The Art of Research in the Digital Age

The Art of Research in the Digital Age

Research and the internet are perhaps two words which raise some wariness in educators. There is definitely the need to teach students about research and how to do it well, and also to open up the wealth of libraries and archives on our doorstep in London. For many researchers, the...

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Making all the right noises: An Interview with Jonathan Milton, headmaster of the Westminster Abbey Choir School

Making all the right noises: An Interview with Jonathan Milton, headmaster of the Westminster Abbey Choir School

Westminster Abbey is undoubtedly one of London’s most popular landmarks, and its choir renowned as one of the greatest of its kind across the globe. Few will be aware that in the midst of the Abbey, tucked away in the grounds of the former monastery of Westminster at Deans Yard...

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Creating Creatives: Can you teach creative writing?

Creating Creatives: Can you teach creative writing?

One of the more or less truthful clichés of humanity is that deep down most people feel that they’re probably got a novel in them. Whether they are ‘actively’ pursuing this hazy dream: boring their friends for years with frequent assertions about how they’re ‘working on a novel in my...

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The Arts in Crisis: how schools funding is putting arts education at risk

The Arts in Crisis: how schools funding is putting arts education at risk

The University of Kent’s School of Music and Fine Arts has recently confirmed it will close as an academic entity by July 2019. It will allow full-time MA applications for 2017 entries only, according to local online newspaper Kent Online. The University of Kent’s fine art department was a highly...

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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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Making all the right noises: An Interview with Jonathan Milton, headmaster of the Westminster Abbey Choir School

Making all the right noises: An Interview with Jonathan Milton, headmaster of the Westminster Abbey Choir School

Westminster Abbey is undoubtedly one of London’s most popular landmarks, and its choir renowned as one of the greatest of its kind across the globe. Few will be aware that in the midst of the Abbey, tucked away in the grounds of the former monastery of Westminster at Deans Yard...

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A scenic stroll along Regent’s Canal – Little Venice to Camden Lock

A scenic stroll along Regent’s Canal – Little Venice to Camden Lock

In a city of flux, London’s waterways provide a sense of uniquely meandering tranquility to its often overworked inhabitants. Those of us lucky enough to work or live near a canal will not need reminding of their shimmering charms, and sitting in quiet contemplation while a bevy of swans glide...

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Understanding the Syrian Civil War

Understanding the Syrian Civil War

In the 6 years of the Syrian Civil War over 470,000 have died, 13.5 million are in need of humanitarian assistance and there are over 5.1 million refugees, according to the Human Rights Watch and the UN. Europe has faced its worst migration crisis since the Second World War. Syria’s...

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Town and Country

Town and Country

I write this as a countryman but I have a passion for London and usually come up at least once a week to meet friends and see my sons. I lived in Chelsea for twenty years but I have been explicitly told not to write about this as the subject...

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Royal Ascot 2017 – Equine poetry in motion

Royal Ascot 2017 – Equine poetry in motion

Royal Ascot takes place from the 20th to 24th June 2017, featuring six world-class races, the finest fashion and plenty of schmoozing, and of course an appearance from The Queen herself. A poem entitled ‘Royal Ascot; A World Like Nowhere Else’ has been specially commissioned, and written by Henry Birtles...

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