Last Heron by Stella Davis

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Last Heron As the last heron goes, rooks fall from the sky like old black rags to carpet the new-laid field. ____________________Six days now, six days and nights without rain...

London’s Forgotten Genius

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Tucked away on the wall of 128 Kensington Church Street is a blue plaque marking the one-time home of Muzio Clementi. Composer, conductor, keyboard...

A Glamorous Life by Karl Manders

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IN THE SUMMER, while their shells are still a pale colour, you may eat the white kernels of unripe hazel nuts. You extract their...

A Glamorous Life by Karl Manders

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IN THE SUMMER, while their shells are still a pale colour, you may eat the white kernels of unripe hazel nuts. You extract their...

A Discrete Disclosure by Desmond King

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Frank’s Englishness was all about him for he dressed in country wear:  tweed sports jackets, check shirts, Burberry rain macs, and a perpetual woollen...

A Discrete Disclosure by Desmond King

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Frank’s Englishness was all about him for he dressed in country wear: tweed sports jackets, check shirts, Burberry rain macs, and a perpetual woollen...

Smoothly from Harrow, but a Bit Late by Chris Moss

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Chris Moss traces the literary journey of the commuter and celebrates his arrival as a 21st century Everyman “Man is born free, and is everywhere...

Battle of Ideas by Francesca Baker

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At this year's Battle of Ideas the opening debate concerning literature was entitled To Read or Not To Read - The Canon and the...

Coriolanus at the Donmar

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Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, performed at the Donmar Warehouse, Directed by Josie Rourke, Wednesday 18th December 2013   Loyal to Shakespeare’s ‘noisiest play’, the Donmar Warehouse brings us...

A Love Letter to London and Ideas Becoming Reality, An Interview...

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I’m wondering what you think of London’s cultural significance in 2013. If you make this interview just about London, it will be like a love...
Wapping, 1860‐4, Oil On Canvas Unframed 71.1 x 101.6 cm copyright of NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WASHINGTON D.C. McNeill Whistler

Whistler by River and Sea by Marina Vaizey

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An American in London: Whistler and the Thames Dulwich Picture Gallery 16 October 2013 – 12 January 2014 The charming, beautiful and even, at times, profound exhibition...

Poems on the Underground

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If for some reason you ever find yourself playing 'Tube Bingo' there a few things that you are guaranteed to be able to cross...

The Teacher by Manash Bhattacharjee

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To Upal Deb He wasn’t a blackboard Framing flightless birds Not a classroom figure Offering the curriculum To rows of bored faces He sat on his bed facing The window Van...

Madonna and Child by Hugh Dunkerley

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Don’t believe the lies: Joseph was a randy little sod. That’s why we had to leave, go back to Bethlehem where he told his family I was pregnant with...

Saints and Cheeses in the Philippines by Tom Sykes

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In 2010, I moved to the Philippines to work as a journalist, taking my then partner Donna and four-year-old stepdaughter Daisy. Our first day...

Jonathan Yeo at The National Portrait Gallery

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If you haven’t seen the work of Jonathan Yeo take yourself along to The National Portrait gallery. Since the early 2000’s Yeo has emerged...

Snowbound by Michael O’Neill

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Snowbound Carriages lit and still between the drifts ... With each flake it took on a new form, the city they seemed exiled from --- almost a sad,...

The Matter that Doesn’t Matter – Hill of Doors by Robin...

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‘He’s back in the ghost house where he, himself, is the ghost.’ (‘Broken’) ‘sending her long arrows in flight through the standing pines as if threading nets in...

Easter Island by Fiona Brenninkmaker

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Charting the evolution of Easter Island wooden carvings from spiritual receptacle to auction treasure.   Allow me to take you on a small journey to Easter...

Easter Island by Fiona Brenninkmaker

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Charting the evolution of Easter Island wooden carvings from spiritual receptacle to auction treasure. Allow me to take you on a small journey to Easter...

Writing Courses, London Style by Mark Isherwood

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London has a disproportionate number of writers compared to the rest of the nation. Or so we are told. Why is this? Is it...

The Soviet Prom by Neil Herrington

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  Wednesday, 21 August 1968   The moment you and Slava enter the dining room, he throws himself on the first person he sees, kisses both of...

The Soviet Prom by Neil Herrington

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Wednesday, 21 August 1968   The moment you and Slava enter the dining room, he throws himself on the first person he sees, kisses both of...

Coleshill by Fiona Sampson

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Coleshill, Fiona Sampson, Chatto & Windus, 80pp, £10.00 (paperback) ‘If only form were language…’ (‘Dreamsongs’) ‘We tremble, feeling everything’s in motion, and that feeling goes to and fro in the world...

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