Empty as a pocket

Saturday a week ago was Last Night of the Proms, capping off another fine summer of string, brass, woodwind and percussion. The annual classical concert season was its usual lavish musical overdose, eight brimming weeks of daily orchestras, chamber music and outdoor park events. Of the many things to admire about the Proms, my pick … Continue reading Empty as a pocket


The last Shangri-La

Bhutan’s forests, nearly three quarters of its total land area, have propelled it into an eco-warrior league of its own; Bhutan is the only carbon neutral country in the world. Actually, that’s not quite accurate, said its Prime Minister at a TED talk, Bhutan is carbon negative. The carbon dioxide generated is offset three times … Continue reading The last Shangri-La