Category Archives: London

National Portrait Gallery – Images of Tudor Queens lecture by Alison Weir

If you’re not doing anything mid-day tomorrow, Alison Weir will be giving a free lecture in the Ondaatje Wing Theatre at the National Portrait Gallery at 1:15pm about iconic portraits of Anne Boleyn and other Tudor Queens in the Collection, … Continue reading

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Constance- little known Oscar Wilde play at Kings Head Theatre Sept 13-Oct 22nd

Constance Olivier Award Winning company Good Night Out Presents will stage the world premiere of the only unproduced Oscar Wilde play this September at their Islington home, the King’s Head Theatre.  According to an article in the Independent the 107-seat King’s Head … Continue reading

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Bach Brandenburg Concertos on Friday 2 September 2011 at St. Martin in the Fields

London Concertante is one of the most exciting chamber orchestras in the country. With an enviable array of critical acclaim, a sensational selection of CD recordings, and performances throughout the UK and Europe, London Concertante rightfully claims its position at … Continue reading

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Michael Ondaatje speaking about his new book The Cat’s Table August 31st

  Booker Prize winning author Michael Ondaatje will be in conversation about his new book with Geoff Dyer at the BP lecture Theatre, British Museum. The book won’t be out until October but according to Amazon: In the early 1950s, … Continue reading

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Opera Holland Park, London | The Nomad Cinema Sunday August 21st

This Sunday night Cinema Paradiso, a tale about the inspirational power of film,  is being shown at the lovely Opera Holland Park venue. An international box office smash, picking up awards at Cannes and the Oscars, Cinema Paradiso single-handedly revived … Continue reading

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BlueBirds, a musical August 17th- September 4th

In my quest to seek out the best in fringe theatre, I’ve yet to make it to the Above the Stag.   I think I will give it a go with Bluebirds, a musical which follows a plucky troupe of volunteers, … Continue reading

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DECADE – Sept 1st – Oct 15th

I am always eager to attend theatre in unusual venues and in the  information about this show it mentions that St Katharine Docks is one of London’s best kept secrets – situated in the heart of historic London next to … Continue reading

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The Gurkhas, Special Force Lecture at National Army Museum, August 10th 7pm

The National Army Museum has a series of celebrity speakers who explore the social, economic and historical aspects and influences of the British Army. There is an interesting one coming up about Gurkhas.   The community where I lived in Hong … Continue reading

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Lecture: In the Picture: China’s new energy pioneers with Toby Smith August 9th 7pm

After living in Hong Kong for several years, it was a depressing daily occurrence to read about the environmental fallout from China’s huge economic growth.  I’m aware that the country has moved forward with environmentally friendly alternative energy programs but … Continue reading

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Lang Lang – Beethoven Concerto Cycle – Royal Albert Hall March 20-March 23

Seeing Lang Lang perform anything is a unique experience and his first complete Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle in London would be a superb introduction. For the last few years 27 year old Lang Lang has been heralded as the ‘hottest … Continue reading

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5×15 Fall Events

At each 5×15 event, five outstanding individuals enlighten, entertain and inspire as they tell the story behind their most innovative ideas, grandest achievements and deepest obsessions – with the constraint that they must do this in just 15 minutes. The … Continue reading

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Sunset Yoga – Kensington Gardens August 31st 6pm

Although I admit that I prefer Pilates to Yoga,  I know there are many others that beg to differ.   Weather permitting, I think this outdoor mass Vinyasa Flow yoga experience might be fun. The Sunset Session! The Round Pond, Kensington … Continue reading

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Britain’s former colonies should stop blaming the Empire for their ills – Intelligence Squared-November 17th

One of the fall debates announced by Intelligence Squared: The British Empire has a mixed legacy. On the plus side we brought railways, the rule of law and the English language, the world’s lingua franca, to far-flung places. But it’s … Continue reading

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Film Aid Screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 at Electric Cinema July 20th

A friend associated with FilmAid has just visited the slums of Nairobi and the refugee camps of Kakuma and Dadaab:   Dadaab is is now the largest refugee camp in the world and it was terrible to see the thousands … Continue reading

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A Lion in Winter with Joanna Lumley and Robert Lindsay November 15 – January 28

Joanna Lumley and Robert Lindsay will star in the West End premiere of the 1966 Broadway play The Lion in Winter.  The Lion in Winter was famously made into a film starring Katharine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole. It was revived … Continue reading

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RSPCA– Puppies need help…..

One of the women in the pic above is a family friend who has revealed all as part of the Closer Mag campaign to raise much needed funds for the RSPCA.  Closer magazine are famous for persuading celebrities to shed … Continue reading

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Sylvia Plath’s ‘Three Women’. A Poem for Three Voices July 14th

. This is a rare opportunity to hear Sylvia Plath’s masterpiece, by kind permission of the Plath estate.  Sylvia Plath wrote Three Women for radio, a year before her death. It intimately traces the experience of pregnancy and childbirth and … Continue reading

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Keats House, Hampstead Romantic Poetry Performances in July

Keats House is where the poet John Keats lived from 1818 to 1820, and is the setting that inspired some of Keats’s most memorable poetry. Here, Keats wrote ‘Ode to a Nightingale’, and fell in love with Fanny Brawne, the … Continue reading

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Donmar Warehouse – Salt, Root And Roe Nov 10th – Dec 3rd

    Tickets have just gone on sale today for Tim Price’s new play at the Donmar which will run from  10 November – 3 December 2011. Twins Iola and Anest remain devoted to each other. Ageing fast, and with the … Continue reading

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London Literature Festival • Michael Morpurgo July 3rd

Michael Morpurgo Sunday 3 July 2011 – 11:30 I suppose there is a big range between suggesting a lecture with Julian Assange and recommending  a family show with Michael Morpurgo, one of the UK’s great storytellers.  But I guess that’s … Continue reading

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