Thursday, 23 October 2014

Sherlock Holmes and the case of the icon decrypted

SH_props480.jpgAuthor Sir Arthur Conan Doyle provided the key element of the Sherlock Holmes myth - the character himself - with his scientific approach to crime, his bohemian lifestyle and his restless curiosity.

Green: How east London keeps west London cool

Canada_Square_Park.jpgWhat Shoreditch hipsters will tell you is confirmed by the environmentalists. It's east London that makes west London cool.

And that perennial role - as temperature regulator rather than fashion barometer - will become increasingly important as the capital comes to terms with the impact of climate change.

Stage review: Neville's Island, Duke Of York's Theatre

STAGE_neville480.jpgNeville's Island
Duke Of York's Theatre
★★★✩✩

Rain pours down on a verdant inlet and the perfume of pines fills the auditorium. Stormy camps, reluctant kindling and a fragile grasp on fortitude.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Working Mum: The kids are alright, but what about the guilty mums?

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By Tabitha Ronson

According to a new report, women can have it all.

Yes, it's official. Woman can go to work, do all the housework, raise a family, enjoy regular nights out with the girls, look like Amal Clooney (alright that may be pushing it) - all without damaging their offspring.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Film review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (12A)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
(12A) 101mins
★★✩✩✩

When mindless Megan Fox thinks about the loss of her father and her role in the whole Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle circus, her eyes tell a story.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Book review: More Fool Me, by Stephen Fry

BOOK_morefoolme.jpgMore Fool Me
Stephen Fry (Penguin)
★★★★✩

Oh, Stephen. Oh, deliciously wicked Stephen. What troubles come your way and how quickly they pass on by. For yours is a life of ineffable privilege and Houdini sleight.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Working Mum: Down at the nail bar, I scratch an itch for gossip and glam

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By Tabitha Ronson

Pre Master A, I was a regular nail bar visitor. Every Thursday after work, I would take my spot alongside other clients and let Janine get to work on taming my talons.

It was a ritual that not only left me feeling more feminine but also more in touch with life.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Film review: Effie Gray (12A)

FILM_effie480.jpgEffie Gray
(12A) 108mins
★★★★✩

If Effie Gray lacks the emotional release that the painstaking accumulation of frustrations appears to demand, it is perhaps testimony to the artistic courage of script writer Emma Thompson (who also stars).

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Film review: Filmed In Supermarionation (PG)

FILM_super480.jpgFilmed In Supermarionation
(PG) 119mins
★★★★✩

Thunderbirds visionary Gerry Anderson railed against the limitations of puppetry.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Working Mum: Why I confronted man filming kids in the park

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By Tabitha Ronson

Over the weekend, Master A and I went along to a free family event in our local park with one of his classmates, Talia, and her mum.

The sun was shining and laughter filled the open space. Children of all ages were taking full advantage of the activities on offer from old school fairground games and cake decorating to model car racing and crafts.