Michelle Mone: Baroness, entrepreneur, business woman…and all-round good egg

I've been very lucky this past fortnight to hear not one, but two, inspirational - and very different - speakers talk about their lives, careers, successes and failures to date. Last week, I was privileged to listen to Clarke Carlisle talking about his battle with mental health issues; today, at Belfast's Riddel Hall, I encountered … Continue reading Michelle Mone: Baroness, entrepreneur, business woman…and all-round good egg

Brian Wilson presents ‘Pet Sounds’: A memorable night out at the London Palladium

Words like "icon" and "inspirational" are bandied around a lot these days, but having just got back from watching Brian Wilson on his 'Pet Sounds' tour - a celebration of the album's 50th birthday - I don't think I can use them enough. I encountered a few raised eyebrows - and, dare I say it, … Continue reading Brian Wilson presents ‘Pet Sounds’: A memorable night out at the London Palladium

Historian and Royal Palaces’ Curator Tracy Borman on ‘The Private Lives of the Tudors’

Today, 19th May, is the anniversary of the execution of Anne Boleyn. An appropriate day, then, for Tracy Borman to launch her new book, 'The Private Lives of the Tudors'. First things first, Borman is a BRILLIANT speaker - joint Chief Curator for Historic Royal Palaces by day, as an author she is knowledgeable & … Continue reading Historian and Royal Palaces’ Curator Tracy Borman on ‘The Private Lives of the Tudors’

A visit to the Jewish Museum, in Camden, proves both enlightening and educational

I enjoyed my visit to the Jewish Museum in Camden, which tells the history of the Jewish people over the past 4,000 years. In doing so, it doesn't seek to lecture or preach - instead, it takes the approach that to educate is to enlighten, and I certainly came away feeling as though I'd learned … Continue reading A visit to the Jewish Museum, in Camden, proves both enlightening and educational

Here at last. But will this revival of ‘Sunset Boulevard’ live up to expectations?

What is there to say about Glenn Close that hasn't already been said? Talented, gutsy, beautiful, inspiring...and, if that wasn't enough, a great singer. A more extraordinary actress you'd be hard pushed to find. And yet, 'Sunset Boulevard', at the Coliseum, left me feeling slightly underwhelmed. Not, it goes without saying, because of GC's performance … Continue reading Here at last. But will this revival of ‘Sunset Boulevard’ live up to expectations?

‘Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art: another corker of an exhibition from the National Gallery

Just back from seeing 'Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art', the National Gallery's exhibition about the French Romanticist and the influence he had not just upon his peers but upon later generations of painters, some of whose works were also displayed. One of the things I love about visiting exhibitions like this is what … Continue reading ‘Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art: another corker of an exhibition from the National Gallery

‘Haram Iran’: a difficult, but necessary, watch

In 2005 two teenagers, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni, were hanged in Justice Square in Mashhad, Iran. The crime for which they were hanged was the rape of a 13-year old boy; to this day, however, many believe they were executed simply for being gay. 'Haram Iran' is a fictional re-telling of their story, which … Continue reading ‘Haram Iran’: a difficult, but necessary, watch