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  • Alice in Wonderland Exhibition
    Alice in Wonderland (Exhibition)
    Posted in: Reviews, Shows & Exhibitions

    Few people realise that the Alice in Wonderland stories created by Lewis Carroll back in the 19th century changed the way that children’s books were perceived. Before that they were purely educational and treated them as little adults. After this it became acceptable for them to be entertaining and playful. This and many other valuable […]

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
    10 Cloverfield Lane (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    Although not strictly a Cloverfield sequel this is, nonetheless, a worthy addition to its alien-attack franchise. However, it is definitely not a found footage movie nor solely a sci-fi movie about war-mongering extraterrestrials. JJ Abrams, the brains behind the production, was also director of the first movie and more recently Star Wars but here wears […]

  • The Halycon Quartet
    The Halcyon Quartet
    Posted in: Concerts & Gigs, Highlights

    Two great cultural institutions, The British Museum and the Royal Academy of Music, came together on Friday evening, March 18th for a performance which was a delightful paean to the European Enlightenment. Conveniently performed in the museum’s Enlightenment Gallery, it celebrated an age when 18th century intellectuals across Europe embraced a new way of looking […]

  • From Dusk Till Dawn
    Throwback Thursday: From Dusk Till Dawn Series
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    I’m an unabashed Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez fan and loved the first From Dusk Till Dawn movie but I must admit I’m not a fan of prequels, sequels and certainly have not been impressed with the majority of hit movie remakes. My long standing reluctance had turned this into a Netflix throwback Thursday in every […]

  • Tattoo London
    Tattoo London (Exhibition)
    Posted in: Reviews, Shows & Exhibitions

    If you haven’t heard of Tattoo London by now then you must have nodded off in the city that never sleeps! This three month-long exhibition is significant enough to warrant recent TV coverage on the major channels all hailing London’s proud history as a centre for tattooists and this celebration of their work. It runs […]

  • Historic London Addresses: Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley
    Posted in: Features, People, Places

    With Women’s History Month in its second week, it is important to remember the woman who wrote the first book advocating the rights of women and is rightly recognised as the first feminist. Mary Wollstonecraft was born in Spitalfields in 1759 and her social and political views emerged during the age of the Enlightenment when […]

  • St Patrick Day’s Celebration 2016
    Posted in: Events & Festivals, Highlights, Videos

    Eddie Saint-Jean captures the sights, sounds and moods during St Patrick’s Day celebrations that took place at London’s Trafalgar square on Sunday. While this year St Patrick’s Day falls on March 17, the festival is usually held over the preceding weekend. Thousands thronged to participate in the revelry celebrating the Irish patron saint with  splashes […]

  • Levi Roots Smokehouse
    Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse (Restaurant)
    Posted in: Food & Dining, Reviews

    I arrived at Levi Roots Smokehouse at lunchtime but barely a few steps inside the door those appetite-tingling Caribbean aromas convinced me that I was in the mood for more than just lunch. Famous for winning BBC2 entrepreneur pitching show Dragon’s Den with his Reggae Reggae Sauce and wooing the judges with his guitar playing, […]

  • Shadows in the Wall (Derek Bates)
    Shadows in the Wall (Book)
    Posted in: Books, Reviews

    The second novel by self-confessed political revolutionary and materials scientist Derek Bates sets an intriguing platform for uncensored discussion about church, state and economics. The main protagonist Jake Dearsey is a journalist with a political conscience whose humanity-focused take on capitalism and government causes him to lock horns with his editor (perhaps a thread of […]

  • Women Unlimited
    London Exhibitions on International Women’s Day
    Posted in: Highlights, Shows & Exhibitions

    International Women’s Day, March 8th,was celebrated with a number of exhibitions all over London and with many more expected over this coming month also dedicated to women. Here are two that caught our eye. 1.Women Unlimited Exhibition – Brick Lane Oxfam’s Women Unlimited exhibition shows how women in the developing world are emerging from poverty […]