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Hail Britannia in Contemporary Ballet

Shaadi Dance

George Balanchine, who was one of the early promoters of contemporary ballet, described his work as a melange of different influences weaved into a form which itself is a mesh of classical ballet and modern dance. “God creates.  I do not create.  I assemble and I steal from everywhere to […]

A Tom Vac By Any Other Name

Tom Woof by Coffey Architects

The Tom Vac Chair  was designed by Ron Arad in 1999 for Vitra.  Made from steel and polypropylene, this chair not only looks good but makes an even more comfortable seat.  Incredibly versatile, this chair can be used both indoors and outdoors and also can be stacked five high. I […]

Itching for an Etching

french fields

My family and I went out to the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea a couple of weeks ago. Our children like these fairs because the art is quite approachable.  No one tells them to shush and maintain their dignity.  They like looking for quirky artwork and usually there is some […]

The Wanderlust Travel Photo Contest

dead vldi

I’ve been stricken with wanderlust for as long as I can remember.  To help with the wanderlust (the condition), I am a big fan of Wanderlust (the magazine), an independent publication with a mix of interesting articles and insights for curious travellers. Billed as the biggest and best travel competition […]

Discovering RSC Costumes: In Stitches

lady anne costume

The RSC costume exhibit In Stitches is on display during the 2013/2014 season at Stratford-Upon-Avon.  In addition, during the showing of Richard II at the Barbican, some of the costumes in the exhibits were brought to London.  I can honestly say I had not given much thought to how much […]

Art and Ice

ice taxi

Have you heard of the Harbin International Snow & Ice Festival that started a couple of days ago in China?  Every year, Chinese artists carve sculptures from ice blocks taken from the nearby Songhua River to decorate a massive 100 acre site. Harbin is located in Northeast China, near Siberia, […]

Creating Balance with Anglepoise

paint splattered anglepoise

As part of the London Design Festival, I went to see the Creating Balance exhibit at the Speakeasy Expresso and Brew Bar in the Carnaby Street area of Central London.  You knew you were in the right place because a giant yellow Anglepoise greeted you on the street. Creating Balance […]

Fun at the Fair


On Sunday, I lured my boys to the Art Car Boot Fair held in Brick Lane with the promise of vintage cars to drool over.   The Fair is a chance for top artists to let their hair down and engage with the public in a fun, informal way.   […]


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