Category Archives: Art and Culture

Arguably the best piano in the world …

Fazioli pianos have become rightly renowned for the calibre of their sound, their workmanship and their technology. They are rare indeed but Nur Lounge at Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers features one of their special models – the M Liminal, designed … Continue reading

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Statues of Stature: Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street

Now this statue is instantly identifiable.  It is of course, our hero, the fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, standing puffing a pipe, outside of Baker Street Tube Station on the Marylebone Road. This bronze artwork was created by artist John Doubleday … Continue reading

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The Fourth Plinth of Trafalgar Square

There are four plinths on each of the corners of Trafalgar Square in central London. Three are in use and show statues of Henry Havelock, George IV and Charles James Napier. The fourth remained empty for over 150 years until … Continue reading

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A World in Miniature in Baku

In an inconspicuous space the size of an average sitting room lies one of the most intriguing collections I have even seen – Baku’s Museum of Miniature Books in Azerbaijan. Situated in the heart of the city’s ancient Inner City, an … Continue reading

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Date for the diary – Fishbourne Roman Palace

If you are looking for ways to spend the weekend away from the humdrum, then our “Dates for the Diary” series is for you. This week we take a look at Fishbourne Roman Palace, near Chichester. Dating back to late … Continue reading

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Azerbaijan Week – Zaha Hadid’s Baku Vision

Zaha Hadid has created – in my humble opinion of course – one of the most beautiful buildings in the world with the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre in Azerbaijan’s capital city, Baku. Sweeping curves twist around the visitor with no … Continue reading

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Azerbaijan Week – Khinalig – the highest village in Europe

If you are feeling adventurous and have a spare day to go exploring when next in Baku, Azerbaijan, then why not take a day trip to Khinalig, Europe’s highest village?  It’s the furthest excursion I could do to see something … Continue reading

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