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Restoration work begins on the Mackintosh building Leading conservation architect Julian Harrap told the event, hosted by GSA at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, that the art school would be “under international scrutiny” after news of the fire in May raised the global profile of the building. The Grade A listed building designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh lost about 10 per cent of its structure in the blaze on 23 May, and 30 per cent of its contents including Mackintosh’s library. Mr Harrap said: “The building was well known before,Read More


Dad’s Army is back – but not as we knew it

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It was on 31st July 1968, in the days of black and white television, that the BBC aired the first episode of the TV comedy ‘Dad’s Army’ about the Home Guard during the Second World War, entitled ‘The Man and the Hour’. It was set in the then ‘present day’ of 1968, in which Mainwaring is seen addressing his old platoon as part a talk he gives on the contemporary ‘I’m Backing Britain’ campaign – Coming as it did only just over a decade after sweet rationing ended and withRead More


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THE INDEPENDENT A write mess: How art was turned to ‘graffiti’ by hot Welsh weather It was supposed to be a temporary celebration of Snowdonia and its local sheep-farming communities but a 100-foot mural of a poem painted onto a cliff face that was supposed to come off in the rain, has now been described as nothing more than ‘graffiti’ after it became ‘cooked on’ after a hotter than expected summer. The Gathering/Yr Helfa was staged by the National Theatre of Wales (NTW) over three days last month on theRead More