Ruskin

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A fascinating exhibition at Two Temple Place of Ruskin: the art he collected and that inspired him, the art and collections he made, and the makers today inspired by him. It especially made me want to visit the museum in Sheffield that Ruskin founded and that’s still going strong today.

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Travel plans

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There are going to be a few big trips this year anyway, but that doesn’t stop me dreaming about possible short trips away. Braga in Portugal looks like it’s pretty all year round.

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Trieste is intriguing for its Venetian air, and coming off the back of a trip to Rome.

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But Lubeck and Luneberg also look delightful and very Scandi (despite being in North Germany), which could be good for a cosy trip.

Vanessa Barragao

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After posting images from the Anni Albers exhibition, Instagram correctly predicted that I wanted to see a lot more artists working with textiles and led me to the door of Vanessa Barragao.

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Isn’t this great? I’d love to see (and touch) this work in person. Check out her website here and also her profile @vanessabarragao_work

Food, glorious food

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The Honey & Co food talks are my latest favourite podcast for listening on days when reading in the morning is just too much. Their interviews have covered Fuschia Dunlop on how she got to know Chinese cuisine, the regional delicacies she fell in love with and how Wi-chat revolutionised the research process, Olia Hercules on Ukraine’s eastern identity and summer houses, and several of the guests including Nazrin Rooghani on the relationship between identity and food.

If you’re still hungry after this, then head over to Castaway Buffet for what will become your new quiz with friends of what foods you can take to a desert island (and for the seriously hardcore, what five kitchen tools). Expect much laughter, firm views on the temperature of tea and Harry Potter fanfic.