Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Stage review: Great Britain, Haymarket

STAGE_gb480.jpgGreat Britain
Theatre Royal Haymarket

All the ills, woes and scandals of Britain's tabloid press are distilled, mixed with bile and chucked at the audience of the Haymarket with infectious glee in Richard Bean's state-of-the-nation farce.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Working Mum: In the desert of my social diary, how can two key events collide?

By Tabitha Ronson

For my birthday my friend announced that she had bought me tickets to see Kate Bush at Hammersmith.

At first I was speechless, unable to believe what I was hearing. This stunned silence was soon broken by one almighty squeal that lasted rather longer than was necessary.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Spiral Notebook: After a flight of fancy, down to earth with a bump

PLACES_lcy142.jpgUnless you have wealth, webbing or feathers, there is little glamour left in air travel.

The humiliation of the consumer is one that no other service would demand save perhaps Apple with an iOS upgrade or the NHS and its proctology (with whom, tellingly, air travel has a weird kinship).

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Spiral Notebook: David, Goliath and the sickening politics of scorn in Tower Hamlets

rahmanwalkout.jpgYou may believe that Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman is right to challenge the Government's investigation into alleged financial malpractice at the Town Hall.

You may believe that the council's publicly funded bid for a judicial review is a necessary David-and-Goliath battle to protect a fragile branch of democracy from Eric Pickles' Communities Department.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Book reviews: Scarcity, The Gods Of Guilt, The Young And Prodigious TS Spivet

BOOK_scarcity.jpgScarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much
Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir (Penguin)

The authors have a "big idea", another in the newly popular field of behavioural economics. The nudgers and freaks are joined by the lackies - those who live with scarcity.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Film review: A Most Wanted Man (15)

FILM_wantedman480a.jpgA Most Wanted Man
(15) 122mins

Director Anton Corbijn's sombre spy film is dressed in graffitied concrete, kebab shop neon and cold steel blue.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Spiral Notebook: The line of least resistance

Tower Hamlets charity Real has a strong chance of claiming the disabled services contract that was initially won by out-of-towners Pohwer.

Art: How Turner squared up to the oblong tendency

ART_turnerTate142.jpgLate Turner: Painting Set Free
Tate Britain

For the longest time pictures were brick-shaped. Photographs in an album and portraits on the wall were often pre-figured to the Golden Ratio, that pleasing aspect that had mathematical as well as aesthetic qualities.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Art: Clare Woods on her commission for London's river services


Cranky and Idler may sound like sneaky nicknames for your deadwood colleagues but in the hands of artist Clare Woods, they are shimmering takes on the River Thames.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Film review: Lucy (15)



(15) 89mins

Nothing in Lucy feels particularly new. It doesn't require a great deal of brain capacity to spot the references - 2001, Limitless, The Matrix, Inception.