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Gilbert & George: ‘We’re art’s outsiders. We never wanted to eat lasagne at other people’s houses’

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When I knock on their front door in Fournier Street in London’s Spitalfields, Gilbert and George have been in their studio since 7am painting the words “Oh My God” in capitals on 50 poster-sized boards for the Serpent...

‘Better ugly than boring’: book celebrates bizarre Belgian houses

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Ever since he was a child, Hannes Coudenys had been annoyed by the “visual chaos” around him. On the road from home to his school in Bruges, he found a mishmash of architectural styles – haciendas, villas, farm-style ...

Bean bandits: why teenagers are throwing baked beans at people’s houses

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Name: Beaning. Age: About a month old. Appearance: Just, like, loads and loads of baked beans. Well, this sounds delicious. It is anything but. Beaning is an act of cruel intimidation and the perpetrators are merchan...

Contents of Karl Lagerfeld’s eight houses up for grabs at Sotheby’s

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Dishes used to feed one of the world’s most pampered cats and hundreds of pairs of fingerless gloves will be among more than 1,000 lots at eight auctions selling the collection of Karl Lagerfeld, Sotheby’s has announc...

‘Who knows what the inside is like?’ The Australians buying houses they have never seen

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Erin Lyall has spent the past five weeks walking the streets of Sunbury via Google Street View, looking at houses. It’s not how she imagined buying her first home. But with Melbourne spending nine of the past 15 weeks...

Aragón region wants its ice houses preserved as Spanish cultural assets

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No two are alike: some look like stone igloos, others more like deep pits. Now a regional government in Spain wants some of its network of 500 ice houses officially declared as assets of cultural interest. During Euro...

Greece fires: 150 houses destroyed by wildfires as monks refuse to leave stricken island

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At least 150 houses have been destroyed by a raging fire that surrounded a monastery and a dozen villages on the Greek island of Evia, one of over 100 blazes burning in the country. Firefighters were also continuing t...

Cocktail of the week: Hertford House’s cedar bloom – recipe

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Taking inspiration from a cedar tree planted 20 years ago by our MD Daniel Shipton, this drink represents the spirit of Hertford House: fragrant strawberries and colourful Aperol come together to bring a hint of fun t...

The week in classical: Houses Slide; Manchester Collective x Edmund Finnis; Elias String Quartet

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In a week of flash floods, the world premiere of Houses Slide was all too timely. Who doesn’t currently feel they might be atop a crumbling cliff, metaphorical or otherwise. The composer Laura Bowler and librettist Co...

Seven people injured after explosion rips through houses in Kent

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Seven people have been injured, two of them seriously, after an explosion left a gaping hole in a row of houses in Kent, emergency services have said. Witnesses described feeling their homes shudder on Tuesday morning...

Houses of the holy: why the best temples aren’t always the grandest

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I am not a religious person. I do not like the hypocrisy; the weird uniforms, the commercial element; the fact that I might be put to a grisly death for loving a certain person, and then burn for eternity, etc. (Thoug...

Pioneering rewilding project faces ‘catastrophe’ from plan for new houses

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It is a place where rare white storks raise their chicks alongside peregrine falcons and purple emperor butterflies, where the trees are filled with endangered turtle doves and nightingales, and where the population o...

Donations, fees and sales: the funds that maintain the White House’s ‘museum quality’

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Jackie Kennedy first visited the White House as a girl. “All I remember is shuffling through,” she told Life magazine. “There wasn’t even a booklet you could buy.” When she became first lady, she set about transformin...