On the front cover of our November issue

On the front cover of our November issue

 “I have to admit my hand was trumped for over estimating the American vote and portraying a hatrick of women leaders on our front cover! This month’s content, however, remains as variegated, accurate, informative and interesting, if not better, than ever, AND, as our Art Director says, it’s a good...

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Government failing to collect hundreds of millions of pounds worth of child maintenance

Recent reports shows that the Child Support agency (CSA) has allowed nearly £4bn worth of child maintenance bills to be unpaid in the last 20 years. The charity Gingerbread, in aid of single parents, has found that on average £2,067 is owed to each family, and it’s estimated by the...

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Author in View: George MacDonald Fraser

Author: George MacDonald Fraser Title: Captain in Calico Publisher: Mysterious Press Date: 13th October 2015   In the Flashman series (written between 1969 and 2005) George MacDonald Fraser tells of the adventures of Harry Flashman, fictional British Empire soldier and cowardly knave who lives an unprincipled existence of lies and...

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Educational Inequality

A lot of personal characteristics create the differences between individual human beings. Some of these traits, depending on where we were born, may bestow advantage on those who possess them; others may be an existential handicap. Some are passed on by genetic inheritance; others by the cultural or sociological circumstances...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet Triple Bill

The evening opened with Balanchine’s Theme and Variations. Starting with a simple Battements Tendu, this ballet celebrates the grandeur and style of the Imperial Russian Ballet with its regal and glittering sets and choreography. The juxtaposition of smooth legato movements taken from the classroom and interlaced with bursts of virtuosity...

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Seven Dials Reveals New Christmas Installations

Shopping and dining destination Seven Dials, nestled between Covent Garden and Soho, is unveiling their brand new designs for this year’s Christmas decorations. The artistic installations, which will be lit on Wednesday 11th November, pay homage to the history and characters of the seven streets and their bespoke offering. Designed...

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e-Bikes

These days we employ various ‘mechanical muscles’ to make our day to day tasks a little easier. In terms of transport, power steering comes to mind. Cycling, while a healthy way to get around, can sometimes be tiring, especially if you spend time going uphill. E-bikes have an electric motor...

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Markova House to change hands

On the 29th of October, the English National Ballet (ENB) and the Royal College of Music (RCM) announced an exchange of contracts for the sale of ENB’s current headquarters, the 16,000 square foot Markova Hall, adjacent to the Royal Albert Hall on Jay Mews. The sale is expected to occur...

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Angels and showgirls

Of all of the states of the American union, California is perhaps the most evocative (with apologies to Oklahoma. Not for that statement, just in general). Whether it’s the pioneer spirit of the gold rush, Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles with its Hollywood glamour hiding a sordid underworld of whiskey and...

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