Cash for Chaos

Cash for Chaos

Psst. Wanna make some money? Sweet dough? Moolah? Now’s the time. Don’t tell no one else, yer know, keep it on the downlow ‘cos this is just for us, the elite like. I’ll give yer the name of a horse that’s guaranteed to lose. Bet against her and you’ll make...

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Why we need a Summit of Minds

Why we need a Summit of Minds

It is all too apparent that the divide between people and politicians is growing rapidly. Lack of trust, belief and hope in our leaders needs addressing. Communication between people and our integration with the government is in serious decline. We need our countries’ sharpest minds to come forward and address...

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Manga at the British Museum

Manga at the British Museum

British Museum Until 26 August 2019 Admission £19.50 britishmuseum.org/Manga   To be exposed to “manga” from a standing start, with very little knowledge about what seems to get millions of Japanese so animated, is like being thrust into an alien culture, with no understandable language, and no real idea of...

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The Summit of Minds – Armenia June 2019

The Summit of Minds – Armenia June 2019

Only the sharpest minds and their cooperation are capable of addressing the global issues we face today. War, money, technology, so many things created by humans to control our world have ironically become insurmountable obstacles to building a clearer and brighter future. While many international conferences meet to address such...

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Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light at the National Gallery

Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light at the National Gallery

This will be the first UK retrospective of the artist since 1908 when Sorolla himself mounted an exhibition at London’s Grafton Galleries where he was promoted as ‘The World’s Greatest Living Painter.’ Some claim! Considering that Gauguin, Matisse, Renoir and Degas were all still alive, and Picasso had already burst...

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Can’t take a joke? Jeez

Can’t take a joke? Jeez

When I was still young enough to be unable to tell the difference between pretension and cool, Tom Stoppard came to give a talk at my university. His slightly RP/Czech fusion drawl made me think of his comparative linguistic knowledge so in the Q&A, my hand went up. Eventually he...

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The Coronet

The Coronet

Fittingly for a theatre, Notting Hill’s The Coronet has had three distinct acts over its 120 year lifespan. In its present form the Coronet is a dark jewel on Notting Hill Gate, its long corridors festooned with evocative objet d’art and replete with one-of-a-kind theatre bar that fairly drips with...

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An Introduction to Barry Martin’s Chess

An Introduction to Barry Martin’s Chess

“All chess players are artists , but not all artists are chess players!” Thus spake Marcel Duchamp, the most influential artist of the twentieth century, outranking even Picasso and Dali in the scope of his effect on subsequent generations of aspiring Raphaels, Titians, Leonardos and Michelangelos. In popular estimation, Duchamp...

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Mantegna and Bellini at the National Gallery

Mantegna and Bellini at the National Gallery

The Bellini family were arguably the most important and influential of Italian painters in the second half of the 15th century, the head of which was Jacopo, who had a thriving studio in Venice and two sons, Gentile and Giovanni, both of whom excelled in the the art of painting,...

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