See Buzz Aldrin in Conversation with Brian Cox at the Science Museum February 28

ImageHandler.ashx-2On February 28th you’ll have a chance to see Buzz Aldrin, one of the first two humans to set foot on another world, which he achieved in the 1969 Apollo 11 moonwalk.   He will be interviewed by British Physicist Brian Cox.

Since retiring from NASA, Aldrin continues to chart a course for future space travel and is passionate about inspiring the younger generations of future explorers and innovators.

Professor Brian Cox is an Advanced Fellow of particle physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester and presenter of numerous science programmes including BBC2’s Stargazing Live.

Science Museum.


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The London Art Salon: London’s art in a relaxed social setting

I often post on literary events and lectures, but Londoners have their choice of art lectures as well.  Here’s one salon which enables you to stay current with the exhibitions around town and do so in a relaxed setting.

The London Art Salon brings together expert speakers with an engaged membership in a series of talks, lectures and discussions covering London’s current exhibitions, events, art history and the art market. Their goal is to provide a guide to London’s art in a relaxed social setting, where salon attendees can make new friends and share their   curiosities.  They believe that art should not be a dry dusty subject, locked away for academics, but a starting point for human connection, a reflection of its surroundings and society, and a meeting point for interested and interesting minds.


What’s on at the London Art Salon this season

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For My NYC readers…Eco rock Feb 26th

On Feb 26th you’ll have a chance to support the Rainforest Action Network and hear Winning Review friend Howard Altmann give a poetry reading at the Cutting Room.  Suzanne Vega will be there too…..


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Feb 7 One night only cabaret at the Landor Theatre

 Buy tickets for this great lineup next Sunday evening to help raise money for Shelter–which combats homelessness.

Landor Theatre | The Landor Theatre

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Page Victor (@pcvictor63) • Fantastic London Instagram photos and videos

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Winning Review reader from our early days, Page Victor, is capturing London each morning in all its glory.  Page’s photos are stunning and if you’re following my blog and don’t live in London already—you’ll soon want to.   Page Victor (@pcvictor63) • Instagram photos and videos.

I know that Page is always trying to find new ways of seeing London and according to the Guardian you can now go on a new type of tour that offers a fresh perspective on a familiar city,  It’s all part of the experience of an Unseen Tour, a walk around London with someone who knows it from a rather different point of view to your typical guide, because they once lived on the streets.  Unseen Tours: £10 (£7 concessions),


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 Magical Lantern Festival at Chiswick House opens Feb 3rd

imageFrom Chiswick House: The UK Premier of the world famous Magical Lantern Festival comes to Chiswick House & Gardens in London for the first time in its long and elaborate history.

The festival is a spectacular artistic installation of beautifully sculpted lanterns taking various forms from animals and birds to buildings and abstract lantern designs of all shapes and sizes. Experience amazing illuminations of art and light through giant sculpted lanterns in a variety of forms and structures. Soak up the buzzing carnival atmosphere with live cultural staged performances, tease your taste buds with a range of international cuisines and meander through the market and take home a beautiful lantern of your choice to adorn your home.

The Magical Lantern Festival will be a unique cultural experience and the only place to celebrate the Chinese New Year in all its glory and tradition. A festival for the whole family to enjoy together, with something for everyone, a must see event!
Ticketed entry every 15 minutes from 5.00pm to 8.45pm – please see the link on the right.

Buy tickets to the Lantern Festival through Ticketmaster on GIVEASYOULIVE.COM, choosing City Harvest London

I’ve recently been encouraging everyone to use to be the portal for all your online shopping-it will let you donate to good causes…..for free!.  While you pay the same prices you would have, the 4,000+ retailers on this site give a % of the sale price to the charity of your choice.

Since the charity City Harvest London is dear to me, I encourage you to select it as your charity of choice on giveasyoulive. com   I just bought my tickets for this event using Ticketmaster through giveasyoulive!  An
d all my ATG theatre tickets can be purchased through  the portal as well.

Chiswick House and Gardens – Magical Lantern Festival

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Visit The Museum of Innocence at Somerset House

Somerset House is delighted to announce a collaboration with Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk which will see a unique new version of his collection The Museum of Innocence, the physical manifestation of his novel of the same name, travels to Somerset House in January 2016.  If you haven’t read the novel Museum of Innocence I highly recommend it.

Both the novel and the museum tell the story of engaged wealthy socialite Kemal Bey’s obsessive love for Füsun, his twice removed cousin and a beautiful shopgirl, through an array of everyday items which have taken on special emotional significance as mementos and keep-sakes of the couple’s ill-fated romance.

From Somerset HouseThe exhibition at Somerset House will focus on 13 vitrines filled with everyday objects that each represent a single moment within the relationship, interwoven with film by celebrated director Grant Gee, original material about the making of the museum and facsimile manuscripts of the novel. More than the sum of their parts, each vitrine lends insight into the private world and passions of the novel’s characters as well as Istanbul as a city. Some pieces, such as hair clips, toothbrushes or cologne, hint at the fictional lovers’ bodily presence; some at everyday life in 1970s Istanbul through newspaper clippings, tin spoons and salt shakers; and some at key moments within their love story, such as the formal invitation to Sibel and Kemal’s engagement party.

The careful collection and curation of each piece in the exhibition demonstrates the magic of everyday items and the imprint we leave not just on the lives of those who love us but the objects with which we surround ourselves.”

Source: The Museum of Innocence : Somerset House

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