Emma Townshend
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Emma Townshend
Emma Townshend is an English writer, journalist, musician and lecturer, and the elder daughter of The Who's Pete Townshend. She has taught courses since being a postgraduate at Cambridge in 1994, most recently for the Department of Continuing Education in Oxford. Townshend also appears as a regular guest on radio and TV including the World Service, Woman's Hour, A Hard Act to Follow, and Newsnight.
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The unfamiliar is all around Wisley this year - The Independent
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What on earth did gardeners do before smartphones? Here we are, on a glorious late-summer Monday morning at RHS Wisley, and we're walking along the flower beds taking photos of the stupendous planting, tapping in the plant labels and
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Honey monsters: 'The scent of phlox has turned me into a beaming Winnie-the-Pooh' - The Independent
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Wandering through Hampton Court Flower Show earlier this summer, I was distracted by the strong smell of honey. Up until that moment I'd been carefully following the elaborate showground map to find my way to a friend's stall – but,
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The late late show: Sarah Raven reveals that August isn't just for hacking ... - The Independent
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It's a hot old day when we stop in at the Waterlily House at Kew Gardens, where the gardener is pushing a barrow load of prunings and deadheaded blooms. "How many days' worth is that?" I wonder aloud. "Two or three," she smiles in
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You're my best budd: Why I love my 'butterfly bush' - The Independent
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Buddleia is almost always accidental. The so-called "butterfly bush" is one of those plants that successfully seeds itself all along every London railway line, so you can't fail to spot its purple spikes this time of year if you
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Give the devil his due: 'Lucifer' has never looked more appealing - The Independent
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Last summer I went on a guided garden walk of Elephant & Castle, one of south London's most, ahem, "improving" neighbourhoods. The tour was conducted by Richard Reynolds, "guerrilla gardener" and long-time local resident
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Nice day for a white weeding: How to get rid of Bindweed - The Independent
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A July Sunday evening at the playground: a summer's dusk with the first stars coming out, and still lots of kids are here. (Some naughtier children have even climbed over the security fence and are testing the new adventure playground
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And the beet goes on: The year is still young enough to sow the UK's favourite ... - The Independent
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Suttons Seeds has just issued its official top five bestseller list for the season so far, and it goes like this: at number five is its pack of peppery wild rocket. At number four, an old favourite: "White Lisbon" spring onion
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Plant joke, gardening is a pointless way of passing the time until you die ... - Horticulture Week (blog)
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Bumped into Emma Townshend at Chelsea. She said she'd got half an hour to sum up highlights. 15. Karen and Patrick have bought a bonsai tree in a Suffolk garden centre, says the Independent. Karen is Amy Pond in Dr Who
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Concrete jungle: Discover a bucolic vision in an unlikely setting - The Independent
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Concrete? I'll have you know that reinforced concrete was invented by a gardener. The gardener in question was a Frenchman, Joseph Monier, who was trying to make the best-ever plant pot. (This isn't the kind of thing that gardeners
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Add a splash of colour to your garden with pink-flowering plants - The Independent
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I was never one of those little girls who wore pink. Certainly not from head to foot, and possibly not ever. Yuck, etc. But when I was 10 I was seized with a violent liking for the sort of deep-fuchsia-pink that you nowadays see
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The lay of the land: Choose your turf tactics with care to create a perfect lawn - The Independent
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God, whoever thought that lawn-making was quite so, well, complicated? And I'm not even sowing it from seed like they do in fussy bowls societies or Arsenal Football Club. I just want to lay some turf. You see workmen doing it by the
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Rich tricks of the trade - Independent Online
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A stately home with a perfect lawn... a new book provokes some ideas about how to get your own perfect lawn. London - Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a billionaire, able to call in the world's snazziest garden
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Blow the budget: Randle Siddeley's 'Garden' reveals what to do with your green ... - The Independent
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a billionaire, able to call in the world's snazziest garden designer? I've spent some hours on the bus pondering this question over the years, but now there's a definitive answer in
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Chelsea Flower Show 2011: Emma Townshend's highs and lows - Telegraph.co.uk
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Emma Townshend is a writer, journalist, musician and lecturer. She teaches on horticultural subjects, most recently for the Department of Continuing Education in Oxford. Townshend also appears as a regular guest
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Little white lies: How to cheer up dark corners in your garden - The Independent
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Occasionally people challenge me to put a name to an obscure tree (strike rate, about two out of five – but there are some really obscure trees in the world). For the most part, though, the kind of horticultural questions preoccupying
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Wakehurst Place: Kew's country cousin is as accessible as tricky terrains come - The Independent
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"Ahh, I long to have flowerbeds neatly mulched like this," says my godmother, covetously, eyeing up the azaleas. We are at Wakehurst Place in Haywards Heath, Sussex, admiring the neatly kept gardens, now all kitted out for summer
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Emma Townshend
    FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 40
    She has also written on Darwin’s connections with the Royal Botanic Garden for Kew Magazine, and led special guided tours of Kew in Darwin’s bicentenary year, 2009.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1999
    Age 30
    Her song "We Can Fly Away" was the theme song in the 1999 made for TV movie The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns, which also featured The Who's Roger Daltrey in an acting role.
    More Details Hide Details The same song was used in the Eragon Video Game in 2006. Releases: Appeared On: Tracks Appeared On: Emma Townshend writes on general arts subjects for magazines and newspapers including The Times and The Observer, and is The Independent on Sunday’s gardening columnist. She maintains a blog for The Independent. Emma Townshend participated in the AllLearn project, a consortium of Stanford, Yale and Oxford Universities. This was an ambitious online learning project which provided 110 high-quality enrichment courses from Oxford, Stanford, and Yale Universities to over 10,000 participants from seventy countries. Emma Townshend is the author of Darwin's Dogs: How Darwin's Pets Helped Form a World-Changing Theory of Evolution (2009). This book looks at how Darwin used his much-loved dogs as evidence of his continuing argument that all animals including human beings descended from one common ancestor, examining parts of Darwin's own writings in The Descent of Man. Her postgraduate thesis involved research about Darwin’s correspondence with plant breeders and gardeners which appears in her book.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 26
    Townshend's record deal with EastWest Records, part of the Warner Music Group, extended from 1995-1998, and she released the album Winterland in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details The album was well received, garnering good reviews.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1985
    Age 16
    In 1985 Emma Townshend also performed as a guest vocalist at two London Brixton Academy charity concerts with the Deep End band including Pete Townshend and David Gilmour.
    More Details Hide Details These concerts were later released as the album Deep End Live!
    Emma also sang back-up on Pete Townshend's White City: A Novel album released in 1985, and appeared in the film of the same title.
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  • 1982
    Age 13
    In 1982 Emma and her sister Aminta made their professional music debut singing back-up on A Bao A Qu, a four-track EP by their aunt, singer-songwriter Virginia Astley.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Age 0
    Emma Townshend was the first child born to Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend and his wife Karen (née Astley) in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details Pete Townshend was the eldest son of jazz musician Cliff Townshend and his wife Betty Dennis who sang with The Squadronaires during World War II. Karen Astley was the daughter of composer Ted Astley, best known for TV themes for shows including The Saint, and his wife Hazel Balbirnie, and also sister of record producer Jon Astley and singer/songwriter Virginia Astley. The couple met while attending Ealing School of Art and married in 1968. Emma has one sister, Aminta (b. 1971), and a brother, Joseph (b. 1989). Of Townshend's four grandparents, three were professional musicians, all of whom had been in armed forces entertainment during the war. Emma's father Pete Townshend was the lead guitarist and principal songwriter of the rock band The Who. Emma studied history at King's College, Cambridge then specialised in history of science, receiving a Masters from Imperial College, London. She then returned to Cambridge for a Ph.D. She has taught for Oxford University's Department of Continuing Education since 2000 and is also a Visiting Lecturer at City University, London.
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