8 ½

The cliché about 8 ½ is that by 1963 Federico Fellini was so out of ideas that the only topic he could explore was the experience of about being out of ideas. This is manifestly untrue however, whilst Mastroianni’s torpid filmmaker might be suffering from a potentially terminal case of...

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The backhand stroke (and other powerful tennis images)

Her name was Fiona Butler, a model and she can be seen in the exhibition, Powerful Posters: Tennis and Advertising, 1893 – 2015 currently running at  the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. Fiona was the ‘Athena Tennis Girl’ in their iconic posters of the 1970s, which first appeared as a calendar...

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What is luxury?

What is luxury? V&A It is worth noting that although this exhibition is staged jointly with the Crafts Council, it is sponsored by Northacre, property developers and purveyors of top-end residences to the feelthy rich with such apartments as The Lancasters. They also have a house in Tregunter Road, which,...

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The Battle of Waterloo

It is disturbing to learn that research undertaken by English Heritage has revealed the general public is not particularly well informed about Wellington’s victory at Waterloo 200 years ago. Speaking to The Telegraph in April this year, Paul Pattison, the organisation’s senior historian, said, “It is significant how little people...

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French actress arrested for climbing gates of Kensington Palace for new film

A French actress was arrested after climbing the gates of Kensington Palace in high heels demanding to marry Prince Harry. Camille Cottin, a French comedian, was secretly trying to film a French comedy about a Parisian woman’s quest to woo the Prince. The film entitled: Connasse: Princesse des coeurs, has...

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Top chamber musicians come to Kensington

This month the Royal College of Music (RCM) continues its ground-breaking String Quartet Collective project by welcoming some of the world’s most esteemed chamber musicians to Kensington. The project began in 2013 with the aim of bringing together some of the world’s finest chamber musicians. Creating a brand new String...

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West End LIVE is set to return to the stage for 2015

This year’s West End LIVE once again returns to the iconic setting of Trafalgar Square on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June 2015. The free musical extravaganza, showcasing the best of the West End, is now the largest event of its type in the world and attracts crowds of more than...

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George Hooper, the idiosyncratic artist

The modern British artist George Hooper will have his works displayed at the 20/21 International Art Fair alongside 60 participating UK based galleries as well as work from a whole host of countries including Eire, France, Japan, Russia, Serbia and South Africa. The fair will be opened by Uri Geller, the internationally acclaimed...

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An interview with ESO principal conductor Kenneth Woods

Mozart’s Requiem: Origins English Symphony Orchestra Academia Musica Choir Kenneth Woods St John’s Smith Square Friday 24 April 2015 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Requiem in D Minor (K626) George Frideric Handel, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach   An interview with ESO principal conductor Kenneth Woods by contributor James Douglas   It’s the great...

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From Hell

  As historical figures go, Jack The Ripper occupies a strange place in our cultural lexicon. As much a mythological being as flesh and blood psychopath, his permanent anonymity coupled with the sheer brutality of his crimes make him seem unreal; closer to The Joker than Jeffery Dahmer. In addition,...

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