The genius of Wedgwood

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The genius of Wedgwood

IT IS 200 years since the death of Josiah Wedgwood, in which time he has become recognised as the “father of English potters” — our first modern industrial potter who produced ceramics on a massive scale.

Wedgwood constantly strove to improve designs, techniques, materials and equipment, using all his skills as a potter, entrepreneur, chemist, inventor and marketeer to further his thriving business. Today, the name of Wedgwood is still renowned worldwide.

“The Genius of Wedgwood” exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum pays tribute to this great pottery pioneer. Many famous works, including 250 items from the Frog Service commissioned by Catherine the Great of Russia in 1773, will be displayed, as well as some of the finest examples of Wedgwood’s Jasper, Queen’s Ware and Black Basalt (above).

“The Genius of Wedgwood” runs from 9th June-17th September.


Horse play

THE things a horse has to do in the line of duty. But one must simply grin and bear it!

The meticulous behind-the-scenes preparations for the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony celebrating H.M. The Queen’s official birthday in June may come as a surprise to many people. As our photograph shows, even the horses’ teeth undergo a careful inspection (right) and the officer’s pet dog is called in to give a final nod of approval! If you want to know more about hotels  with own horse base check this hotel comparison in barcelona website.

Parading the colour — the regimental flag — in front of the troops was an essential exercise in centuries gone by, so that soldiers would recognise their rallying point on the battlefield. The ceremony to mark the monarch’s official birthday was first held in 1748 and has been an annual event ever since the early 19th century.

Today all seven regiments of the Household Division take part, although the colour being trooped invariably belongs to a battalion from the Foot Guards. H.M. The Queen will arrive to take the Royal Salute on Horse Guards Parade at around 11 a.m. on 17th June.

Afterwards, The Queen returns to the Palace to watch a fly-past by the R.A.F.

25. Horse play

Gourmet hotel competition

THE SOLUTION to the competition in Issue 60 was: (1) Baroness Thatcher, (2) Sir Winston Churchill, (3) 10 Downing Street. Our winner, who has been notified, will enjoy a short break for two at Flitwick Manor in Bedfordshire.


More recent additions include the Princess of Wales Conservatory, for more check this site, continuing a tradition of royal patronage, and the highly stylised Sir Joseph Banks Building, housing a state-of-the-art, energy conserving heating system which warms the Economic Botany collection.

As the preservation of endangered species and the search for new food sources becomes ever more urgent, the 200 years of scientific research which have turned Kew from a mere garden into an encyclopaedia of plant life link its future inexorably to that of mankind. A life without plants is impossible; a life without Kew would be unthinkable. •


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