On the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of Homosexuality in the UK, LGBT lives still criminalised in 72 countries, report finds

On the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of Homosexuality in the UK, LGBT lives still criminalised in 72 countries, report finds

Whilst England and Wales saw the decriminalisation of homosexuality fifty years ago today, 72 other countries and territories continue to criminalise same-sex relationships, including 45 in which sexual relationships between women are outlawed. According to an annual report released by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA),...

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Who’s afraid of Julia Kristeva? New film by Iskra Angelova in the London International Documentary Film Festival

Who’s afraid of Julia Kristeva? New film by Iskra Angelova in the London International Documentary Film Festival

Iskra Angelova’s new film tells the story of a successful and controversial figure. A psychoanalyst, linguist, semiotician, philosopher and feminist, Julia Kristeva is a woman of many disciplines. The film is set in Bulgaria, 1966 where the Balkan nation remains behind the Iron Curtain. Kristeva, a young and smart student,...

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The Pig’s Ear

The Pig’s Ear

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a hungry man or woman in possession of a not particularly expansive fortune, must be in want of a decently priced unpretentious place to eat and drink around the King’s Road. It is even more universally acknowledged that they are not likely to...

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Year 9 St James Senior Girls’ School pupil to be a finalist in The Write Stuff 2017 Competition

Year 9 St James Senior Girls’ School pupil to be a finalist in The Write Stuff 2017 Competition

Congratulations to Katie Stott, a Year 9 pupil at St James Senior Girls’ School (www.stjamesgirls.co.uk), who has recently discovered she is a finalist in The Write Stuff 2017 competition (in association with The Sunday Times). The competition, aimed at girls aged 11-16, was launched in March and entrants were asked to write...

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The noble art of fencing is a sport struggling for recognition

The noble art of fencing is a sport struggling for recognition

Fencing has a proud Olympic tradition in the UK dating back over one hundred years to when our men’s épée team won consecutive silver medals in the 1908 London and 1912 Stockholm games. Medals have however been relatively few and far between in the sport since. The painful statistic is...

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Anniversary: Metamorphosis

Anniversary: Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka has (rather depressingly when you think about it) become something of a patron saint for modern living. His alienated writings of skewed social conventions and hallucinogenic persecution (that you feel somehow you might have deserved) deeply affects readers because there’s something primal in his narratives that resonates almost...

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UK councils wasting millions

UK councils wasting millions

Research by the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) reveals that local authorities are overpaying their staff by millions in mileage allowance payments. Employees who use their own cars for business journeys are often reimbursed for the extra expense. The HMRC has set an approved amount of 45p for the first 10,000 miles....

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EU backs Hammersmith and Fulham’s glyphosate ban

EU backs Hammersmith and Fulham’s glyphosate ban

The European Parliament has voted to ban a potentially-harmful weed killer that Hammersmith and Fulham council stopped using in 2016, the first London borough to do so. The motion requested that the chemical glyphosate be phased out completely across all member states within five years. The World Health Organisation’s International...

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Soutine’s Portraits: Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys

Small, but perfectly formed could apply, not just to the exhibition at the top of Somerset House, but the subjects of the twenty-one portraits, which comprise Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys. Chaim Soutine’s Bellboy is possibly one of his most well-known images, along with other restaurant and hotel employees, and caught...

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Red Star over Russia

Red Star over Russia

    The sub-title of this densely-illustrated exhibition is A Revolution in Visual Culture 1905-1955, and is taken from the enormous and comprehensive collection of the graphic designer and historian David King, who died last year. It is a remarkable achievement, amassing, as he did, over a quarter of a...

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Consultations are reopened on Heathrow expansion plans following new evidence

Consultations are reopened on Heathrow expansion plans following new evidence

A consultation for Hammersmith and Fulham residents to have their say on the plans for a third runway at Heathrow has reopened in light of new evidence. The Department for Transport, who are running the consultation, released new evidence regarding noise, CO2 emissions and air pollution. This information was not...

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