The Eastern Market, Washington’s original and premier food and arts market. Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times
Weekend in ... Washington DC

  While most Americans associate Capitol Hill with congressional misadventures and general dysfunction, thousands of people – senators, re(...)

Ronald Reagan: old enough to have known Marilyn Monroe, but was he old enough to have known Thomas Jefferson? Photograph: AP

The Christian Science Monitor asked somewhat bemusedly in a recent article, “Why is John F Kennedy still so popular?”In Ireland, at least until recent(...)

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington: “The fanatics barricaded in the Capitol dug in, determined to tear down what their idols, the founding fathers, had built.” Photograph: Getty Images

An ape sits where Abe sat.The year is 2084, in the capital of the land formerly called north America. The peeling columns of the Lincoln Memorial, and(...)

Great Dixter, East Sussex; August 2012, from The New English Garden, by Tim Richardson. Photograph: Andrew Lawson
Grounds to note

I’ve ordered myself a notebook. Not any old notebook, mind you, but a proper, grown-up Moleskine notebook of the kind once beloved of the late travel (...)

Andrea Jones photographing the gardens at Ballyfin House, Co Laois. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Flick through the pages of any glossy British or American gardening magazine and you’ll almost certainly come across the work of award-winning photogr(...)

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