Although the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and colloidal silver solution have both been called “snake oil” because of their unsuitability as Covid treatments, actual snake oil – squalene from the livers of pythons – “has been credibly proposed by scientists for use in Covid vaccines”, says Caitjan Gainty in The Conversation.
This three-bedroom cottage in the ancient Buckinghamshire village of Brill, 12 miles from Oxford, has exposed beams, oak floors and a distinctive glass-paned Victorian shopfront. There’s a garage at the end of the courtyard garden and the nearby Pointer does cracking pub grub. £530,000.
Once part of a Victorian infirmary near Brunswick Park, in Camberwell, southeast London, St Giles Tower has been turned into 18 flats. This light-filled one-bedder on the first floor has high ceilings, a rainforest shower and a parking space. Catch the bus to Oval Tube station. £375,000.
The country house
You’ll see rabbits, squirrels and deer from your sofa at Lakeland House, a stone’s throw from the southern shore of Windermere. The four-bedroom house is set in 3.5 acres, with oak, beech and cherry trees that put on a blazing display in autumn. There’s a separate two-bedroom lodge, a garage and a boat mooring nearby. £1.5m.
The Cotswolds? Charleston? No, Ash Tree Cottage is in Sydenham Hill, a surprisingly leafy corner of southeast London. The handsome Georgian house has four bedrooms, a light-filled kitchen and an art studio in the gorgeous garden. It’s a 15-minute walk to Forest Hill station. £2m.
There are views of Prague Castle from the two terraces at this penthouse in the Czech capital’s old town. The six-bedroom property has been lavishly restored, with solid wood floors, extravagant chandeliers and original Renaissance beams. $5.18m.
Noted 03.09 Banksy
The Banksy painting that partially shredded itself in 2018, after being sold at auction for £1.1m, is going back under the hammer in October. The asking price? Between £4m and £6m.
Next year we shall be living in a country
That brought its soldiers home for lack of money.
The statues will be standing in the same
Tree-muffled squares, and look nearly the same.
Our children will not know it’s a different country.
All we can hope to leave them now is money.
From Homage to a Government by Philip Larkin
Five of the best
Heydar Aliyev Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan
This curvaceous cultural centre in the Azerbaijani capital opened in 2012, just over two decades after Azerbaijan achieved independence from Russia. Designed by Zaha Hadid, it makes a striking contrast with the monumental Soviet architecture that dominates much of the city.
Zeitz Museum, Cape Town, South Africa
British starchitect Thomas Heatherwick has turned a 1920s grain silo on Cape Town’s V&A waterfront into an African version of Tate Modern. The spectacular atrium retains the concrete tubes that once held wheat and corn.
Shanghai Museum of Astronomy, China
The world’s largest astronomy museum opened in July, with attractions including an observatory, a planetarium and a 78ft solar telescope. Designed by New York architects Ennead to resemble the cosmos, it has no straight lines or right angles.
V&A Dundee, Scotland
The V&A’s Scottish outpost opened in 2018 on the banks of the Tay and attracted more than 830,000 visitors in its first year. Inspired by the cliffs of northeast Scotland, it was designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and cost £80m to build.
Military History Museum, Dresden, Germany
Daniel Libeskind transformed this classical building with a five-storey glass, steel and concrete addition that bisects the original structure and evokes the bombing of Dresden in 1945. A viewing platform at the top provides panoramic views of the city.
Noted 03.09 Queen
The latest protocol for when the Queen dies decrees that flags across Whitehall should be lowered to half-mast within 10 minutes. Downing Street is worried that this might be impossible: it does not employ a full-time flag officer and cannot guarantee that anyone in the building would know how to lower a flag.
It’s back… geometric fashion
Steeped in 1980s nostalgia, Zara’s latest range of geometrics offers Gucci-style glamour at high-street prices. Tulle trousers, £27.99, printed organza dress, £49.99, and tunic set with bralette and briefs, £59.99.
A ray of sunshine… from Nkuku
Add warmth to your living space with this ochre armchair, yours for £975. Hand-crafted in cotton velvet and mango wood, it has a detachable slumber cushion for serious lounging. Based in Devon, Nkuku sells sustainable furniture made by artisans worldwide.
We’re loving… Superfood skincare
Elemis’s Superfood range will leave your skin glowing, says Glamour. The Matcha Eye Dew, £30, made with hydrating kiwi fruit, honey melon and matcha tea, “reduces puffiness and boosts brightness instantly”.
It’s cosy… Poetry cashmere
Prepare for autumn with this ribbed funnel-neck sweater in recycled cashmere. Poetry is a London firm producing classic, clean-cut designs in Italian wool, including cardigans, coats, berets and scarves. Choose from four colourways: ice pearl, cloud blue, soft blush and charcoal. £269.
They’re cool… Chilly’s bottles
Chilly’s has teamed up with Parisian artist Agathe Singer to create two limited-edition 500ml bottles, Blue Cat and Wiggling Flowers, £30 each. They’ll keep your drink warm for 12 hours or cool for 24.
Back in the 1990s, when Boris Johnson was still a journalist, he represented The Daily Telegraph in a “tabloids v broadsheets” edition of University Challenge. The long-buried episode resurfaced this week and I can’t think Boris will be happy, says Ian Gallagher in The Mail on Sunday. Especially given the tabloids won.
When his wife became Queen, Prince Philip was puzzled to see an unopened bottle of whisky placed by the monarch’s bed every night, says Matthew Parris in The Times. It was removed, unopened, every morning. The reason? Apparently her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria, once had a cold. The royal physician recommended a tot before bed and palace staff were instructed accordingly. Nobody had rescinded the instruction, “and if succeeding monarchs had even noticed the routine, none had bothered to query it”. Philip abolished it at once.