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The Armada, Art and Advertising

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In 1592 Lord Howard of Effingham commissioned a series of ten tapestries to commemorate the defeat of the Spanish Armada (he was Lord High Admiral at the time). In 1616 he sold them to King James 1 for £1,628. By 1660 the tapestries had moved to the Royal Palace of Westminster, where they hung in…

A small victory for sea-life

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I worry about marine pollution. That it is less obvious to us than air pollution – the much talked about carbon problem, but that water is at least as important to life and we don’t know what harm we’re causing thousands of metres below the surface.  Think of that hundreds of miles-wide Great Pacific garbage…

When will an international train stop at “Stratford International”?

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I sit on the excitingly named “European Sub Committee B” which scrutinises European legislation to do with infrastructure. Currently we are looking at the “4th Railway Package” which is essentially about freeing up railway infrastructure so that it is easier for people to travel by train across Europe and easier for train companies of different…

Two heroines from St. Hugh’s

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It is 100 years today since Emily Davison ran in front of the King’s horse at the derby protesting over suffrage. She studied at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, of which I am an honorary fellow. Another graduate is Aung San Suu Kyi, who fought for Burmese democracy and visited the Lords earlier this year. Both…