Magician: The astonishing life and work of Orson Welles

  “Good evening, ladies and gentleman. My name is Orson Welles. I am an actor. I am a writer. I am a producer. I am a director. I am a magician. I appear onstage and on the radio. Why are there so many of me and so few of you?”...

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Sonia Delaunay

Sonia Delaunay Tate Modern Until 9 August 2015 Admission £14.50 tate.org.uk   When the Belgian Chris Delcon was appointed Director of Tate Modern in 2011, he promised to bring his enthusiasm for “mixing it up” to Bankside. He talked of “re-discovering neglected artists” and bringing them to the fore. In...

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The Battle of Aubers Ridge: The story of Kensington volunteers who died in May 1915

This article was generously contributed by Charles and Russell Bryant  They were just Territorial Army volunteers, ordinary men and lads who drilled once a week in a Kensington mews. But one hundred years ago, on May 9th 1915, the ‘Kensington Rifles’ found themselves in the vanguard of one of the...

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Titan: Methane munching Aliens?

There are many exciting spacecraft studying the solar system at the moment. Messenger, launched in 2004, has been studying Mercury. Rosetta is currently in orbit around the comet 67P Churyumov/Gerasimenko, New Horizons is about to encounter the dwarf planet Pluto/Charon system whilst Dawn has recently entered orbit around the dwarf...

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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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