The Importance of Hospitality, by BBC Home Editor, Mark Easton
Culture

The phrases ‘corporate hospitality’ and ‘hospitality industry’ make me uncomfortable. They seem to come from the dictionary of double-speak, loaded with contradiction that threatens to pervert our civil society. Hospitality must never be commercial or industrial – quite the reverse. It is generous and intimate: present in the sincerity of a smile, the twinkle of…

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Emily Young – Sculptor
Culture

What initially led you to become a Sculptor? When did you know it was the medium for you? My grandmother was a successful sculptor, so there were no huge taboos to break, the family home was full of her work, though she died years before I was born. For a while, till my early thirties,…

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Richard Ovenden – Curator, Bodleian Library in Oxford
Culture

The position of Bodley’s Librarian is one of the top librarian jobs in the world. Richard Ovenden took the job in 2014, becoming the twenty-fifth curator of the legendary Bodleian Library in Oxford.  As such, he is responsible for the largest university library in the UK and one of the major research libraries in the…

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Robert Lacey – Model Woman
Culture

Between 1947 and 2007 Eileen Ford created the largest and longest lasting model agency the world has ever seen, famed for its blonde and slinky beauties whose thighs would stretch for miles. If you booked a Ford model, you got Ferrari and Porsche glamour—with Rolls-Royce prestige and prices: Jerry Hall, Lauren Hutton, Christie Brinkley, Christie…

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Interview With The President of The USA, Donald J. Trump
Culture

As Chairman and President of the enormously successful Trump Organization, how do you see the business evolving over the next ten years or so? For example will you be branching out into other industries to seek growth or stick to your current mainstays? That’s hard to determine. I’m always open to possibilities, and we have…

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Lord Soley – The Story of a Statue
Culture

A little over a year ago Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of the Arts Council, made an important plea for fair funding of diversity in the arts. I believe he is right and my experience as Chair of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal tends to confirm it. Until we unveiled the statue of Mary Seacole…

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