Early shots in the battle of Portobello

North Kensington residents are facing two monumental battles against the kind of gentrification that has changed nearby Notting Hill from the scruffy home of artists and the Windrush West Indian community, into a playground for the mega-rich. The eclectic, anarchic and historic charm of the upper reaches of Portobello Road...

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New planning Czar for RBKC

Graham Stallwood may soon be the most influential man in Kensington and Chelsea after being appointed as the new Executive Director for Planning and Borough Development. This key post incorporates responsibility for planning policy, planning application decisions, conservation, building control, arboriculture and land charges. Property represents the biggest economic sector...

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Alexander McQueen – Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen – Savage Beauty V&A Until 19 July 2015 Admission £16 www.vam.ac.uk/savagebeauty   The buzzwords have been buzzing about like sewing bees in the press: ‘Iconic’, ‘Genius’, ‘Tortured’, ‘Innovative’, ‘Outspoken’. All, no doubt, true, but the main focus of this busy and rich exhibition is not so much on...

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Women’s place in architecture

Look in the index of a first edition (1940) of J M Richards’ important book An Introduction to Modern Architecture and you will find no women. Zilch, nada. Advance time by half a century, to 1990, and more than 50 are featured from around the world in Women in Architecture...

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Defining Beauty: The Body In Ancient Greek Art

  British Museum   26th March 2015 – 5th July 2015   The Ancient Greek civilisation has exercised an unfailing fascination for many great minds throughout history. This civilisation gave us a model for art which, perhaps, we have equalled but not surpassed. The Greeks excelled in every domain of...

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The watchmaking tradition of Glashütte

To the east of Dresden, lies the town of Glashütte which is acknowledged as the major center of watchmaking in Germany. It differs in character from the cities of Augsburg and Nuremberg, famous for their medieval prowess in clock and watchmaking, in that it became successful in the 19th century....

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