Ashurbanipal,  King of the World at the British Museum

Ashurbanipal, King of the World at the British Museum

I am Ashurbanipal, King of the World, King of Assyria.                          ” Forget Death and feed life”            ( Ancient Mesopotamian Inscription from Nineveh)   ” I am Ashurbanipal, King of the World, King of Assyria”, claimed Ashurbanipal himself in a cuneiform inscription. It would appear from archaeological  evidence and...

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Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918 at the National Army Museum

Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918 at the National Army Museum

  Alfred Munnings had more than his share of drama in his long and colourful life, regarded by Augustus John as ‘greater than Stubbs. He made it move, had greater narrative quality and his groupings are better.’ He certainly had colossal painterly skills, a unique palette and, as a rider...

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Shrouds of the Somme at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Shrouds of the Somme at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The artist Rob Heard has devised possibly the most graphic way of commemorating the dead in the First World War. His astonishing Shrouds of the Somme comprises a staggering 72,396 miniature corpses, each one wrapped in a calico shroud and strapped head and toe, and each one representing a body...

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Paula Rego: From Mind to Hand

Paula Rego: From Mind to Hand

  Paula Rego grew up under the anti-communist Catholic dictatorship of Salazar’s corporatism Estado Novo in Portugal, with shadows of the secret police around every corner. It is hardly surprising that her images resonate with menace, ambiguity and the threat or actuality of violence. The Maids is a painting based...

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Review: A Funny Thing Happened on the way to Gynaecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York

Review: A Funny Thing Happened on the way to Gynaecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York

Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Rd,  London SW10 9ED Until Saturday 27 October Tickets: https://www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/productions/2018/a-funny-thing-happened.php   Frankly it would be amiss of me to start a review of this play without addressing its interminable title. Perhaps there is something our American friends find hilarious about it that got lost somewhere on...

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The Taming Of The Shrew at Tristan Bates Theatre

The Taming Of The Shrew at Tristan Bates Theatre

Considering the hundreds of years that separate us from the Bard’s heyday, it only seems that Shakespeare is becoming more relevant to the modern audience. There is not a play in his folios, that has not be re-cut, re-imagined and altogether changed in meaning beyond the Elizabethan playwrights wildest imaginings....

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Christian Marclay: The Clock at the Tate Modern

Christian Marclay: The Clock at the Tate Modern

Christian Marclay: The Clock Tate Modern Until 20 January 2019 Free admission   Fictional time is nothing but trickery. Bending the realities of time is at the heart of any good narrative, not least in cinema, where days, weeks, months – even years – are neatly condensed into palatable 90-minute...

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Review: “Changing the World, One Wall at a Time”

Review: “Changing the World, One Wall at a Time”

“Changing the World, One Wall at a Time” was an evocative documentary, with a powerful message. The “Changing the World, One Wall at a Time” screening took place at the Tabernacle, Notting Hill, on July 29th. The central focus of the documentary was “The Education is Not a Crime” campaign,...

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Vote and Voice: Women’s Place in Parliament

Vote and Voice: Women’s Place in Parliament

  “However benevolent men may be in their intentions, they cannot know what women want and what suits the necessities of women’s lives as well as women know these things themselves.”   Millicent Fawcett 1847 – 1929 100 years on from the seminal Representation of the People Act 1918, the...

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Review: ‘Revels in Hand’ theatre service

Review: ‘Revels in Hand’ theatre service

Revels in Hand did not sell itself short on the venue. As journalists-cum-bloggers-cum-insta-famous-influencers filed into a Shangri-La Hotel room on the 39th floor of The Shard, there was a pyretic intrigue as to what the evening had in store. Were we entering into the blood-stained lair of Patrick Bateman? Were...

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