Sunday, 17 October 2010

Amazon takes on publishers over eBook prices

Amazon has posted an open letter to Kindle owners on its website urging customers to 'vote with their purchaes' against publishers who set fixed prices for electronic editions.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Lorry crashes into Lyme Regis Hotel

Three people were injured when a Royal Mail Lorry crashed into the Mariners Hotel. Beatrix Potter wrote The Tale of Little Pig Robinson while staying at the Mariners Hotel when she was 17. Many of the illustrations are based on the spectacular scenery in and around Lyme Regis. Tracy Chevalier used the Mariners Hotel as one of the locations in Remarkable Creatures.
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Wednesday, 6 October 2010

£2m restoration plan for John Fowles' Lyme Regis house

The Landmark Trust has applied to West Dorset Council for Listed Building Consent for their plans to restore Belmont House to its eighteenth-century villa form as owned by Mrs Eleanor Coade (1733-1821), the remarkable businesswoman responsible for the invention of Coade stone.

In the 1880s, two large rear wings were added to the house by a local doctor. These became dilapidated and were largely removed in the 1960s. The Landmark Trust has concluded that the remnants of these later extensions so compromise the intent of the original eighteenth-century seaside villa that their removal is justified.

Once restored the building will be available for self-catering holidays for eight people, so assuring an income for its future maintenance. Working with the Lyme Regis Philpot Museum, the Landmark Trust also plans to open a museum room in the former coach house which will be devoted to the house’s past inhabitants.

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