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Schools in the dark about using solar panels

Schools in Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham are failing to exploit renewable energy, according to Friends of the Earth (FoE). According to a report published…

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Danger of art attack

Forget exiting through the gift shop, the way to get out of the Hayward gallery, later this year, will be exhilarating. Two giant spiral slides…

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The International Women’s Forum’s 25th anniversary

The International Women’s Forum (IWF) UK, a social forum and network for women of diverse achievements and interests, will reach the end of its 25 year…

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Schools in the dark about using solar panels

Schools in Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham are failing to exploit renewable energy, according to Friends of the Earth (FoE). According to a report published by the charity, the two boroughs come bottom in the UK for utilising solar panels. Kensington and Chelsea is close behind.   The report shows that, while Kensington and Chelsea has only one school with solar panels, Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster have none between

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Danger of art attack

Forget exiting through the gift shop, the way to get out of the Hayward gallery, later this year, will be exhilarating. Two giant spiral slides are being installed as part of an exhibition featuring Belgian artist Carsten Höller’s work.   In 2006, the slides he installed at Tate Modern became the art­world’s hot ticket. Now the Hayward will feature an entire exhibition of Höller’s work based on the idea of

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The lonesome crowded west

The Lonesome Crowded West, the second album by alternative heroes Modest Mouse presents an America choking on decaying strip malls and broken down motorways, grim suburbs and trailer parks relentlessly swallowing nature until everything is concrete. The prevailing atmosphere of the album is that of motion and travel, of hurtling desperately through a pre‐millennial America, unable to escape the grim realities of a thousand dying towns.   Vocalist Isaac Brock

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From the back seat – part 22

It is hard to imagine the impact the launch of a new car had on the British public and the press, but, in the case of the Mini, it was nothing short of phenomenal.The press launch of the new car was on 18 August 1959 at the army testing ground at Chobham in Surrey in order to give time to get the road tests into print before the 26 August

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Look who’s back

As far as likeable leading men go, Adolf Hitler is probably not the hero most novelists would settle on, but then Timur Vermes’ Look Who’s Back is not like most novels. Vermes’ Fuhrer wakes up disoriented in a vacant lot in Berlin circa 2011, with no memory of anything after the evening of his suicide. Confused and disgusted by the state of Germany in the 21st century he embarks on

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Bistrò by Shot

  Bistrò by Shot is on the wrong side of the tracks. Only by a few yards but, I mean, what sort of person turns left when they come out of Parsons Green Tube Station? It’s all going on south of the rail bridge: the Sloaney Pony, the mega Le Pain Quotidien and the delights of the New Kings Road. But for those who can resist the urge to swing

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The International Women’s Forum’s 25th anniversary

The International Women’s Forum (IWF) UK, a social forum and network for women of diverse achievements and interests, will reach the end of its 25 year anniversary come May 27th. To celebrate the Chelsea gallery, on Kings Road, are running an exhibition featuring portraits of 16 of the IWF founders and chairs. The portraits have been created by artists in the Lots Group Road – a group of artists who all studied

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Code Calling

I changed my relationship status on Facebook to, ‘It’s complicated.’ It took me three hours. But my relationship with Social Media is complicated.  My ‘relationship status’ is not the first thing I think of telling someone when I meet them. For a start I’d need to feel I have some status in my relationship. Facebook and Twitter are coded by people who think in a certain way; coders steeped in

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