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LIFESTYLE

FIRST CLASS

New London attraction

celebrates the postal service

and its history

London’s newest heritage attraction,

The Postal Museum and Mail Rail,

opens its doors on 28th July in

Phoenix Place, Clerkenwell.

Celebrating the surprising and

quirky history of Britain’s earliest

social network, the post, the

museum contains five interactive

zones, leading visitors through

five centuries of curiosities and

providing a different view on

a number of the world’s most

significant historical events.

Once visitors have taken in

the museum, they cross the

street to descend into the old

engineering depot of the 100-year-

old Post Office railway – Mail

Rail – boarding a miniature

train designed to transport them

through its stalactite-filled tunnels.

The interactive train ride stops

at the platforms of the original

Mount Pleasant station, where an

impressive audio-visual display takes

riders back in time, giving an insight

into how the network kept post

coursing through London for up to

22 hours a day.

WWW.POSTALMUSEUM.ORG

BOOK REVIEW

Mediterranean – A year around a charmed

and troubled sea

By Huw Kingston

On 26th April, 2014,

Australian adventurer and

environmentalist Huw

Kingston kayaked away from

Anzac Cove at Gallipoli,

Turkey. It would be the start

of a year-long Mediterranean

circumnavigation that would

see him taking in the sights of some of Europe and

northern Africa’s most stunning sea and landscapes –

from Greece and Croatia to Italy and Tunisia.

The story of that journey by sea kayak, foot, ocean

rowboat and bike now forms the engaging and

insightful book

Mediterranean – A year around a

charmed and troubled sea

. It’s a story of enthusiasm

for the Mediterranean and the sheer willpower it took

to complete the circular route whilst overcoming its

many challenges. The book also gives a beautifully-

written account of the people the author met along

the way, and paints an evocative picture of the

landscapes encountered. The chapters, corresponding

to the months of Kingston’s travels, chart his course

as he explains some of the trials en route. From the

winter storms as he rowed 1,500km across the guts of

the Mediterranean from Tunisia – despite never having

rowed in his life – to three months trekking the full

length of the European Alps, including an ascent of

Mont Blanc to boot.

Kingston’s 13,000km human-powered journey

through 17 countries also allowed him to raise funds

for the children of war-torn Syria – in the process

becoming Save the Children Australia’s highest-ever

individual fundraiser.

The book is a wonderful example of the steely

determination and optimism that sees him pick his end

point and move heaven and earth to reach it.

£19.99, Whittles Publishing

WWW.WHITTLESPUBLISHING.COM

IN QUOTES...

PAUL SMITH

The iconic British designer has

changed the face of menswear during

his 40+ year career, and knows a thing

or two about being good in business.

“It’s about goosebumps, really, about

inspiration as well as design, about

people coming out and saying,

‘Wow, I can do that’: not necessarily

fashion, but anything.”

“Try to have confidence in

yourself but keep your feet on the

ground. Remember that life is not

about financial gain – it's about

camaraderie, friendship, love,

conversation and helping others.

And that it is OK to say please and

thank you and even to hold open a

door for someone – just do it!”

“A lot of the problem with being

called an ‘architect’ or a ‘designer’ is

the burden of the word itself.”

SUMMER