Glasgow named cultural and creative ‘centre’ of UK

“Cultural vibrancy”, “creative economy”, and the ability to bring in creative talent and nourish cultural engagement were all taken into account. Edinburgh came first for cultural venues and facilities in the UK. Capital of culture The report said: “Glasgow was one of the first European capitals of culture, in 1990. Known as an industrial city, it has now gained recognition as a creative and cultural centre of European importance.” Glasgow boasts over 100 cultural organisations and is home to five of the six internationally renowned national performing arts companies in Scotland. According to the council, Glasgow’s museums have more visitors than in any UK city except from London. The city also counts eight Turner Prize winners who have been born …

The houses hiding a city’s water secrets

These strange-looking stone structures have stood in the Comiston area of Edinburgh for more than 300 years. Built long before houses, garages, driveways and gardens, they are now integrated into the established residential landscape. But what were they for? The buildings covered vital spring water that bubbled up from the ground. Before this supply was used, Edinburgh residents could go many weeks without fresh drinking water. What was available wasn’t safe – the Nor’ Loch, which had flowed in the valley now occupied by Princes Street Gardens and the Waverley Station, carried typhoid and cholera. Image copyright Scottish Water Image caption Each pipe inside Comiston Spring House, which was the main building, had a lead animal on top to mark …

Labour pledges ‘zero carbon’ homes by 2022

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, on the campaign trail in Swindon on Saturday, said: “There is no greater issue facing this world than the environmental disaster waiting to happen and the climate change that is happening very obviously all around us.” Central heating boilers ‘threaten climate goals’ Big lifestyle changes ‘needed to cut emissions’ UK commits to ‘net zero’ emissions by 2050 During a speech to supporters at Commonweal Sixth Form College, Mr Corbyn also responded to US President Donald Trump’s recent remark that he would be “so bad” as prime minister. Related Topics Housing John Healey Labour Party Climate change Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

‘I grew up in a Victorian workhouse’

Image caption “I would stand for hours, just looking out of the window,” says Susan At the far end were two barred windows. There were no curtains. If you tried to look out at the world beyond, your view was blocked by a high line of hedges. Pauper’s path At first, the workhouse provided a kind of sanctuary for Susan and her siblings. Until then their existence had been precarious, shuffled from place to place as their dad, Brian, moved in and out of prison. Image caption Coming to the workhouse was, at first, a relief for Susan but steadily the cramped confines wore her down The next day, the family were taken to Southwell Workhouse – known at the …

Kevin McCloud property firms face liquidation

In 2017, Mr McCloud had told potential investors his company was delivering “triple bottom line returns with progress on energy positivity”. Those potential investors were pitched so-called “mini-bonds” with 8% returns to crowdfund the projects in Oxford and Winchester. Almost 300 people put their money in to lend HAB Land Finance £2.4m to build the estates. But they have not seen a return on that investment. Image caption A promised orchard and play area at HAB Housing’s Lovedon Fields site in Hampshire is currently a building site “This has resulted in a considerable loss to mini-bond holders who largely financed the project,” he said. HAB Land director, Simon Bullock, said in a statement: “With only 22% of the mini-bond holders …

Norwich council estate wins top architecture award

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA resident explains what she enjoys about her home An eco-friendly council estate in Norwich has scooped this year’s prestigious Riba Stirling Prize for architecture. The Royal Institute of British Architects gives out the award each year to the UK’s best new building. The estate, called Goldsmith Street, is made up of almost 100 ultra low-energy homes for Norwich City Council. It beat the likes of London Bridge Station and the Nevill Holt Opera, Market Harborough, to the prize. Riba said the estate’s environmental credentials made it a “beacon of hope” and highly unusual for a mass housing development. Meet the residents of Goldsmith Street Riba Stirling Prize: The nominees in full …

Colliery and tunnel on ‘most at risk of ruin’ list

Victorian Society president Griff Rhys Jones said this year’s examples include “gems” and “real historical moments”. He said: “It is both inspiring and saddening to see this list. Who would have thought that a call to arms would reveal such a wealth of distinguished and absorbing architecture?” The 2019 top 10 are: Chatterley Whitfield Colliery, Staffordshire Image copyright Flickr.com Grade I-listed Shadwell Court was built in 1715 but was remodelled beyond all recognition in 1840 by Edward Blore and again 20 years later by SS Teulon. The gothic mansion has been empty since the 1990s and is owned by a member of the Dubai ruling family, the society said. Mr Costelloe said it would be a “scandal” if the mansion, …

What’s it like to live in a castle?

Many holidaymakers will have visited castles this summer, but what about owning one, or living or working in one? Three people reflect on life behind the battlements. Bamburgh Castle: Looking after an icon Image copyright EPA Image caption Francis Watson-Armstrong now lives on a nearby farm but grew up in the castle The oldest parts date to the Norman Conquest of 1066 and it was in a poor state when it was bought by the industrialist William Armstrong in 1894. He rebuilt large parts of it and the castle became the family home. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Francis Watson-Armstrong’s family also used to own the Farne Islands and Cragside House Living in a centuries-old building filled with spiral …

No-deal Brexit checks ‘needed near Irish border’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLeo Varadkar says there may be some checks ‘near the border’ in a no-deal Some checks on goods and live animals may need to take place near the Irish border in a no-deal Brexit, Irish PM Leo Varadkar has said. As far as possible, checks would take place at ports, airports and firms, the taoiseach said, and his government was “working out the details” with the EU. There was “a significant and growing risk of no-deal”, he added. UK PM Boris Johnson has said he would “rather be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit”, which is set for 31 October. What is the Irish border backstop? Why is the Irish border …

Georgia to Scotland by bike for the love of rugby

Image copyright Sandro Datishvili Image caption Getting ready to leave from Tbilisi He noticed that relatively few Georgian fans would travel abroad with the national rugby team and he wanted to show other supporters what was possible. He told the BBC Scotland News website: ” In Georgia, rugby is a very popular sport but Georgians don’t really support their team in other countries. “I wanted to show that we can support our team anywhere and this was a big game – the last before the World Cup.” Image copyright Sandro Datishvili Image caption A river side stop in Budapest, Hungary Image copyright Sandro Datishvili Image caption Munich in Germany was also on Sandro’s route Image copyright Sandro Datishvili Image caption …

Roman mosaic discovery ‘one of three in world’

Image copyright Boxford History Project Image caption Archaeologists and volunteers spent nine days uncovering the Roman find Mr Nichol, who worked on the dig, said: “It’s been quite overwhelming, not just for me but everyone involved. “There’s a real buzz and excitement on this project, I’ve never seen that before on any project that I’ve worked on.” Image copyright Boxford History Project Image caption Workers used toothbrushes to painstakingly clean it without damaging the ancient tiles Image caption Roman art and architecture expert Anthony Beeson uncovered the story held within the mosaic Image copyright Boxford History Project Image caption Archaeologist Matt Nichol described it as “second to none” Explaining the story depicted in the mosaic, Mr Beeson said: “The pavement …

The ‘goners’ caught on film forever

Image copyright PETER MITCHELL Image caption The buildings Peter used to shoot were known as “goners” – this one in Seacroft was already halfway there in 1974 Image copyright PETER MITCHELL Image caption A billboard is framed by the half-demolished Marsh Lane tenements Image copyright PETER MITCHELL Image caption John Murray, right, owned the Racing Pigeon Shop and remembers “great times” on Blake Grove John, who still runs a racing pigeon business, remembers “great times” on the street and often passes by his former shop, which closed in 2010. “Shops weren’t allowed to trade on Sundays, but we’d open our doors for a few hours to let the pigeon boys come in,” said the 60-year-old. “I remember we had to …

‘Bruised and shaken and coming home’

Both are members of Killymoon Golf Club in Cookstown and Ryan had gone to Georgia on his own hoping to see a McIlroy victory. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lightning struck a tree close to the 15th green Ryan told his father he had been sheltering under a tree when the lightning struck and all he could remember was waking up “yards away” with the emergency services all around him. “He’s had scans just to make sure there is no internal damage,” said his father. Ryan was back in his hotel by Sunday afternoon and is hoping to fly home to Northern Ireland on Tuesday. He had only finished camp a week ago and had headed to Chicago before …

‘Doctors knew my son had HIV, but didn’t tell him’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘I feel guilt that we allowed it to happen’ Paul Summers was five when he was diagnosed with the blood disorder haemophilia in 1969. His parents Pat and Tony were shocked, but also relieved. They had spent their son’s early years ferrying him from their home in Llantwit Major to Bridgend hospital with unexplained bruises and bleeding problems. A knock or cut could see the active little boy in hospital for weeks. When a revolutionary new treatment called Factor VIII was proposed by doctors in the late 1970s, a teenage Paul was thrilled he could inject himself at home, freed of regular trips to the haemophiliac unit at Cardiff’s Royal Infirmary for …

London Bridge makes Riba Stirling Prize shortlist

The nominated buildings, he said, “could hardly be more diverse” yet had “ground-breaking innovation, extraordinary creativity and the highest quality materials” in common. Previous winners of the prize – first presented in 1996 – include Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre, Hastings Pier and the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh. Image copyright Ricky Jones Built almost entirely from cork and designed to be assembled by hand without mortar or glue, this private house in Eton emits next to zero carbon. The Riba Stirling Prize jury said it was “a structure of great ingenuity” that “harked back to a time when humans and nature were more intertwined”. Image copyright Tim Crocker This development of 105 energy-efficient homes in Norwich is the first council housing …

Mayor rejects plans for Tulip tower

The design did not constitute the very highest quality of design required for a building in the location The proximity, height and material would have a negative impact on the Tower of London World Heritage site The space around the proposed building was insufficient to be safe and to prevent overcrowding A lack of new cycle parking spaces failed to comply with the London Plan for transport Image copyright Foster + Partners Image caption The proposed skyscraper would have been the second tallest in London after the Shard The London Review Panel concluded The Tulip “does not represent world class architecture, it lacks sufficient quality and quantity of public open space, and its social and environmental sustainability do not match …