost, I'm a painter a painter before anything else, not just a portrait painter. I love the texture and feel of paint." Despite this self-assertion and his professed love of abstraction, Diarmuid Kelley has become best known for his portraits. His work hangs in London's National Portrait Gallery...

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Paul Apowida - Spirit Boy

(0) Comments | Posted 27 November 2013 | (15:53)

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Paul Apowida is a soldier in the British army. He is also an accomplished artist. He has served in Afghanistan with the 1st Batallion Rifles where, in firefights against the Taleban in Helmand, he has seen friends killed and wounded. He has narrowly...

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Obituaries - Life After Death

(0) Comments | Posted 14 November 2013 | (23:00)

There have been several major deaths recently - singer Lou Reed, broadcaster John Cole and composer Sir John Tavener spring immediately to mind. As the former obituaries editor at BBC News and now a freelance obituary writer, I know from experience the pronounced feeling of self-satisfaction such deaths engender if...

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Learning About Heraldry - Sophie Jung

(0) Comments | Posted 2 November 2013 | (10:15)

"Listen, Lady plot writer, we can't go on like this, either you deliver or (OMG I wanna put a hashtag and I can't find it on my keyboard! WTF!) Hashtag Quiver Quiver Hashtag and vibrate - you'll succumb to/whazz called in mah neighbourhood/ Hashtag FATE Hashtag."

This excerpt from...

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Paynes and Borthwick Virtual Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted 3 October 2013 | (13:43)

Virtual galleries have become commonplace as the art world responds to the opportunities made available by the digital revolution. This Wednesday, however, an original version of the genre was launched in London - the first commercial real time interactive virtual gallery. It features two digital art installations and, furthermore, is...

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Rocking in the Art World

(0) Comments | Posted 27 September 2013 | (17:48)

Dan Baldwin's show, Fragile, opened to much fanfare and celebrity in London the other night. It marked the first time the artist had exhibited under the auspices of his new management team headed by Pat Magnarella. Magnarella is a relative newcomer to the art scene. He is best known as...

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Hannah Knox - Buff

(0) Comments | Posted 21 September 2013 | (13:28)

There's a strong feminine tradition running through Hannah Knox's work. First, this 35-year-old graduate of the Royal College of Art use textiles as a base on which to paint and stitch. Also, many of her references point to personal, political and sociological influences rooted in the world of fashion and...

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