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Archant Developers are now including on-site co-working facilities in residential builds to accommodate the needs of the growing number of home-workers Co-work spaces are becoming increasingly vital in property development As working life creeps into the domestic setting, developers are responding to the change in how people are using their homes and are introducing on-site co-working spaces into residential developments.
Archant We chat to five local designers and artists who tell us about the one thing they must have or do at home that puts them in the Christmas mood Rebecca Cadbury works out of her home studio in Muswell Hill Rebecca Cadbury Rebecca is a designer and craftsman based in Muswell Hill who makes limited edition soft furnishing and accessories.
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Wondering what charity events are coming up? If you would like to experience some of the best buildings, monuments and famous landmarks London sightseeing has to offer, as well as get involved with a good cause that serves the north London community, the Big Fun Walk on Sunday May 5 ticks all boxes.
Archant New Forest is full of enchanting beauty any time of year. Zita Whalley escapes London for a weekend filled with good food, long walks and fresh country air In the heart of the New Forest, boutique hotel Burley Manor is Heritage Listed It's hard staying cooped up indoors during these cold months.
Archant Secure your home from theft and intruders this Christmas with these straightforward home security tips Consider home automation or a wireless home security system Although Christmas is filled with lights and sparkle, the holiday comes long after the clocks turn back and the wintery nights set in.
Jo Randall For young families looking to leave London, Great Chesterford is an easy commute to the capital, Cambridge and a selection of good schools, providing the best of both country and city living The village of Great Chesterford is ideal for growing families and young couples.
If you want to get into the most exclusive nightclubs, casinos and restaurants in Russia, read these tips on how to get around Face Control and tough bouncers.
Discover the Nenets, one of Russia's indigenous people, native to the far north above the Arctic Circle. Learn about their traditional customs and ways of life.
Before man landed on the moon or orbited the Earth, Soviet Russia sent stray dogs into space, making mongrels the first space pioneers and astronauts.
Throughout the Soviet era, Russian cuisine went from riches to rags, reflecting the period's social and economic circumstances.
A Russian masterpiece has been damaged by a man who claimed to be under the influence of alcohol in one of Moscow's top galleries.
From mountain ranges to endless lakes, from architecture and design to remote, wild scenery, here are some of the most breathtaking destinations to visit in Russia.
New technology has discovered that a wooden totem found in Siberia over 100 years ago is, in fact, much older than previously thought - stunning the scientific community.
Throughout the Soviet Union, Russian youth culture managed to subvert the communist regime. From the black marketeers to musicians and fans, here are some of the most heartening stories of dissidence.
Slathered in mayonnaise and filled with potatoes, beets and carrots, Russian salads are a treat not to miss.
The Tatar language is one of the official languages of Tatarstan, despite its tumultuous history. However, it will have to overcome new obstacles if it doesn't want to fade from existence.
The term 'glasnost' refers to the Soviet Communist Party reform that aimed to open up the USSR, but actually led to its demise and the formation of the Russian Federation.
World War II is known as the Great Patriotic War in Russia because of the devastating attack by Hitler's Germany on the Soviet Union.
The young people behind the anti-Stalin underground of the 1940s and 1950s were united by the collective desire to overthrow the Soviet dictator's regime and reinstate the more idealistic communist beliefs of Stalin and Marx.
The Stilyagi were Soviet Russia's youth counterculture during the 1950s who were obsessed with Western youth culture, music, and fashion.
Bone music was born out of the Russian youth to share and listen to illegal Western music in the Soviet Union. With little resources to assist them, young Soviets pressed music into old X-rays and sold them on the black market.
Find out about Khrushchev's ground-breaking speech as Stalin's successor - one that condemned the communist leader and the Soviet government.
Decades of erosion has turned waste and pollution into a rare beautiful colourful beach, at Ussuri bay, near Vladivostok in Russia's Far East.
At the end of the Soviet Union, Russia fell in love with the newly imported Mexican and South American soap operas.
Vladimir Vysotsky was the 'heart and soul' of the Soviet nation and is still loved today by Russians. Discover the lyrical prowess and voice which won over a nation.
Find out which well-known films will never been seen on the silver screen in Russia.
At the end of the Soviet Union, the former Communist states tried to rid themselves of reminders of occupation. Thousands of Lenin statues were toppled and vandalized and ended up in some pretty strange places.
Depending on context, an adequate French substitute for this uniquely Russian vulgarity would be putain. In English, it would be similar to the f-word, or any one of the creative slang phrases used to describe a thing or a situation that is an utter disaster.
People are setting fire to chocolate all over Russia and posting it on the internet. Apparently, just a single matchstick can spark a chocolaty blaze. Vloggers are reporting that when on fire, these Russian-made chocolate bars give off a plastic-like smell, which they claim supports their theory that the chocolate is rubbish.
Russia's imposing capital is increasing foreign-language tourist services to make its sprawl more accessible and easier to navigate. Visitors will be able to bask in the city's historical wealth. English-speaking tourist police (and a handful of French, German, Chinese and Spanish-speaking officers), will be available to help those who are lost and perplexed by this epic metropolis.
Originally hailing from Yekaterinburg, Timofey Radya has now relocated to Moscow to work off the capital's urban sprawl. As well as working with the city's infrastructure and landscape, the artist frequently uses text to convey his point.
The film emerged out of the Constructivist art movement of the early 20th century. This school of thought believed art should reflect the modern, industrialised world and should serve the greater, collective good. As a movement that embraced the future, Constructivism welcomed technology and pushed design and artistic boundaries.
Not just the coldest place in Russia, but a contender for the coldest place in the world, the temperature in this little village in Yakutia (otherwise known as the Sakha Republic) dipped to a blistering -68°C in 1933. This is the coldest temperature recorded in a permanently inhabited place.
It started with a collaboration between the creative minds of STENOGRAFFIA, a Russia-wide street art festival, and the Moscow-based creative agency Possible. The two groups wanted to create an opportunity for sight-impaired individuals to interact with the city of Yekaterinburg.
Twelve-year-old boy Alyosha goes missing while his parents are at the angry beginnings of a messy divorce. Both adults are consumed by the throes of new love and their bitter hatred for the other, and they are keen to embark on a new life with their respective new lovers without the child that forced them together.
Through the painstaking efforts of Vychuzhanina, Barbie and Ken have found themselves hanging out in an old Soviet communal apartment that appears to be set sometime circa the 1980s. Despite being young enough to not have any proper memory of the USSR, Vychuzhanina manages to capture a mood and atmosphere that is delightfully kitsch and nostalgic.
The remake of this American long-running favourite was so true to the original, the Russian cast were almost doppelgangers of their American counterparts. How I Met Your Mothe r Russified fairly smoothly. Perhaps this was due in part to the original's archetypal characters and exaggerated style, which lent itself well to Russia's penchant for slapstick.
Lenin's body is kept in a pristine state (or as pristine as a corpse can be), under precise temperature and lighting conditions. Scientists say it is possible to continue preserving his body for centuries to come if the right environment is maintained. Such conditions don't come cheap.
Still cultural heroes, Kino was lead by the enigmatic Viktor Tsoi who was also the group's main songwriter. As the Soviet Union opened up during perestroika and glasnost, Tsoi embodied the new-found freedom society was experiencing. The band came out of the Leningrad scene (now St.
Upon the revolutionary Tsar's return from his formative European tour, Peter the Great set about implementing reform that he believed would modernise his nation. He brought about educational, economic and social overhauls that would steer Russia away from its bucolic past and towards a more Westernised future.
It may seem a little incongruous to create wearable sculptures out of paper, but the tension between the work's fragility and wearability is much of the appeal. And it appears Asya thinks so, too. The artist has been making wigs, costumes and objects out of the material since she was a little girl.
One of the scene's mega stars, Oxxymiron, aka Miron Fyodorov, has made his name with intelligent lyricism, social commentary and his use of form. Fyodorov grew up in Germany and England and went on to study English literature at Oxford. The time spent living in England has influenced his rapping style.
Fitting for a millennial upsurge, rap's momentum was born online. Superstar Pharaoh came out of the YungRussia crew - an online collective of young Russians who were at the helm of the nation's youth culture scene, and who came together over their appreciation of hip-hop.
One of Russia's longest reigning rulers, Catherine the Great served her people well from 1762-1796. She only came into power after she colluded to dethrone her unpopular husband, a move that would then place her at the helm. As one of Russia's most revered leaders, she championed the arts during her time on the throne.
During his tenure as a senior expert in criminalistics at the USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs, Arkady Bronnikov documented the tattoos of prisoners. For 20 years from the mid-1960s, Bronnikov travelled across the Ural region uncovering the codified language of Soviet prison tattoos.
There’s no question about it: the Trans-Siberian is one of the world’s greatest train adventures. That’s not to say, however, that it’s the only epic journey in Russia. Often overlooked, this vast nation has many other immense train trips that will take you through breathtaking scenery for days. Here are some of them.
A nation as immense and diverse as Russia beckons a traveller to get on the road and explore as much of it as possible – as well as rugged coastlines and ancient mountains, there are vast plains, lakes and open steppes to discover. Here’s our pick of the most epic road trips across Russia.
What remains of the former Soviet penal system - a nationwide network of forced labour camps where dissidents, political adversaries, criminals, and those who were religiously persecuted were imprisoned - are often found in towns now struggling to exist without them.
Like saunas and public bathhouses elsewhere, people generally strip off to use them. While this may seem a little odd or confronting for people coming from countries where public bathing and steam rooms aren't really a thing, it would be more strange for you to wear a swimsuit than to not wear one.
Challenging the old image, Maxim Ilinov is an artist, rapper and Cossack that puts a very contemporary spin on his very traditional culture. Ilinov says he is a proud Cossack man and wants to share his traditions and culture with the world.
Grandfather Frost is Russia's fur-cloaked and red-robed Father Christmas equivalent. In Russia, the end-of-year festivities hinge on the New Year rather than Christmas, and so each year he puts gifts under the New Year's tree for children. According to legend, he is the 2,000-year-old Slavic wizard of winter.
When the Bolsheviks captured the last tsar of Russia - Nicholas Romanov - and his family, they were given orders to execute all of them. Amid the Russian Revolution, the Romanovs faced the firing squad in July 1918, where their executors supposedly killed them, ending Russia's royal lineage.
A true story, @svetlanko69 documents the daily life of a family and their pet bear, with glamour-shot style snaps of the animal. Rescued from a poorly equipped circus, Stephan, the bear, was adopted into the family in 1993 as a five year old that was suffering from neglect.
In attempt to reduce large bills issued to parents for sometimes suspect performers, the cities of Novosibirsk, Kirov and Samara will only allow parents or teachers to dress up as the legendary winter character as part of school organised festivities. However, actors can also dress up as the snowy old man, if they get prior approval from parents.
Hundreds of sanatoriums are scattered throughout Russia and the post-Soviet states. They are found in places with an abundance of healing natural resources - particularly areas that have a reputation for healing ailments. The therapeutic effects of these natural surroundings form the basis of sanatorium treatments.
The Empire's first legitimate tsar, Ivan the Terrible (or formidable or awe inspiring, depending on translation nuances), expanded Russian territory and power with considerable force. Under his orders, the city of Kazan was razed during the Siege of Kazan in 1552, and it and the region - now known as Tatarstan - fell under his rule.
A name that was decided on in a hurry, 130 Miles in the Opposite Direction on an Old Vespa (130 Miles), may be hard to translate, yet the trio's tunes are easy on the ear.
After extensive renovations, the world renowned theatre has now reopened, and once again it is staging the outstanding ballet and opera productions that established it as a global cultural stalwart. Restored to enhance its Baroque, opulent glory, the theatre has been operating since 1856 and has survived bombings, wars and several fires.
Moscow-based photographer @ted.ns captures the magnificence of his epic home city, as well as taking a pretty good holiday snap when travelling around Russia too. Expect to find shots that capture the aesthetically pleasing geometry of Moscow's buildings as well as the city's scale.
The happy accident was discovered 1,000 kilometres (621 miles) south of Moscow, when three sets of identical twins signed up to the force almost at the same time. Training to deal with hostage situations, demonstrations and other volatile, unpredictable situations, a high level of trust and clarity between team members is required.
Inside the strict Soviet Union, which valued uniformity across cultural aspects, these bus stops often utilised materials easily accessible in the local area to create individualistic structures, unique to their region. Bus stops were one way artists could make money. So many of them grabbed the resources at hand and went to town with their creativity.
A string of 160-odd volcanoes (of which around 29 are still active), and the UNESCO-protected Valley of Geysers (a 6 kilometre (3.7 mile) stretch of geysers and hot springs) define the dramatic landscape and adventure to be found in the Kamchutka Peninsula, above the Arctic Circle.
Kazan The land of comfort foods, such as soups, dumplings, lashes of mayonnaise and pancakes, Russia offers up filling, rich foods designed to keep people warm through winters. As the capital of Tatarstan and Russian hipsters, Kazan has all this and more.
Shaped like a hammer and sickle, this residential complex was originally designed for the People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs (NKVD), the Soviet Union's secret police force. In the heart of Yekaterinburg, the extensive complex contained dormitories, residential and public buildings, including cultural centres, health and educational facilities.
Perhaps a continuation on from the Moscow Actionism of the 90s, Pavlensky's performances are extreme, outrageous and somewhat concise. His ardent opposition to the state and unwavering criticism of government institutions has seen him tow a fine line between extremist, artist and mutineer in his unapologetic and unwavering acts of protest.
In 1991, the early days of the Russian Federation, members of the group Expropriation of the Territory of Art (ETI) lay down in Red Square to spell out the Russian profanity that is used as slang for both a rooster and penis.
Four bronze soldiers stand representing the allied powers of Britain, France, the Soviets and America against the Nazis. While the West is often portrayed as the World War II victors who defeated the Nazi army, here Russians are the heroes of the Great Patriotic War, the Russian title for the same conflict.
Pelmeni are moreish little parcels filled with meat, usually pork, or fish. Traditionally a dish native to the Urals, you can and will find these dumplings everywhere in Russia. Brought into Ural cuisine by indigenous people, it is suggested they started off as an adaptation of the Chinese wonton, brought into Siberia and the Urals by the Mongols.
British bands of the '60s and '70s, namely the Beatles (particularly influential in World Cup host nation Russia), the Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, T-Rex, Slate and Sweet were key in humanising the West in young Soviet eyes. Their energetic and upbeat music conflicted with the Soviet portrayal of life on the other side of the Iron Curtain, placating fears constructed by the government.
There were several reasons why the Soviet Union closed off a city or town. If a community had a military base, was major industry hub, contained an arms plant or hosted a nuclear research organisation, the government imposed restrictions.
Despite national devastation, Yekaterinburg escaped much of the financial crisis of the early 1990s thanks to the many factories and plants that were relocated to the city during World War II. This comparative financial security attracted a lot of bratki, or mafia, to the city who were on the hunt for personal wealth.
It is believed one of the key things that bound Russia and mayonnaise together was the Parisian-style bistro called the Hermitage that catered to Moscow's oligarchs and wealthy set during the 1860s. Headed by Lucien Olivier, one of their signature dishes was a mayo-drenched salad that quickly became popular with the restaurant's regulars, despite its appearance.
The city was founded in 1723 by Peter the Great who saw great economic potential in exploiting the natural wealth of the Ural Mountains, and the Tsar named the city after his wife, Catherine. One of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, the Urals are rich in iron ore, coal and precious stones.
If you wander down near banks of the Iset River in the centre of World Cup host city Yekaterinburg, you will find a life-sized statue - cookie-cutter outlines based on photographs of the Fab Four playing live - set against a wall inscribed with The love you take is equal to the love you make, taken from 'The End', one of the songs from Abbey Road.
Designed in 1924 by Russian artist and architect, El Lissiky, the Cloud Iron was a series of eight identical horizontal L-shaped buildings that were never actualised. They were, however, set to punctuate the main intersections of the Boulevard Ring, Moscow 's middle ring road.
Originally labelled as a Viennese beer, Zhigulevskoye was true to the style - golden, crisp and subtlety malty. Made with a high calibre of raw ingredients and water from the Volga, which at that time was revered for its cleanliness and fresh taste, the beer brand began to make a name for itself.
Fresh from oracle duties at the 2017 Confederations Cup (a kind of test competition for the World Cup), Hermitage Cat Achilles, is set to return to work once again in 2018. One-year-old Achilles's sociable character and unflappable nature suggested to Hermitage staff that he was a strong candidate for the role, along with his unusual behaviours and capability for analysis.
A global hit, sold over 63 million tickets in Russia and pulled in over 29 million rubles, making it the first and biggest Bollywood hit in Soviet times. It was directed by and featured Raj Kapoor, one of Bollywood's greats and a Soviet heart throb.
Captain and deckhand Matros and Botswain are viral sensations and the cutest sailors in the VODOHOD Russian River Cruises crew. They are also cats.
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When in Kazan, you don't need to spend a fortune to get a satisfying, delicious meal - whether Tatar food or hearty Russian staples, you can find a cuisine to suit your budget. In town and looking for a quick, cheap bite? Then make sure to check out these affordable restaurants, cafes and canteens.
Slightly more expensive than other restaurants on the list, this spot is a premium burger joint and one of the first in the city. Most burgers on the menu are under USD$8, so the food is still affordable. The menu is extensive, there are even a few options for the vegetarian burger lovers.
Puri has several locations around Samara, and is the best option if you want a filling Georgian dinner, or a freshly baked kachapuri bread for lunch or even breakfast. For burgers and craft beer try Parburg, Samara's first burger bar. Relaxed and laidback, it is a friendly option for a casual bite or drink.
An institution in Kazan's nightlife scene, Sol has music on almost every day of the week, including a regular Thursday jazz jam session for local musicians. This also is a great place to catch national electronica DJs when they pass through town too.
There are operators working out of the Yamal Peninsula offering tours to see the continuing practice of reindeer herding and the traditions of the Nenents, the region's indigenous people and one of the best preserved aboriginal cultures in Russia.
A charming and eclectic little museum of knick-knacks and kitsch cultural relics from life behind the Iron Curtain, this institution houses objects mainly from the 1970s and 1980s. Located in a former communal apartment that could house up to 20 people (the signature domestic set up of Soviet times, where multiple families lived together), it was founded in the early 1990s, after the collapse of the USSR.
Opened in 2009, this gallery exhibits contemporary paintings, sculpture, video art and photography from both European and Russian established and emerging artists. Since its beginnings it has worked regularly with the Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art, as well acting as the intermediary between local contemporary artists and art fairs and galleries across Europe and Russia.
For anybody who has suffered a premature or unexpected death of a loved one, Andrew Dominik's One More Time With Feeling will open tenuous wounds. The film documents Nick Cave as he works on his latest album, The Skeleton Tree, while he is bewildered and broken by heartache in the aftermath of the untimely death of his 16-year-old son Arthur.
Stockholm based architect firm Belatchew Architects, have designed an urban cricket farm with the aim of demonstrating how Stockholm could become sustainable in its animal protein production, while reducing carbon emissions at the same time. The concept, BuzzBuilding, offers 10 350m2 of farmable surface, intended for the cultivation of crickets.
Perhaps one of the more appealing aspects to matinee performances is the increased number of children in the audience. Their brutal honesty and loquaciousness makes for tough and free flowing commentary, as the children in the matinee performance of Blanca Li's Robot at The Barbican demonstrated.
Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, the husband and wife duo who go by the name Shovel and Rope, make working with your partner look not only effortless, but enjoyable too.
Before James Cook washed ashore, Indigenous Australians had been eating insects for thousands of years. Found buried at the root of Witchetty bushes in central Australia, Witchetty grubs were gathered by women and children. Along with other native insects, the grub's high-protein, high-fat value have provided sustenance to Australia's first people throughout the passage of time.
David Bowie's passing sent shockwaves across the globe. As fans around the world paid tribute to a beloved music legend through artistic expression, vigils and collective sing-alongs, the music charts revealed how adulation and grief can convert into commercial success.
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Described as "a uniquely talented musician" by Philip Glass, Calvin Bowman is one of Australia's most accomplished organists. He has presented the complete JS BACH organ works twice, including a single 17- hour sitting, for which he was nominated for a Helpmann Award.
Conductor Patrick Miller is impassioned about educating younger generations in music. Having conducted the Tasmanian, Queensland and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras as well as Orchestra Victoria, since 2010 he has added Artistic Director of Patma Music Family Concerts to his list of accolades. In this role, Patrick delivers concerts which aim to educate, engage and inspire children.
For your recent Melbourne Recital Centre concert you played Mahler's 4th symphony arranged for chamber ensemble. What is it like performing such a grand composition with such a small group? The particular arrangement of Mahler's 4th that we performed was done by Klaus Simon in 2007.
We may not all be racist, but we are a racist nation. It's time we started asking more constructive questions. Whenever Australia unequivocally demonstrates that we, as a nation, are racist (like this time, this time and this time), we refuse to acknowledge that reality in order to find a solution.