What do the Tudors mean to us?

What do the Tudors mean to us?

You can learn a lot about a national culture from the bits of its history it chooses to celebrate. Whilst modern Britain’s most culturally vibrant and frequently invoked historical narrative is almost certainly the red white and blue heroics of the Second World War; slithering behind like the serpent in...

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British Baroque: Power and Illusion at Tate Britain

British Baroque: Power and Illusion at Tate Britain

If Marmite had existed in the late seventeenth century, it would have summed up this exhibition. There are many art lovers who delight in the resplendent sumptuousness of the cascading satin and silk, extravagant floral arrangements, grand settings and painted courtesans. One normallly associates Baroque with the pomp and grandiosity...

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A User’s Guide To Make Believe

A User’s Guide To Make Believe

Amongst the dead popstars and climate catastrophes, one of the central sea changes that rocked the previous decade was our zig-zagging attitude towards technology. At the beginning of the 00’s tech was something of a brave new world, the encroachment and subsequent domination of society by tech juggernauts like Google...

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What’s in your cupboard?

What’s in your cupboard?

Have you ever wondered if your little treasures, sitting in the back of your cupboard or drawer, or kept in a box in the loft, are actually a real treasure? In November 2019, a vase bought for £1 in a charity shop was sold by Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers for...

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Breaking New Ground

Breaking New Ground

The art and process of building has always required a mixture of skills, teamwork and perseverance. It is in large part heavy, dirty, physical hard work. To build a major construction company takes courage, time, perseverance and wilful organisational ability and drive. It is a risky business, predicting the pricing...

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Snowflake at the Kiln Theatre

Snowflake at the Kiln Theatre

Snowflake, a play by Mike Barlett, follows a relationship between a father and his daughter. The production tells the story of underlying strains between a father and his daughter, caused by the political divide around Britain and Brexit. The play was both riveting and heartfelt.  Clare Lizzimore, director of Snowflake...

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Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life at the Estorick Collection

Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life at the Estorick Collection

Crali was surely the quintessential Futurist painter. He embodied everything Futurism stood for; it was coursing through his veins. He was eighteen when he took his first flight in 1928 and the following year he contacted Marinetti, the founder of Futurism, and asked to join the movement. In the same...

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Beethoven comes to the Barbican for weekend festival (February 1-February 2)

Beethoven comes to the Barbican for weekend festival (February 1-February 2)

The year 2020 marks the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the most iconic figures in music. A quintessential ‘Romantic Artist’, an advocate for political reform, a bridge between the classical and romantic eras, and a composer who was driven by deafness to retreat into an interior world:Beethoven...

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Rescue Work of the Cornish Air Ambulance

Rescue Work of the Cornish Air Ambulance

The Cornish Air Ambulance ( CAA ) Gala Dinner in aid of the ‘New Heli Appeal’ was held last month at the historic Corinthia Hotel in London. Honoured Speakers and guests arrived, glancing upwards at the magnificent, 1,001 crystal baccarat chandelier shimmering from above. This hotel was offices of the...

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1917

1917

Many directors have tried to take up the technological challenge of deploying the one-take shot, for one of two reasons. Why do dogs lick their balls? Because they can, is the straightforward answer. And the second is to immerse the viewer in the action, and follow the story more closely,...

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