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  • Kew Gardens This Spring and Summer
    Posted in: Highlights, Places

    KEW GARDENS was originally the private woodlands and riding grounds surrounding Kew Palace, King George III’s convalescence home,  and the red-bricked state residence is still on the land despite being sold off by Queen Victoria. Today Kew is in the news because of the £18 million restoration of Temperate House which was recently reopened by […]

  • Waterside Cafe, Little Venice (Restaurant)
    Posted in: Food & Dining, Places, Reviews

    LITTLE VENICE is a pretty suitable description for this tranquil canal area which is on everyone’s list of the capital’s most romantic and picturesque places to visit. We can thank 19th-century poet Robert Browning for naming it after Italy’s more famous city of waterways. But there are no gondolas here, although, swans and ducks are […]

  • National Wordsmith Day
    Posted in: Features, People

    TODAY is National Wordsmith Day. Not convinced? Well with good reason, because it’s also National Paranormal Day, National Chocolate Custard Day, National Lumpy Rug Day and National Two Different Coloured Shoes Day (these are all actual national days, by the way). Let’s give the chocolate custard and lumpy rugs a miss and have a look […]

  • Sci Fi London 2018
    Posted in: Events & Festivals, Highlights, Movies & TV Shows

    Droids, jedis and stormtroopers took to the streets of Stratford, East London on the opening day of Sci-Fi London a film festival which screens the best of shorts and features in the genre. The festival opened with Chimera, a thriller about a disturbed scientist in a race against time to save his dying children. Star […]

  • Avengers: Infinity War (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    In the 1970s and 80s, comic book fans could buy official Marvel Superhero Trump Cards which sought to answer the question ‘who is the most powerful superhero of all?’ This movie answers that question in emphatic fashion and has little respect for the traditional card game rules. Comic book fans dismayed by how cinema has […]

  • Are London Rappers Keeping Pace with the US Online Rap Revolution?
    Posted in: Features

    WIDESPREAD use of the internet and the social media revolution has led to wholesale changes in the way music is delivered, performed and viewed. The hard-edged twenty-something rap star that emerged in the eighties, nineties and early 2000s after paying their street dues has been replaced by the baby-faced teen rapper who blew up big […]