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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Living with Gods: People, Places and Worlds Beyond

Living with Gods: People, Places and Worlds Beyond

The human race has always had an awareness of its own ‘divinity’, its soul, and the belief in a ‘ higher power’ since the earliest Ice Age up to the present time. ‘Divinity’ is in us all and fear, insufficiency and inadequacy turns us towards it. Our ‘divinity’ gives us...

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Chelsea Pensioner Ken McDonald, The Royal Hospital and Cricket

Chelsea Pensioner Ken McDonald, The Royal Hospital and Cricket

Ken McDonald, a resident of Royal Hospital Chelsea, was so taken with a photograph he saw on the front cover of the August 2017 edition of KCWToday’s newspaper that he asked if he could purchase a copy of the original photograph.  The photograph had originally appeared on the newspaper’s launch...

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UNESCO’s role on the world stage: An interview with Irina Bokova UNESCO’S first woman Director-General

UNESCO’s role on the world stage: An interview with Irina Bokova UNESCO’S first woman Director-General

In 1965 Barry McGuire recorded the song Eve of Destruction. Fifty-two years later, reviewing events of the last decade, his words appear even more prophetic. Currently, there are 795 million people that live in chronic hunger in a world of 7.5 billion. By 2050, we will need to feed 9...

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Road at The Royal Court Theatre

Road at The Royal Court Theatre

When Jim Cartwright’s Road, a biting acerbic portrait of an unnamed Lancastrian community decimated by unemployment and Thatcherism was first staged in the Royal Court Theatre back in 1986 there were three million people unemployed. Whilst currently unemployment quivers at 1.49 million, it doesn’t take a communist fanatic to draw...

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Don Grant discusses the RA Summer Exhibition – VIDEO

Don Grant discusses the RA Summer Exhibition – VIDEO

  KCW Today Arts and Culture Editor Don Grant takes a tour of the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. To read Don’s article on the Exhibition click here. Until 28 August 2017, Admission £15.50. For more information: royalacademy.org.uk

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Cygnus (The Swan)

Cygnus (The Swan)

Back in El Valle Lecrin for my summer sojourn in southern Spain at 36 degrees North where I can observe better the nearer equatorial constellations and stars eg. Scorpio and Sagittarius. However even here, although they’re very clear by eye, I am in a valley and the heat rising off...

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Construction drawings at the RA Summer Exhibition

Construction drawings at the RA Summer Exhibition

For the first time in 249 years, construction drawings are the focus of this year’s architecture room at the Royal Academy of Arts’ summer exhibition, which this year is curated by British architect, Farshid Moussavi. The annual London exhibition is one of the biggest events in the UK’s art and design calendar, and...

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Can global reefs take the heat?

Can global reefs take the heat?

Scientists have declared the Great Barrier Reef past saving after Australia’s Research Council found 8,000km of fresh damage this year. Back-to-back severe bleaching events revealed by aerial imaging in 2016 and 2017 left the coral little chance to recover and two thirds of the reef remains badly damaged. This phenomenon...

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Polo in the Park at Hurlingham, courtesy of Chestertons: a sparkling summer cocktail

Polo in the Park at Hurlingham, courtesy of Chestertons: a sparkling summer cocktail

Ingredients: A three-day event, 10,000 beautiful people on the day; lashings of Pimms; The month of June. A lot of bubbly; lots of shopping opportunities; bars and dining galore; an early hot, summer sun; some of the finest riders and polo ponies on offer. Dress: gorgeous; it’s suddenly summer, so...

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