A homage to music

A homage to music

And therefore, I said, Glaucon, musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul, on which they mightily fasten, imparting grace and making the soul of him who is rightly educated graceful…-Plato If I had...

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Anything But A Drag: London’s Vibrant Drag Performance Scene

Anything But A Drag: London’s Vibrant Drag Performance Scene

Hot pink lights fill the stage. Dancing trash cans perform choreography while a cover of the iconic 90s anthem “Barbie Girl” pours out of the speakers, barely audible over the sounds of a cheering, whistling audience. The star of the performance struts in her high-heels across the stage, dressed in...

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Battersea Power Station: A History

Battersea Power Station: A History

In May, BBC2’s Great British Railway Journeys’ Michael Portillo remarked, “perhaps no building has been as distinctive as one that arose in the 1930s and that still looms over the Thames – Battersea Power Station.” This is less of an opinion than a statement of fact, as the power station...

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Half an Hour from Waterloo

Half an Hour from Waterloo

Once on board the Southern Region train to Salisbury and wearing my coronavirus facemask, I’m reminded of the infamous Novichok incident. I was in the city at that time and met a friend in a coffee bar, not more than 50 yards from the affected area, which was subsequently closed down...

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Coronavirus can help us to reclaim our streets 

Coronavirus can help us to reclaim our streets 

When the UK went into lockdown, we were forced en-masse to disband our routines. Like many others, my new normal now included a daily walk. Using the initially allotted exercise hour, I would stroll from Shepherd’s Bush to Hammersmith River, cross Hammersmith Bridge, lap the perimeter of a small lake,...

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Flowers virtually everywhere

Flowers virtually everywhere

When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden. – Minnie Aumoni   By May Woods Undoubtedly the cancellation of the biggest event on any horticulturalist’s calendar, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, has left many bereft.   In its long history, the Chelsea Flower Show has...

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Chiswick: A tale of two rivers

Chiswick: A tale of two rivers

Nature and Man have smiled on Chiswick. For those who have not had the good fortune to discover the place (Chiswick means ‘cheese farm’ in Old English which is fair enough), the experience can be conveniently divided into two: South Chiswick and North Chiswick. One is defined by the Thames...

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The Music Man Project

The Music Man Project

David Stanley, a former Deputy Head teacher at a Performing Arts Specialist Secondary School and now director of the Music Man Project, was inspired after teaching his friend Tony, who has Downs Syndrome how to play ‘I am the Music Man’. In 2001 David started the Southend Mencap Music School,...

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Four ways to prepare your child for boarding school

Four ways to prepare your child for boarding school

By Helen Lami, course director of Academic Summer Beautiful buildings, the chance to forge lifelong friendships and a varied curriculum – minus the charms and herbology lessons: some of the similarities that British boarding schools have with J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Unlike Harry’s journey to Hogwarts, getting ready...

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