Reviews

  • Belgo Central (Restaurant)
    Posted in: Food & Dining, Reviews

    SITUATED five minutes from Covent Garden Station and almost next door to The Donmar Warehouse Theatre, this Belgian restaurant certainly can’t have any passing custom issues. They’ve certainly put the capital L into Location! Location! Location! but is the food classy enough to share the big stage with Theatreland and attract tourists and foodies alike? […]

  • It Comes at Night (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    OK, this zombie virus movie is not strictly horror and may have been given a horror title just to pull in the punters but it is still a class and a half above other 2017 releases in this genre. Its cheesy fright-flick title can work both ways and certainly put off those who abhor the […]

  • BP Portrait Award 2017 (Exhibition)
    Posted in: Galleries & Museums, Reviews, Shows & Exhibitions

    THIS YEAR’S competition, as with previous year’s, had visitors scratching their heads at the dilemma facing the selection committee and judges. The fantastic standard ranged from meticulously lifelike representations such as Delfin by Jesus Maria Saez de Vicunho Ochoa, to Alejandro an impressionist-influenced painting of artist Anca-Luiza Sirbu’s six-year-old son. And there were 2,500 such […]

  • All Eyez on Me (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    This much-awaited biopic about hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur had already drawn criticism from current rap king 50 Cent within hours of its release. As with all matters where there’s such high expectancy it can be difficult to please all the Tupac fans. It’s a big ask, trying to capture the dramatic rise to fame, controversy, […]

  • The Duce’s Boxer (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    On June 14th The Italian Cultural Institute in Belgravia hosted a screening of this documentary about a little known black Italian boxer called Leone Jacovacci who lived for a while in London, adopting the English name John Douglas Walker while he pursued his fighting career. He actually first started to box in the British Army […]

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

    LITTLE VENICE is a pretty suitable description for this tranquil canal area which is in 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 waterway. But there are no gondolas here though, although, swans, ducks, canoeists, and day-trippers […]

  • Wonder Woman (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    MANY FANS of the cult 1970s Wonder Woman series were praying against a remake that would harm the pristine memory of former Miss World USA Lynda Carter. In reality, the 2017 version would face little competition in the stunt and special effects departments. Dealing with the Carter-effect is another matter. The most effective way to […]

  • Across Spacetime (Book)
    Posted in: Books, Reviews

    Despite the ubiquitous genre subject matter, science fiction authors will inevitably find different approaches to time travel. Refreshingly, Angela Guidon’s debut novel about time-travelling research students does exactly what it says on the packet, unlike a similar cult 1995 fiction called Say Nothing of the Dog! which set one intriguing new benchmark for dealing with […]

  • Colossal (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    If you’ve ever wondered what else is left for monster movies when we’ve seen King Kong stomping through New York and Godzilla upending Japan, well the genre of the gigantic is turned on its head by a clever and darkly comical film called Colossal. It circumnavigates the blockbuster expectations of fifty-foot aliens, gorillas and lizards […]

  • The Black Prince of Florence (Book)
    Posted in: Books, Reviews

    Historical accounts since the 1500s claiming that Renaissance Florence was ruled by a ‘half negro’ duke called Alessandro de Medici are examined with meticulous scrutiny by author Caroline Fletcher. He was also the first duke of Florence so any reader would naturally be curious to discover how a black nobleman reaching that landmark fared in […]