Dainis Linmeijers

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The Return of the King of Wines, Vino Nobile

After years of challenges, Tuscany's esteemed Vino Nobile di Montepulciano has finally turned a corner and is living up to its lofty reputation.<p>Vino …

Wine & Spirits

11 Of The Most Beautiful Opera Houses In The World

Opera houses—temples to the art of Mozart, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, and more—have been created by some of the most talented architects and designers of …

European Travel

Li Bingbing

Why gardening hero Getrude Jekyll should be on the new £20 note

Who should be depicted on the new £20 note? Ambra Edwards has no doubt<p>The British public has been invited to nominate a figure to feature on a new £20 note. The note is intended to “celebrate Britain’s achievements in the visual arts”, and there is considerable pressure for the candidate to be …

Arts and Crafts movement

Fiona Maddocks: best classical music of 2016

First the highs: the Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla raised spirits as new music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Chineke!, Europe’s first BME orchestra, really took off and witnessed the success of two younger members, both aged 17: cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason won …

Piano

Chen Man: Is this China's Annie Leibovitz? - CNN Style

China

Everything you need to know about Capability Brown

You might think you know lots about Capability Brown, the man who is very much of the moment in landscape gardening, owing to next year being his tercentenary.<p>But do you?<p>To prepare you for whatever Capability Brown-testing your gardening friends might offer you at dinner parties, this is the pocket …

The 17 insanely expensive and ornate winners at the 15th 'Watchmaking Oscars'

The awards have been dubbed the "Watchmaking's Oscars" by Forbes magazine, and it's a prestigious ceremony within the industry.<p>Below are the winners from the 15th ceremony. Check out the expensive and intricate watches that scooped the gongs below.

The slow decline of the garden gnome

In these difficult days, it’s only natural that we snatch at items of good news like kittens at ribbon. One such welcome and uplifting story is that the (artfully patched) bottom has fallen out of the garden gnome market. Sales of gnomes have halved in the last 10 years and there may only be five …

Gnomes

Introducing: The Frederique Constant Manufacture Perpetual Calendar, A Full Perpetual Calendar Under $10,000

If we had to pick one trend that seems to most characterize Baselworld 2016, it'd probably be the pursuit of better value for consumers – or at …

Country farm which inspired creation of Winnie the Pooh goes up for sale for £1.9m

The house was later bought by Brian Jones, a founding member of the Rolling Stones, in 1968<p>The country retreat which inspired Winnie-the-Pooh and was later the home where Rolling Stones star Brian Jones drowned has been put up for sale.<p>A young Christopher Robin Milne grew up at Cotchford Farm in …

Sculpted in Steel: Artful construction of automobiles - CNN Style

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Waze: The App That Changed Driving

"You mind if I take the tunnel? It's quicker." Every urbanite has heard some version of this, at some point, sitting in the back of a taxi. Few …

The art of heavy drinking

From the ancient world to today, artists have been drawn to the subject of boozing and carousing. Alastair Sooke investigates a long – but overlooked – love affair.<p>We are inside a tavern, in the boisterous company of 11 men and women engaging in lively relaxation. To the left, by the fireplace, a …

Alcohol

The euro was pointless

2015-11-11T18:34:15.000Z<p>By: Matthew C Klein<p>It’s easy to forget now, but the single currency wasn’t created purely as a political project.<p>Many …

Capability Brown's most amazing landscapes

TAG Heuer, Google Release First Swiss Luxury Smartwatch: All the Details

The Swiss are now officially making a smartwatch. On Monday in New York City, TAG Heuer unveiled the Connected Watch, a $1,500 Android Wear …

Patek Philippe 5016A Is Now The Most Expensive Wristwatch Ever Sold

At last weekend’s Only Watch charity auction, held in Geneva, a one-of-a-kind Patek Philippe sold for 7.3 million Swiss francs, making it the most …

Patek Philippe

A Point of View: Why gardening is really about digging your own grave

<b>Tending the weeds or mowing the lawn? You're really just grappling with your own mortality, says Will Self.</b><p>I remember when my mother was dying, the well-meaning psychotherapist attached to the oncology department gave her a cassette tape with a guided meditation on it. A warm and evenly-toned voice …

Why do men love model railways?

As Rod Stewart reveals that he always books a hotel room for his model railway, we ask the enthusiasts why these tiny tracks hold such a big place in many men's hearts<p>While promoting his new album, Rod Stewart has revealed a hobby that doesn't quite align with his leopard-print trousers or the …

New Albums

Is Nefertiti still buried in Tutankhamun’s tomb? Archaeologists examine a new theory

Tutankhamun has been in the news again, following online publication of Nicholas Reeves’s article that suggests that Tut’s tomb may still be keeping …

Ancient History

Scans suggest Queen Nefertiti may lie concealed in King Tut's tomb

New scans give 'further evidence' that Egypt's lost Queen Nefertiti may lie concealed in King Tutankhamun's tomb<p>High-resolution scans suggest the tomb of Ancient Egypt's boy-king Tutankhamun contains passages to two hidden chambers, including what one British archaeologist believes is the last …

Ancient History

On the hunt for the Nazi gold train: Inside the Polish tunnels that may hold the bullion

Claims that a long-lost train carrying Nazi gold is close to being found have brought excitement to a Polish town<p>There has always been a bit of gold in the steep, tree-decked hills around Walbrzych in southern <b>Poland.</b> Enough to prompt the opening of a few mines long ago, and enough for tourists to …

History

The tomb of Nefertiti, concealed within Tut’s?

Wouldn’t it be <i>great</i>?<p>News of a new theory that has been circulating since the end of July hit the mainstream media last week (see e.g. <i>The Economist</i>,</i> …

Google announces radical restructure with creation of new parent company called Alphabet

Technology giant will restructure its operations separating off YouTube and its search engine from its research divisions<p>Google has announced a massive corporate overhaul that will see the internet giant separate its core business from its ambitious research divisions and owned by a new company, …

Google Earth

Gnomes, paintings, dried flowers: this museum has everything a gardener loves

Garden Museum's new exhibition in London celebrates the quirky details and essential objects of everyday gardening<p>If you want a willing worker to mow your lawn and tend your flowers, you need look no further than the star of the Garden Museum’s latest exhibition.<p>Admittedly, he is not very tall, …

Gardening