Category: Feature Writing

Canine Couture

Canine Couture

From Tinkerbell’s Simple Life wardrobe to New York’s Pet Fashion Week, canine couture is challenging runway displays from Los Angeles to Paris. Human fashion pales in comparison with the riotous colour, vivid styling, and total fantasy of the fashions offered for our dogs. But is your pooch’s fashion style up to scratch or is there …

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Cyprus – an island sojourn?

Cyprus – an island sojourn?

Bright blue skies, and temperatures in the high 20s… no, not Wales in a Spring heatwave – I was in Cyprus for a week, invited for a visit with friends. Leaving Larnaka airport, I stepped out into wall-to-wall sunshine. And the short drive to the house in Voroklini involved car windows down, and a glimpse …

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Greening our Cities: Are we doing enough, or do we need a law for landscaping?

Greening our Cities: Are we doing enough, or do we need a law for landscaping?

Climate change, energy security, biodiversity losses, growing urbanisation… people are increasingly aware, especially in our densely packed island, of their own relationship with the environment. Multiple ‘green’ initiatives and developments abound, which can be confusing and difficult to identify. Is the landscape industry doing enough to promote effective, practical and environmentally aware landscaping protocol and …

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Day of the Knotweed

Day of the Knotweed

Once desirable, it is now seen as aggressive, virulent and definitely not a plant to be trifled with – Japanese knotweed, that is. Japanese knotweed, a native of eastern Asia, was welcomed to Britain’s shores as an ornamental ‘architectural’ garden plant in the early 1800s. Its popularity was short-lived; less than a century later, it …

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Age is NOT a factor

Age is NOT a factor

You’re 80 years old – so where’s the benefit to you? That was the most common reaction to Vernon Jones’ idea to install solar photovoltaics on his farm near Caeathro, in Gwynedd. However, Vernon did his research, and found great reasons to go ahead with his plans to invest in a system that uses technology …

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By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea

By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea

‘There must be something strangely sacred about salt. It is in our tears and in the sea.’ Khalil Gibran in Sand and Foam. Can you imagine life without salt? It’s in us, and all around us in the air and in the ground. Anyone who walks beside the ocean, enjoying that bracing sea air, knows …

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Exploring Cuisine Naturele

Exploring Cuisine Naturele

  Passion, teamwork, respect: the cornerstones of Chef David Lee’s professional life. They are also the underlying reasons for the continuing success of his co-owned restaurant Splendido, which he took over in partnership with Yannick Bigourdan in 2001. Splendido, nestled among other fine establishments on Harbord Street, just off Spadina, is among the eating jewels …

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