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A quirky look at London Life... introducing our blog!

These days, the blog most often features food and music for our London tastebuds! 

 

Sink right down into that sofa!

There are probably some cashews down the side of the cushions

It's okay

Go right ahead

They are probably only a few days old

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October Date With London Literary History: Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia

October Date With London Literary History:  Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia | London Life | Scoop.it

DYLAN THOMAS FESTIVAL IN FITZROVIA

OCTOBER 20 - 26 

 

visit website for info and to book tickets

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LL loves Fitzrovia and the poetry of Dylan Thomas.

This celebration could prove irresistible.

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Who Are You? grayson perry @npg

Who Are You? grayson perry @npg | London Life | Scoop.it

Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry turns his attention to portraiture and British identity for this display of new works, including a self-portrait and a tapestry, made during his Channel 4 series Who Are You?

 

Fourteen portraits of individuals, families and groups, including politician Chris Huhne, a young female-to-male transsexual, Northern Ireland Loyalist marchers and X-Factor contestant Rylan Clark, have been inserted into the Gallery’s nineteenth and twentieth century rooms on Floor 1.

 

Grayson Perry: Who Are You? is a series of three sixty-minute films broadcast this autumn on Channel 4. Find out more about the series here.

 http://www.channel4.com/programmes/grayson-perry-who-are-you

 

Join the conversation using hashtag #GraysonPerry

 

 

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MERGE 2014

MERGE 2014 | London Life | Scoop.it
Merge Festival Is An Annual Festival To Encourage And Promote A Set Of
Exhibitions, Performances, Events And Happenings Which Draw On The Rich
Heritage And Contemporary Culture Of Bankside.
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October 20 update 

Still a little bit of Merge left! 

http://mergefestival.co.uk/

 

 

Most of Merge closes by October 19, so get along to view the melting house and the  Bompas & Parr exhib before they  melt or disappear!

Lots of intriguing things going  on!

 

watch the Tate Shots Merge video here 

http://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/video/tateshots-merge-festival

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Lee Bul Exhibition @ Korean Cultural Centre

Lee Bul Exhibition @ Korean Cultural Centre | London Life | Scoop.it

KCC-Artist of the Year:

 

 

Lee Bul

 

 

13 September ~1 November, 2014

 

 

Meet the Curators, Oct 20 (Mon), 7pm

 

Mami Kataota (Chief Curator, Mori Museum, Tokyo)

Jonathan Watkins (Director, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham)

Sook-Kyung Lee (Curator, Tate Research Centre)

  

Booking Essential: info@kccuk.org.uk

 

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On London Life's  "one to visit" list.

 

KCC

Grand Buildings, 1-3 The Strand WC2N 5BW

(main entrance Northumberland Ave)

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Escape to a wilder city: London as National Park

Escape to a wilder city: London as National Park | London Life | Scoop.it

" I suspect I’m not alone in holding certain, rather narrow, expectations of a National Park. Whether British like the Peak District, The Lakes or The Broads, or American such as Yellowstone or Yosemite, I want my National Park to have a tang of the wild.


And while I’m admiring the view from a mountain, foraging deep into a heavily forested river valley, or standing before the might of a geyser, I expect to be awestruck and, if I’m really lucky, to experience the sublime. This is why the notion of a major city as a National Park seems superficially ridiculous. However, it might be that it is our thinking that is wrong, rather than the challenging concept of an urban wild."


Richly Evocative blog

 
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London's hidden interiors – in pictures

London's hidden interiors – in pictures | London Life | Scoop.it
From the grandeur of Whitehall to an unremarkable high street in south London, a peek behind the capital's facades reveals an amazing architectural heritage that rivals some of its most visited and celebrated sites, as these images from a new English Heritage book illustrate
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Savoy Chapel ~ a very unique place with a great history.

Savoy Chapel ~ a very unique place with a great history. | London Life | Scoop.it

"Located on the Strand, the Savoy Chapel is a truly unique building with a fascinating history.  Also known as the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, it is arguably one of the lesser known historically significant Royal buildings in London."

 

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http://royalchapelsavoy.org/

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Exhibition: Art Of The Brick @ Old Truman Brewery

Exhibition: Art Of The  Brick  @ Old Truman Brewery | London Life | Scoop.it

 

"Nathan Sawaya's blockbuster LEGO ® exhibition, The Art of the Brick opens in London this September. The iconic building block has recently become the most popular toy in the world and it transforms into a world of playful fine art in this spectacular exhibition that has wowed millions across the world. 

CNN has previously rated the show 'one of the world's top ten must-see exhibitions', with over a million pieces of Lego® making up over 80 sculptures, including replications of famous artworks such as The Mona Lisa and Michelangelo's David, more personal works in dedicated to 'The Human Condition', a 'British' room full of exhibits created especially for London and of course his famous 'Dinosaur', the biggest of all the sculptures created from over 80,000 bricks and the iconic piece 'Yellow' which Lady Gaga recently commissioned for her G.U.Y. video. At turns fun, contemplative and thought-provoking, the exhibition offers an impressive breadth of artworks for all ages."

 

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Lego art?

Love Lego. Love art.

Brick art in Brick Lane.

From this glimpse, it looks unmissable.

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Free events @ The National Gallery #London

Free events @ The National Gallery #London | London Life | Scoop.it
Join in and be inspired: explore the collection with free events at the National Gallery every week

 

Take a free tour of the collection, every day of the week

Led by Gallery lecturers, these 60-minute tours stop off at some of the Gallery's most definitive works, providing a general overview of the collection.

Daily guided tours take place every day at 11.30am and 2.30pm. There are additional tours at 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Friday Lates tours take place every Friday at 7pm.

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31 March

 

I'm off to sample the free tour today @ 2:30.

Felt inspired by my visit to The Sunflowers yesterday!

 

Later

 

And very good it was too.

 

Rebecca Lyons was our guide and gave us an informed, engaging tour of selected works from the gallery., including putting the works in context. I'll be going back for another tour soon, as the passion and the insider knowledge really brought the paintings to life.

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Londres : street art

Londres : street art | London Life | Scoop.it
Promenade à l'est de Londres entre Aldgate East et Shoreditch, fresques de street art

Via You're Welcome Séjours Linguistiques
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Some great photos of East London street art.

 

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You're Welcome Séjours Linguistiques's curator insight, October 21, 2013 4:18 AM

Super nice cet article sur Londres, une vision différente, loin de Big Ben et de London Eye.

 

Tous nos séjours linguistiques à Londres http://www.yourewelcome.com/sejours-linguistiques-londres-52.htm ;

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Thousands of Ceramic Poppies Commemorate WWI in London

Thousands of Ceramic Poppies Commemorate WWI in London | London Life | Scoop.it
Artist Paul Cummins has planted a sea of 88,246 red ceramic poppies at the Tower of London to mark the centennial of Britain's entrance into WWI.
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October 1 2014

 

I went to this yesterday. Incredibly moving. Creates a strong visual sense of loss And the red of the ceramic poppies against the bright green grass .. reminded me of my first visit to The Tower to see where Ann Boleyn had been executed and many others besides ., the grass seemed rich from the blood that had poured upon it .. human fertiliser .. sobering thought

 

 

 

 

 

 

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POEM IN OCTOBER BY DYLAN THOMAS

It was my thirtieth year to heaven 

Woke to my hearing from harbour and neighbour wood 
And the mussel pooled and the heron 
Priested shore 
The morning beckon 
With water praying and call of seagull and rook 
And the knock of sailing boats on the net webbed wall 
Myself to set foot 
That second 
In the still sleeping town and set forth. 

My birthday began with the water- 
Birds and the birds of the winged trees flying my name 
Above the farms and the white horses 
And I rose 
In rainy autumn 
And walked abroad in a shower of all my days. 
High tide and the heron dived when I took the road 
Over the border 
And the gates 
Of the town closed as the town awoke. 

A springful of larks in a rolling 
Cloud and the roadside bushes brimming with whistling 
Blackbirds and the sun of October 
Summery 
On the hill's shoulder, 
Here were fond climates and sweet singers suddenly 
Come in the morning where I wandered and listened 
To the rain wringing 
Wind blow cold 
In the wood faraway under me. 

Pale rain over the dwindling harbour 
And over the sea wet church the size of a snail 
With its horns through mist and the castle 
Brown as owls 
But all the gardens 
Of spring and summer were blooming in the tall tales 
Beyond the border and under the lark full cloud. 
There could I marvel 
My birthday 
Away but the weather turned around. 

It turned away from the blithe country 
And down the other air and the blue altered sky 
Streamed again a wonder of summer 
With apples 
Pears and red currants 
And I saw in the turning so clearly a child's 
Forgotten mornings when he walked with his mother 
Through the parables 
Of sun light 
And the legends of the green chapels 

And the twice told fields of infancy 
That his tears burned my cheeks and his heart moved in mine. 
These were the woods the river and sea 
Where a boy 
In the listening 
Summertime of the dead whispered the truth of his joy 
To the trees and the stones and the fish in the tide. 
And the mystery 
Sang alive 
Still in the water and singingbirds. 

And there could I marvel my birthday 
Away but the weather turned around. And the true 
Joy of the long dead child sang burning 
In the sun. 
It was my thirtieth 
Year to heaven stood there then in the summer noon 
Though the town below lay leaved with October blood. 
O may my heart's truth 
Still be sung 
On this high hill in a year's turning.

Dylan Thomas

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BOHO LONDON :: The Museum Of Soho

BOHO LONDON :: The Museum Of Soho | London Life | Scoop.it
soho local history and museum community ephemera social archives

 

 

 

 

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Oho

so boho

soho

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literary footprints festival: October 2014

literary footprints  festival: October 2014 | London Life | Scoop.it

"Literary Footprints our month long festival of walks and talks about London Books and Authors returns in October."

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Artists to pay respects to the revolutionary Marcel Duchamp in new exhibition @ FAS

Artists to pay respects to the revolutionary Marcel Duchamp in new exhibition @ FAS | London Life | Scoop.it
When Marcel Duchamp placed a bicycle wheel on a wooden stool just over a hundred years ago, did he know exactly what he was setting spinning?
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‘What Marcel Duchamp Taught Me’ is at the Fine Art Society, London W1, 10 Oct to 5 Nov

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Artangel | José Damasceno: Plot

Artangel | José Damasceno: Plot | London Life | Scoop.it
Working outside the white walls of the gallery or the black box of the theatre or cinema, Artangel has commissioned many of the most notable artworks of recent years in a range of unexpected buildings and landscapes.
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@ Holborn Library until  November 23

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Neïl Beloufa: Counting on People @ Institute of Contemporary Arts

Neïl Beloufa: Counting on People @ Institute of Contemporary Arts | London Life | Scoop.it
In this first UK institutional exhibition of Neïl Beloufa’s work, the ICA show a selection of his latest works on film alongside recent sculptural works across the Lower Gallery and Theatre.
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It's on the LL to-view list.

until 16 November

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The Tiny island on the Thames that once held The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and the UK’s Largest Hippie Commune

The Tiny island on the Thames that once held The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and the UK’s Largest Hippie Commune | London Life | Scoop.it

"Let’s take a walk along the towpath by the Thames, breathing in the heady scent of summer. See that island in the middle? That’s where we’re headed."

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Eel Pie Island, anyone?

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South London’s Severndroog Castle now open

South London’s Severndroog Castle now open | London Life | Scoop.it

"After decades of closure, South London's very own castle is now open to the public again."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

read more here from the excellent London blogger Ian Visits: 

http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/28/south-londons-severndroog-castle-to-reopen-to-the-public/

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Opening hours and directions: http://www.severndroogcastle.org.uk/visit-us.html

twitter  feed https://mobile.twitter.com/Severndroog

 

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Two Houses In Spitalfields

Two Houses In Spitalfields | London Life | Scoop.it

"This is the secret door concealed behind the fireplace that connects the dwellings of Jocasta Innes, the Cook, Writer & Paint Specialist, and Richard MacCormac, the Architect, in Heneage St. It was my good fortune to step through this doorway upon my very first visit to Spitalfields, many years ago, and I think the wonder of this experience was instrumental in drawing me to this place.

 

Even then, it was apparent that this extraordinary architectural feature revealed the metaphorical nature of the two different houses it linked, each manifesting their owners’ contrasted sensibilities yet by their connection emblematic of the personal relationship which bound them together. Now Richard MacCormac has published a book entitled Two Houses In Spitalfields with atmospheric photographs by Jan Baldwin that serves as a poignant record of the life he shared there with Jocasta Innes who died last year."

 

 The Gentle Author

 

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What a perfect idea!  No room for marital discord with such a perfect arrangement at home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's lovely to be allowed through the secret door, through these photographs.  It can't have been easy for the photographer, but what a tribute to his wife and a beautiful way of honouring and remembering their lives together and apart, through these special domestic interiors. A fitting tribute to Jocasta Innes and what a gift to those of us who love beautifully restored characterful old houses. Especially those with secrets.

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Saturdays @ Rose Theatre

Saturdays @ Rose Theatre | London Life | Scoop.it

"The Rose Theatre was built in 1587 but was only discovered in 1989 during excavations for new office buildings. Two-thirds of the original site were discovered, and the public formed a campaign to 'Save the Rose' and protect it from redevelopment. The Rose was the first of four playhouses to be built at Bankside.

 

Shakespeare's company, which was based at the nearby Globe Theatre also played here. During the summer months Shakespeare's Globe brings tours to the Rose  every day except Monday, and the tours encompass both the Globe Exhibition and the site of the Rose.

 

Fundraising to fully excavate the site is still ongoing, and in the meantime, visitors can explore a light and sound exhibition, with a video narrated by Sir Ian Mckellan. There is also large scale model of the Rose Theatre as it might have been in 1587."

 

Info from londontown.com

 

  

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January 2014

I stumbled upon this today.

A Shakesperean gem, tucked into the backstreets.

Unique.

Surprising.

Enterprising.

And in need of your support.

 

Open every Saturday, from 10 - 5.

Closed during the week, except for evening productions.

Events @ Rose Theatre

http://www.rosetheatre.org.uk/

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rose_(theatre)

 

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Saatchi Gallery PANGAEA: NEW ART FROM AFRICA AND LATIN AMERICA

Saatchi Gallery PANGAEA: NEW ART FROM AFRICA AND LATIN AMERICA | London Life | Scoop.it

Until November 2

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Ants in your pants? Anyone?

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