Investigating the past, the present and the future at Hornsey Town Hall, the UK’s first Modernist-style building

Arriving at Hornsey Town Hall for its last-ever guided tour before its redevelopment(more on the reasons behind this later), I was intrigued to see a camera crew milling around outside. I later found out that this is a very popular location for filming, not to mention a lucrative source of income for the local council: … Continue reading Investigating the past, the present and the future at Hornsey Town Hall, the UK’s first Modernist-style building

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Jane Fonda on politics, protests – and the secrets to a happy life

I’ve always admired Jane Fonda – both as an actress and as an activist – and watching her being interviewed tonight by Graham Norton, in the stylish surroundings of the Savoy Theatre, was a joy. It’s hard to believe that this glamorous grandmother will turn 80 shortly; she looks amazing. Refreshingly, she admits to having … Continue reading Jane Fonda on politics, protests – and the secrets to a happy life

At home with Matisse – and a few of his very favourite things

The Royal Academy of Arts’ ‘Matisse in the Studio’ is a real treat. Essentially, it tells the story of Henri Matisse’s home environment – or studio – and how the objects he kept around him inspired his work. From ornate chairs and tables, to wall hangings, vases and sculptures, Matisse surrounded himself with beautiful items, … Continue reading At home with Matisse – and a few of his very favourite things

A chance encounter leads to a memorable Italian supper

In need of sustenance after watching a gripping – and gruelling – production of 'Boudica', I encountered a restaurant I hadn’t heard of previously, by the name of Pulia, on Stoney Street. I love Italian food and will take any opportunity that presents itself to sample some, so needed very little persuasion to enter into … Continue reading A chance encounter leads to a memorable Italian supper

Boudica: warrior, leader, rebel, mother – and subject of Shakespeare’s Globe’s latest compelling production

I can remember, as a child, being enthralled by tales of Boudica and her daring. Here is a woman who stood up to the Romans – and very nearly defeated them – uniting tribes across Britain as she did so. For a woman – a second class citizen in the 1st century AD – to … Continue reading Boudica: warrior, leader, rebel, mother – and subject of Shakespeare’s Globe’s latest compelling production

Still got it: Sharleen and Texas leave the Royal Albert Hall begging for more

There can’t be many bands that have been going for over 30 years and which still retain their original line-up. Texas is one of them, although I suspect most people would be hard-pushed to name any of the band’s members other than their charismatic frontwoman Sharleen Spiteri. I’ve admired Sharleen for as long as I … Continue reading Still got it: Sharleen and Texas leave the Royal Albert Hall begging for more

Tea for two at James Bond’s favourite hotel

St James’s is one of my favourite parts of London. From its luscious green parks to its eclectic mix of galleries and museums, from its twisting, mysterious side streets to its iconic shops and malls, it has something to offer everyone. Redolent with history (St James’s is where Henry VIII built his London palace, during … Continue reading Tea for two at James Bond’s favourite hotel