Word of advice: spend the weekend clearing out your loft. One family did just that and found something that will change their lives forever - an extremely rare and undoubtedly very valuable Beatles record.
If Louis XIV has taught us anything, it is that lavish amounts of luscious silks, big dresses and red-soled shoes equal wealth and power. This is as true today as it was in the 17th-century French court: all three will be much in evidence on the red carpet at the forthcoming Oscars – and they will indeed represent wealth and power. But power structures have changed somewhat in the past 400 years: what they will not represent are the wardrobes of the actors wearing them.
There’s a housing crisis engulfing the UK, and London is at its epicentre. In his recent vow to regenerate over 100 so-called “sink estates”, David Cameron would have us understand that public housing has failed: that the result is poor people, living in poorly designed homes, that were poorly managed. But this version of history is not definitive - nor even particularly accurate.
The press announcement for the new McLaren 570GT is filled with foreign words and phrases — things like "practical", "comfortable", luxurious" and "relaxing". It's quite confusing, but as car writers, it is our job to decipher the indecipherable. The 570GT, I discerned after a brief OED consultation, appears to be some sort of practical, comfortable, luxurious and relaxing McLaren. Imagine that.