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Welcome to London Life! Enjoy your visit and come back soon!

Welcome to London Life!                                      Enjoy your visit and come back soon! | London Life | Scoop.it

I enjoy stitching this together. It's a crazy patchwork of this city's cultural life ...past, present and yet to happen. It gets ripped apart and sewn afresh most days. Its frequent changes often depend on the colour of the sky, the mood on the street, the rhythm of the river.

 

I love this city, in its various guises. Curating this online magazine makes me love it even more. It's always going to be a voyage of discovery as I keep unearthing more interesting finds, while digging over the familiar. Join me on the journey! You'd be SO  welcome!

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Sit right down. Stay as long as you like and help yourself to refreshments. Have a good browse and let us know what you think. Email is probably best, if you don't want to sign up and leave a comment below any of the posts.

 

Either way I'd love to hear from you!

 

Ursula O'Reilly Traynor

bestoflondonlife@aol.com

 

 

 

          

 

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"I enjoy stitching this together. It's a crazy patchwork of this city's cultural life [...] Its frequent changes often depend on the colour of the sky, the mood on the street, the rhythm of the river."

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Photography Exhibition: Bob Mazzer @Howard | Griffin | Gallery

Photography Exhibition: Bob Mazzer @Howard | Griffin | Gallery | London Life | Scoop.it
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Last few days!

 

see also Bob Mazzler On The Buses, with thanks to The Gentle Author @ Spitalfields Life

 

http://spitalfieldslife.com/2014/07/11/bob-mazzer-on-the-buses/

 

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Theatre Choice: The Rape of Lucrece @ Southbank Centre

Theatre Choice: The Rape of Lucrece @ Southbank Centre | London Life | Scoop.it

"A Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Rape of Lucreceperformed and sung by Camille O'Sullivan.

 

Shakespeare's The Rape of Lucrece is a politically charged, sexually provocative and violent thriller.

 

In the hypnotic hands of internationally-acclaimed performer Camille O'Sullivan, this rarely performed epic poem is thrillingly brought to life through storytelling and song by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

With original music played live by Feargal Murray on piano, O'Sullivan inhabits the souls of both Tarquin and Lucrece.

 

While narrating their fates, she expresses an astonishing range of human experience contained in this dark tale – a story as monstrous as it is beautifully written.

 

A huge hit at the Edinburgh International Festival where Camille's performance won her the prestigious Bank of Scotland Herald Angel Award, this seamless and powerful blend of original music and verse is directed by Elizabeth Freestone.

 

This production of The Rape of Lucrece is adapted by Elizabeth Freestone, Feargal Murray and Camille O'Sullivan.

 

**** 'Magnificent… Pianist Feargal Murray and singer Camille O'Sullivan blow the dust off this 1855-line epic - and, most importantly, give the wronged Lucrece a voice. And what a voice it is: cracked with sorrow, bristling with quiet rage.'

Lyn Gardner (The Guardian)

 

'Camille O'Sullivan's brilliant reinvention of the poem is arguable the most significant Irish Shakespeare in centuries.' 
Fintan O'Toole (Irish Times)

 

***** 'Remarkable, glorious…a stunning achievement that I could watch over and over' (The Scotsman)

 

'The choice of O'Sullivan to tell this most anguished and timeless of tragic stories, both in song and in speech, is an inspired one... Equally confident in expressive narration as in singing, she captivates increasingly as she takes us ever deeper into Shakespeare's dark and terrible tale.' (The Telegraph)

'A perfectly-structured production of rare intelligence' (The Australian)

 

Elizabeth Freestone director
Camille O'Sullivan performer / singer
Feargal Murray and Camille O'Sullivan original music
Lily Arnold designer
Vince Herbert lighting
Claire Windsor sound "

 

Wednesday 9 – Saturday 12 July

 

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What's On @ Shakespeare's Globe

What's On @ Shakespeare's  Globe | London Life | Scoop.it
Shakespeare's Globe offers a theatrical season rich in variety.
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Controversial exhibition: BANKSY The Unauthorised Retrospective Curated by Steve Lazarides @ Sotheby's

Controversial exhibition: BANKSY The Unauthorised Retrospective Curated by Steve Lazarides  @ Sotheby's | London Life | Scoop.it
BANKSY The Unauthorised Retrospective
Curated by Steve Lazarides - View Exhibition details, buy and collect the various artworks at Sotheby’s S|2 Gallery from 12 JUNE - 25 JULY 2014
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Banksy might not be happy about this but I'm sure it will prove very popular. Expect long Qs

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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.  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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David Hockney @ Annely Juda Fine Art: The Arrival of Spring

David Hockney @ Annely Juda Fine Art: The Arrival of Spring | London Life | Scoop.it

 

David Hockney 
The Arrival of Spring

until 12 July 2014

                                   

Annely Juda Fine will be exhibiting David Hockney's series of 16 iPad drawings; The Arrival of Spring. These bold and striking iPad drawings have been printed on paper in an edition of 25. A further four prints have been printed in large format and mounted on dibond in an edition of 10. 


In addition to the iPad drawings the film Woldgate Woods, November 26th 2010 will be shown: 9 digital videos will be showing synchronised on 9 video monitors showing a slow progress through a snowy wooded landscape in East Yorkshire.

Showing on the 3rd floor gallery will be a group of charcoal drawings showing 5 separate views:

"I decided to do an arrival of spring in black and white (and greys) at the beginning of 2013. A change from the color I had used in 2011. I almost gave up on them a few times, but persevered with them, and finished about the end of May 2013. The Chinese say black and white contains colour, and so it can.

 

They are five separate views of Woldgate, and with each one I had to wait for the changes to happen. Some were too close to the previous ones and I realised I was being impatient. I had to wait for a bigger change. I thought it was an exciting thing to do. It made me look much harder at what I was drawing.

 

The totems were drawn immediately on my return from my exhibition in Cologne in November 2012. I drove out on Woldgate and noticed it had been deliberately sawn through. A bit before this I was sent photographs of graffiti that had been painted on it. Annoying but I thought the winter would take them away. I was at first very sad and went to bed for two days a bit depressed by the vandalism. Then I decided to draw it. I had had a very minor stroke that had kept me in London, and the first drawing after it took me two days to draw (the days are a lot shorter in November).

 

The minor stroke only manifested itself in my speech. I found I couldn't finish sentences, and although it came back after about a month I find now I talk a lot less. But it did not affect my drawing, I think it even made me concentrate more. I thought, well I'm OK so long as I can draw, I don't really need to say much anymore; I thought, I've said enough already.

When I sent the drawings to California Gregory said straight away he thought there was a difference he could see. Anyway all I did for the next six months was draw with charcoal. I made about twenty-five portrait drawings that took two days each to do, and kept up The Arrival of Spring drawings, which I was very keen to show in San Francisco in my Bigger Exhibition at the end of last year.

 

The color prints are from the iPad. These were drawn in 2011 and first shown at the Royal Academy in 2012, and so I have made just small editions of them. Some took two or three days to draw, and they were all drawn knowing they would be printed bigger. They were deliberately made for printing."

 

David Hockney, March 2014

 

 

 

 

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http://sco.lt/5RY7Qv

 

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East London from the air

#eastlondonair A unique and fascinating look at East London from the air. Music 'Stratosphere' kindly donated by David O'Brien / Gareth Johnson.

Via Gareth Rees
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It's Back! The Floating Cinema

It's Back!  The Floating Cinema | London Life | Scoop.it
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Booking now open for eclectic events on London canals that are sure to float your boat.

http://www.floatingcinema.info/events

 

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Under The Influence - The Photographers' Gallery

Under The Influence  - The Photographers' Gallery | London Life | Scoop.it
John Deakin exhibition

 

Watch an interview with Robin Muir', the creator of this exhibition here

http://thephotographersgalleryblog.org.uk/2014/04/18/an-interview-with-robin-muir-exhibition-curator-of-under-the-influence-john-deakin-and-the-lure-of-soho/

 

reviewed here

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/exhibitions/under-the-influence-john-deakin-and-the-lure-of-soho-photographers-gallery--exhibition-review-9274140.html

 

http://www.timeout.com/london/art/under-the-influence-john-deakin-and-the-lure-of-soho

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Until 20 July

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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
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Ants in your pants? Anyone?

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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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London Transport Museum » Poster Art 150

London Transport Museum » Poster Art 150 | London Life | Scoop.it

And the winner is ?

 

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The results are in and the public have decided that the best London Underground poster of all time is…Brightest London is best reached by Underground, designed by Horace Taylor in 1924.

 

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Friday Poem: Sea Canes

Friday Poem: Sea Canes | London Life | Scoop.it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sea Canes

 

Half my friends are dead.
I will make you new ones, said earth.
No, give me them back, as they were, instead
with faults and all, I cried.

Tonight I can snatch their talk
from the faint surf's drone
through the canes, but I cannot walk

on the moonlit leaves of ocean
down that white road alone,
or float with the dreaming motion

of owls leaving earth's load.
O earth, the number of friends you keep
exceeds those left to be loved.

The sea canes by the cliff flash green and silver;
they were the seraph lances of my faith,
but out of what is lost grows something stronger

that has the rational radiance of stone,
enduring moonlight, further than despair,
strong as the wind, that through dividing canes

brings those we love before us, as they were,
with faults and all, not nobler, just there.

 

from Selected Poems (Faber & Faber, 2007), copyright © Derek Walcott 2007, used by permission of the author

- See more at: http://poetryarchive.org/poem/sea-canes#sthash.1OIkMyca.dpuf

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Derek Walcott's  perfectly modulated reading of his elegiac, elemental poem,  'Sea Canes'

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Exhibition Choice ~GRAD Gallery ~Work and Play behind the Iron Curtain

Exhibition Choice ~GRAD Gallery ~Work and Play behind the Iron Curtain | London Life | Scoop.it

GRAD’s exhibition examines daily life in the new builds through the resulting boom in Soviet design, which saw the development of many beloved staple items of the Eastern Bloc: from the Chaika vacuum cleaner and the Vyatka scooter to Alenka chocolate and Nevalyashka roly-poly dolls. Bringing together domestic appliances, food and cosmetics packaging, electronic devices, toys and sporting equipment, the display reveals a lesser known side of Soviet society: consumerism and popular culture. Underground culture is hinted at through bootleg copies of vinyl records featuring banned Russian and Western music. Ingeniously made using illegally obtained medical X-ray sheets, they featured fragmented images of human skeletons and were circulated secretly up to the mid 1960s. 

 

This exhibition provides a rare opportunity to examine every day life, work and play in the Soviet Union, through the prism of its quirky, yet iconic designs, be they quotidian items such as the avoska string shopping bag or the model of luxurious limousine made especially for Stalin. 

 

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London Life intends to visit this exhibition!

It's on until 24 August

Free Entry

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South London’s Severndroog Castle to reopen to the public

South London’s Severndroog Castle to reopen to the public | London Life | Scoop.it
After decades of closure, South London's very own castle is to be opened to the public again.
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Opening on 20 July

12:30 - 4:30

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SHUFFLE FESTIVAL 2014

SHUFFLE FESTIVAL 2014 | London Life | Scoop.it
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30th July - 4 August

 More Details to follow! 

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Face To Face Festival @ Lost Theatre, Stockwell

Face To Face Festival @ Lost Theatre, Stockwell | London Life | Scoop.it

" The audience are an essential element of solo theatre."

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July 8-13

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Limb2Limb Theatre Company: Circles @ Omnibus Clapham

Limb2Limb Theatre Company: Circles @ Omnibus Clapham | London Life | Scoop.it

“Circles is a hypnotising performance that captures its audience through beautifully coordinated movements and a powerful script” – Three Weeks

 

'Step into the world of Alex and Kate… it’s a Saturday morning and the house is packed into boxes. Two siblings take the audience on a journey, seamlessly hopping from past to present and maybe even into the future.

Watch as they fight like brother and sister, recount childhood memories and share their family history. But is everything quite as it seems?

 

Circles is an intimate tale inspired by the human struggle to simply let go. Told using physical theatre, storytelling and an immersive soundtrack Circles promises a touching and unforgettable theatre experience.'

 

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One performance only

25 July

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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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What are London's WWII deep-level air-raid shelters used for?

What are London's WWII deep-level air-raid shelters used for? | London Life | Scoop.it
Stephen Smith reports for Newsnight on London's disused World War Two deep-level air-raid shelters, including one that is available to rent.
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Subterranean salad leaves, anyone?

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Sensational Butterflies @ Natural History Museum

Sensational Butterflies @ Natural History Museum | London Life | Scoop.it

"From chomping caterpillars to beautiful butterflies, the Museum's front lawn is alive with the return of our popular outdoor, Sensational Butterflies."

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There's something about simmersed that shouts butterflies!

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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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Giant Treehouses and Social Networks: Welcome to The Invisible City - The Ideas Arcade

Giant Treehouses and Social Networks: Welcome to The Invisible City - The Ideas Arcade | London Life | Scoop.it

"The Invisible City is a new type of art project; one which is less about the looking and more about the taking part."

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Details of the Kickstarter campaign here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/invisiblecity/the-invisible-city

 

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Stephani Kemayou's curator insight, March 14, 2:52 AM

Something exciting happening in London's Regent Park! If you are currently in London, I recommend you to visit!

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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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Poetry Choice : Business Girls

Track 2 from Betjeman's Banana Blush

 

Business Girls


From the geyser ventilators
Autumn winds are blowing down
On a thousand business women
Having baths in Camden Town

Waste pipes chuckle into runnels,
Steam's escaping here and there,
Morning trains through Camden cutting
Shake the Crescent and the Square.

Early nip of changeful autumn,
Dahlias glimpsed through garden doors,
At the back precarious bathrooms
Jutting out from upper floors;

And behind their frail partitions
Business women lie and soak,
Seeing through the draughty skylight
Flying clouds and railway smoke.

Rest you there, poor unbelov'd ones,
Lap your loneliness in heat.
All too soon the tiny breakfast,
Trolley-bus and windy street! 

 

John Betjeman

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Today's Poetry Choice was inspired by yesterday's Poetry and Music programme, which you can listen to here  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b046j877

AVAILABILITY: 6 DAYS LEFT TO LISTEN

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: Sunday 15 June 2014

 

"Roger McGough presents a programme examining the long relationship between poetry and music. Poets through the ages have collaborated with musicians from every genre from classical to drum and bass, taking in folk, punk and reggae. Featuring Edward Elgar, Sir John Betjeman, ee cummings, Gregory Porter, Michael Horovitz, Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen, John Cooper Clarke, Benjamin Zephaniah, Kate Tempest and the Scaffold."

 

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