Russian Avant-Garde Theatre: War, Revolution and Design 1913 – 1933

Russian Avant-Garde Theatre: War, Revolution and Design 1913 – 1933

This display of Russian Avant-Garde art, born of revolution, which flourished during the birth of the Soviet Union, clearly reveals the effects of politics on art. The 150 set and costume designs on display were created between 1913 and 1933 during the time of the Russian Revolution and the First...

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Koshari Street review

Located right by bustling Leicester Square lies a tiny bar, barely wide enough for four people to stand side to side, but this is not your usual hole in the wall boozer. This is Koshari Street, an Egyptian street food eatery that has been gathering a fair bit of attention...

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Chelsea Nanny: re-telling a story: re-imagining the past

Chelsea Nanny: re-telling a story: re-imagining the past

“What was it like in the olden days? Like, when you and Mummy were my age?” asks the Small One, apparently innocently. I fight the urge to point out that my younger years were probably more similar to his than his mother’s, considering I’m closer to his age. I know...

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Germany: Memories of a Nation

Telling the story of Germany over 600 years was never going to be easy, particularly as the last hundred have had such a devastating effect on world history. Telling the story using 200 objects was going to be even more challenging. To coincide with the fall of the Berlin Wall...

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From the back seat – part 18

My dad’s Technical Editor on the mag was John Vernon Bolster, known as JVB,  who was a true eccentric and the perfect foil to my dad, always sporting an enormous bushy moustache, tweeds and a deerstalker. They were great mates and worked their way around the circuits and motoring social...

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Thames Water counters basement flooding

Seven years after heavy rainfall, in July 2007, caused widespread basement flooding in Kensington and Chelsea, and, with many homes still at risk, Thames Water are putting plans in place to prevent any repetition. The parts of the borough that were affected were located in the the ‘catchment area’ of...

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Allen Jones RA, Royal Academy

Allen Jones RA, Royal Academy

Anyone of a certain age will have been exposed to women of a certain age being presented as perfect ‘objects’: Playboy centrefolds with, literally, spotless, unblemished, wrinkle-free bodies; Vargas paintings with gravity-defying, impossibly pert breasts and idealised proportions; flawless, airbrushed complexions, with faultless make-up. Welcome to Allen Jones’s world. He...

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Stay healthy during the holidays

Less sleep, more drinks and fatty foods along with the added stress of the holiday season can make it difficult to stay fit and well as winter approaches. So how can you stay healthy in the run-up to Christmas and beyond? Yes, it’s cold outside – so get moving! One...

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