Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations

Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, is celebrating her 90th birthday today. During her 63 years of service, the Queen has travelled all over the world and seen 12 Prime Ministers serve under her, more than any other monarch in the history of Britain. After King George VI’s death, Princess...

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Controversial Finborough Theatre redevelopment goes to appeal

The controversial planning application to renovate the above section of the Finborough Theatre have come up for appeal. The proposal (which follows three previously rejected planning applications) has been under attack by Finborough personnel and local residents since August 2015. Fans of the Earls Court venue, including theatre trustee Matthew...

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The Queen: Feminist icon?

The Queen: Feminist icon?

Mary Wollstonecraft wrote, “It is a melancholy truth; yet such is the blessed effect of civilization! the most respectable women are the most oppressed”. As the head of both the State and Church of England it is hard to think of any woman who better fits these criteria. And yet,...

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Greenpeace scaling London’s “dirty air” problem

On Monday two Greenpeace activists climbed up Nelson’s column, which sits 52 meters above Trafalgar Square, to put a face mask on the statue of Admiral Lord Nelson.   Other statues throughout London were targeted including; Winston Churchill in Parliament Square, Queen Victoria opposite Buckingham Palace and Eros at Piccadilly...

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Spa to You

London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane is home to Spa to You, an ‘oasis of relaxation’ in the heart of Mayfair. The steps down to the Spa (situated on the lower ground of the hotel) lead to an intimate and personal space. It is clear that a great deal of...

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The Royal Standard of the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Flags fluttering in the wind evoke hard fought battles won and lost long ago. Like Banners of Arms and Regimental Colours, they stir patriotic emotion and bring a vision of ceremonial occasion and Pageantry.   There is another kind of flag: a personal one: The Royal Standard is the Queen’s...

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Post Pop Depression

Iggy Pop, the “world’s forgotten boy” has, since his white hot streak in the 1970s (where he unleashed five of the most influential albums of all time), unfortunately put out more than a few (appropriately) forgettable albums over the course of his lengthy career. The man widely heralded as the Godfather of Punk...

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Staying Power at the Westminster Abbey Institute

The Staying Power lecture series has been hosted by the Westminster Abbey Institute throughout March, using speakers from around Parliament Square to attempt to “revitalise moral and spiritual values in public life.”   Taking inspiration from the Benedictine heritage of the Abbey, the theme of the lectures was the constant...

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