Fulham Beach Bar Review

Fulham Beach Bar Review

The sun peeped its fingers and toes round the corner of the clouds for just enough time for us to properly enjoy this venue, before the crippling grey and cold returned, banishing us back inside. Set on the Thames, the Fulham bar is located right on the waters edge adding...

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Who’s Afraid of Drawing? at the Estorick Collection

Who’s Afraid of Drawing? at the Estorick Collection

Who’s afraid of . . . ? What?  Why drawing? And who is afraid of drawing? Not many of the artists featured in this new show in Canonbury Square, surely? Umberto Boccioni was an influential Futurist painter and sculptor, his most famous work was most probably Unique Forms of Continuity...

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Smoke and Mirrors: The psychology of magic

Smoke and Mirrors: The psychology of magic

My only real close contact with a magician, was with a delightful nonagenarian, and survivor of the horrors of the Burma Railway, called Fergus Anckorn, who died two years ago aged 99; the oldest member of the Magic Circle. As an 18-year-old conjuror called ‘Wizardus’, he was their youngest member,...

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Edvard Munch: Love and Angst at the British Museum

Edvard Munch: Love and Angst at the British Museum

The Scream by Edvard Munch has become one of the most popular images from the world of art, ever, jostling with such contenders as Mona Lisa and The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Rembrandt’s Night Watch, Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, Picasso’s Guernica, while...

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Van Gogh and Britain at Tate Britain

Van Gogh and Britain at Tate Britain

Judging from the title, Van Gogh and Britain looked as though it would be, on paper, at least, if not exactly padded out, certainly well-upholstered. Although he did a few drawings during his three-year stay in Britain, he never did one painting, and was not really an artist at all...

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Wellington in India at Apsley House

Wellington in India at Apsley House

It is always a treat to visit Apsley House, known more widely as Number One, London. They have a very fine collection of paintings, porcelain, silver and statuary, including no less than four paintings by Velazquez, two by Ribera, a Titian, a Van Dyck and a Goya, as well as...

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The Renaissance Nude at the Sackler Gallery

The Renaissance Nude at the Sackler Gallery

The publicity material surrounding this exhibition uses Bronzino’s portrayal of Saint Sebastian as a rather beautiful young man with a shock of ginger hair, and a red cloak draped over his nude torso, coyly looking out of the frame with a wistful expression, which contains more than a hint of...

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Don McCullin at Tate Britain

Don McCullin at Tate Britain

  There should be a warning before entering the Don McCullin retrospective at Tate Britain, stating, ‘Brace! Brace!’ This extraordinary photographer has covered most major conflicts in the world for the past sixty years, including the Berlin Wall in 1961, Biafra, Cyprus, Republic of Congo and Vietnam, all in the...

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Trial by Laughter at the Richmond Theater

Trial by Laughter at the Richmond Theater

  The problem with this play, and it is a problem, is that it doesn’t know what it is. Is it a comedy, a courtroom drama, a piece of polemic journalism, or a political satire? Laughter may have driven the original rhetoric and William Hone’s own defence two hundred years...

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Review: Vegan Tyne Cheese

Review: Vegan Tyne Cheese

Welcomingly Parisienne, the packaging of this cheese should have been a sign of what was to come. Each cheese medallion beautifully wrapped and placed in a circular box; of the kind made iconic by Brie, Camembert and ‘visit France’ television adverts, you know the one: strategically positioned on a red...

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