The name’s Moore…Sir Roger Moore

“I was always destined to play heroes”, Sir Roger Moore told us this afternoon, at the outset of his interview with his biographer Gareth Owen. Sir Roger (he told us we could call him anything we liked, but it’s not very often you get to meet a knight of the realm) was at the Southbank … Continue reading The name’s Moore…Sir Roger Moore

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‘Tonight with Donny Stixx’

It’s incredible, the number of ‘pop-up’ theatres that are springing up all over London. I love them – they’re generally found in interesting locations, making innovative use of spaces which you wouldn’t necessarily associate with theatre or the arts in general. They also tend to be better at promoting new writing and new talent than … Continue reading ‘Tonight with Donny Stixx’

A joyful production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ heralds the beginning of the festive season

Much as Jo grumbles at the beginning of 'Little Women' that Christmas without presents won't be Christmas, so for me Christmas is not the same if I don't get to see at least one version of 'A Christmas Carol'. Is there any story more festive or heartwarming than Dickens' tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim … Continue reading A joyful production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ heralds the beginning of the festive season

Not such a victim, after all: a welcome retelling of the life of Charles Dickens’ wife, Catherine

Over the years, there has been a tendency to view Charles Dickens’ wife, Catherine, as a victim. There’s the version of accounts with which we’re all familiar: submissive Victorian wife, bearer of their ten children, unhappy divorce, rumours of mental instability... Dickens, of course, was the first-ever “celebrity” that this country ever produced – the David … Continue reading Not such a victim, after all: a welcome retelling of the life of Charles Dickens’ wife, Catherine

“Bits of me are falling apart”, says Ade Edmonson (I know just how he feels)

Recently, I read an interview with Ade Edmonson in which he spoke of his desire to be remembered as an actor, rather than as a comedian. It is, after all, comedy which has defined his career thus far: ‘The Young Ones’, ‘Comic Strip’ and ‘Bottom’ have pretty much confirmed his status as a national (comic) … Continue reading “Bits of me are falling apart”, says Ade Edmonson (I know just how he feels)

How ‘One Night in Miami’ changed the course of history forever

Muhammad Ali did not celebrate his 22nd birthday in the way that most men his age might have chosen. Despite the fact that he had just become the new world heavyweight champion, he spent his birthday evening in a hotel room chatting to three of his closest friends: Sam Cooke, Malcolm X and the American … Continue reading How ‘One Night in Miami’ changed the course of history forever

Another excellent New Zealand wine tasting: proof, it if were needed, that New World wines are the way forward

I've long been a fan of New Zealand wines and tonight's 'Wine & Dine' at Central London Wine Society only served to illustrate what I already knew: that this is a country at the top of its game when it comes to wine-making. I thought three of the whites were excellent: the Nelson 2015 Te … Continue reading Another excellent New Zealand wine tasting: proof, it if were needed, that New World wines are the way forward

A highly enjoyable visit to the ICE’s Bridge Engineering exhibition, featuring the world’s longest-ever LEGO bridge

Quite an emotional day for me today, going back to the place where I had my first “proper” job after university: The Institutionof Civil Engineers. I had a ball working there: loved the people, the location and the role; even though I chose to move on eventually and pursue a different career, the ICE will … Continue reading A highly enjoyable visit to the ICE’s Bridge Engineering exhibition, featuring the world’s longest-ever LEGO bridge

A glimpse into David Bowie’s personal art collection tells us much about David Bowie the man

Musician. Actor. Writer. Icon. All of these epithets - and more - can be applied to David Bowie. What is less well-known about him is that he was (a) passionate about art, and (b) an avid collector. Tonight, we were at Sotheby's to view the 'Bowie / Collector' exhibition - DB's personal art collection, which … Continue reading A glimpse into David Bowie’s personal art collection tells us much about David Bowie the man