London Antique Rug & Textile Fair goes online

London Antique Rug & Textile Fair goes online

LARTA Virtual 2021 is taking the place of the originally planned 11th edition of The London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair (LARTA). The dates are extended this year, as the whole event is taking place online at www.larta.net, and on Instagram @lartarugfair opening on Tuesday 26 January until Sunday...

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Stirling Moss: Rally Driver by Vic Quayle

Stirling Moss: Rally Driver by Vic Quayle

He was one of the greatest racing drivers the world has ever seen, and he died earlier last year at the age of ninety. He was so famous in the 1950s and 1960s, that when traffic cops pulled over a ‘boy racer’ for some speeding indiscretion, the admonition would usually...

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Best films of the past decade

Best films of the past decade

Every decade has its gems but some of the cinema produced in the ten years KCW London has been reviewing truly makes the head and soul ring. As the Christmas break is upon us, we’ve collected some of our favourites below for you to enjoy and look back on. To...

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Arctic: Culture and Climate

Arctic: Culture and Climate

Nearly 400,000 Indigenous Peoples live within the shrinking Circumpolar region, divided between eight nations, including the United States, Canada, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Greenland (which is a Realm of Denmark). They comprise forty different ethnic groups in the Circumpolar North, including Inuit, Aleut, Alutit, Sakha and Sámi, and...

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Mank

Mank

The year is 1940 and Hollywood screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Mank to his friends and enemies) is thirteen years away from fulfilling his lifetime ambition of drinking himself to death. Feeling, perhaps accurately, that his drunken sardonic rants have long since burned most of his bridges to the Hollywood establishment,...

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Trio By William Boyd

Trio By William Boyd

Mr Boyd is a consummate storyteller, cleverly knitting together four essential strands, namely Plot, Character, Narrative and Pace, and, adding to that, sharp, witty Dialogue and Descriptive Prose, and you have a novel worth reading. Another element has crept back into his writing canon, and that is humour. Early books...

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Hail to the Chief?!

Hail to the Chief?!

Where would caricaturists be without politicians? Whilst the occasional Kennedy or Obama is blessed with a fairly normal array of facial features, for the most part Nixon, Eisenhower and LBJ set the tone somewhere between ‘bulldog’ and ‘horrific fire at Madame Tussauds’. As a president, Trump very much hewed close...

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The Crack that lets in the Light

The Crack that lets in the Light

If a journey begins with a single step, so an architect’s design begins with a single line. Yards multiply to become miles, lines on blank paper may emerge as no more than a walk to the bus or expand into a great adventure. A journeyman’s best attempt, or a path...

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Relic

Relic

Horror deals with fear of the unknown and in most cases that ‘unknown’ is death. Our own inevitable end is frightening on such a profound level that when horror films try to scare us, they usually have to dress it up with blood-crazed werewolves or giggling ghosts. In contrast Relic,...

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The Human Voice

The Human Voice

The new short by Pedro Almodóvar makes the bold statement that getting dumped sucks. ‘Freely adapted’ (in the words of the credits) from a play by Jean Cocteau, The Human Voice whips by in a svelte, perfectly engineered thirty minutes that would leave me hungry for more if it wasn’t...

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