Friday May 3
The Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary
The world over, spring time is associated with fabulous weather, lush green trees and a landscape teeming with blooming flowers.
This is Gloucestershire
Review: As You like It, Stratford Upon Avon
My heart sank. As courtiers set up a hand-jiving ballet on a sparse set behind the wicked Duke Ferdinand, I remembered with a shudder an old production that set The Magic Flute under a motorway flyover among hand-jiving drop-outs. Maybe that was the point.
Best time to visit Ponte Vecchio
Ponte Vecchio, the oldest of Florence's six bridges, is one of the city's best known images.
Thank God for Rio
Thank God for Rio. This has been the most boring, depressing, empty, dreary, pointless weekend since, since, since, er, let me think, the last time all Prem games were cancelled.
Tough tasks for new Bulgaria cabinet
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has told the BBC that the interim government he appointed on Tuesday must turn Bulgaria in a new direction, towards transparency, efficiency, and cooperation.