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News that scientists examining human remains found during the Crossrail excavations have identified the bacterial cause of the Great Plague of London (it’s Yersinia pestis), had the Today programme dipping into its copy of A Journal of the Plague Year. Rather than descriptions of symptoms and mass burials, here’s a peep at what Daniel Defoe had to say about our neck of the woods in his novel about the 1665-6 outbreak.
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Watch: wedding planning tips from the ultimate pros. No matter what your budget: a must see interview with the world's no.1 wedding planner:
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Pecorino is typically associated with the cheese from Italy, however, today it's gaining fame for being both old and new white wine from South Eastern Italy, along the Adriatic. Old due to the grape variety being considered only good enough for large-scale blending for cheap wine and today because a growing number of winemakers are busy discovering its potential as single variety.
Light yellow in colour and freshly tasting of sweet pineapple with slight hint of Turkish delight. There is a little spice and a touch of a bitter finish. You can easily smell variety of Bon-bons, in English hard boiled sweets, reminding you of a summer childhood evening with sticky fingers.
For vegetarians, serve with something like a Greek salad topped with Feta cheese and freshly cut red onions, don't forget plenty of fresh herbs!
For meat eaters you could bring to the table grilled chicken with spinach mixed with roasted tomatoes and fresh mango.
A nice little bargain from Wairtrose for £5.99
- Created: 08 April 2016 08 April 2016
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If you thought Lambeth Council's behaviour couldn't sink any lower, then think again. For all of this week cllr's Jim Dickson, Michelle Agdomar, and Jack Holborn have barred access to local businesses working in a separate wing of the Carnegie Library building.
Nearly 20 business owners have been refused access to their own work places this week and have become embroiled in a dispute with their own Landlord, London Arts Base, who have a running agreement with the council to let the space.
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As the community asserts a stronger desire to keep their local library open, the local council employ more draconian measures to close it.
Access to people who rent space in the library is now being blocked in an attempt to put pressure on the seperate "occupy Carnegie" effort. This action brings into question the legality of the action taken by Lambeth council against the local community and also the police who are tryig to manage access to the building.
For councillors to take on a local community is obviously very brave. This issue is spreading, not just across London and the UK, but from even traditionally neutral countries like Switzerland where knowledge is prized above cries for austerity.
It would appear the Carnegie Library protest is the canary in the coal mine. The people of South London are not willing to have their beloved library taken from them by uncompromising, high-handed officials.
The question is not so much whether the Occupy movement will sustain, but rather should the councillors resign over this issue. Being wrong is one thing, being hopelessy out of touch with the people you represent is quite another!
‘The Revenant’ feels the St. Valentine’s love at the ee british academy film awards in 2016 scooping 5 awards
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The Revenant received 5 BAFTAs last night at the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, including Best Film, Director, Cinematography, Sound and Leading Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio. Mad Max: Fury Road also picked up four awards for its return to the big screen: Costume Design, Production Design, Make Up & Hair and Editing. Brie Larson won the Leading Actress award for her role in Room and Outstanding British Film went to Brooklyn. Sir Sidney Poitier was awarded the Academy Fellowship, BAFTA's highest accolade, in recognition of his outstanding and exceptional contribution to film.
Champagne Taittinger, official Champagne Partner to the British Academy for the 14th year running, once again added extra sparkle to the proceedings, not least through the attendance of Vitalie Taittinger. Vitalie is the Marketing Director at Champagne Taittinger and daughter of President, Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger.
- Created: 05 February 2016 05 February 2016
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her Royl Highness Queen Sonja of Norway oficially opened the new exhibition, "Painting Norway" by Nikolai Astrup (1880-1928), at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. The exhibition is filled with beautiful prints and paintings that define the interactions between light and landscape, expressed in striking memorable colours.
HM Queen Sonja said: "Nikolai Astrup has contributed significantly to shaping our understanding of Norway. In that sense, the title of this exhibition is indeed fitting: Nikolai Astrup. Painting Norway. He transformed his own, private visions of the natural environment into scenes of universal relevance...Astrup visited London in 1908, with the main aim of studying the paintings of John Constable, an artist he admired greatly. In a sense, we could say that he has now returned, with the fruits of his studies."
Visitors to Norway are always notably struck by the force of nature upon the psyche. This exhibition of over 90 works of Astrup's work, brings that personal experience to life in a timeless way and this show is another must see for visual art lovers in London.
Exhibition runs until 15 May 2016.
Address: Gallery Rd, Southwark SE21 7AD
Hours: Open today · 10am–5pm
Architectural style: Modern architecture
Phone: 020 8693 5254
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Lambeth Council scheme will see loss of historic Carnegie Library as building handed to Greenwich Leisure Limited
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A demonstration against the closure of the Carnegie Library is planned for 6:30pm on Monday 12th October at Dunraven School in Streatham, South London. Individual councillors can also been contacted (information below).
One of south London’s most beautiful and much needed libraries is to be gutted and refitted as a gymnasium under the running of Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL). The Carnegie Library in Herne Hill is a landmark with much more than architectural and natural beauty to speak for it.
The library is also a well used community space where mothers are able to bring their children each week to play and learn in a safe environment at no cost. The Carnegie Library currently has a large room where children can play, gain their first experience of reading, with access to hundreds of children’s books, and even play in safety in the secluded outdoor area that has it’s own fruit trees, seating and herb patch. These are all free and invaluable services the Carnegie Library now offers to the local community and that also contribute so much to its unique character.
As one of the people who hire desk-space in the upper rooms, it has been a rare opportunity to get to know other businesses and creatives who are both living and working in the area. The Carnegie Library has its own peaceful atmosphere that is now being threatened by plans to gut its interior and redevelop the space as a gymnasium.
Part of being in the Carnegie Library building everyday means that we see local faces on a regular basis. In the last few weeks the expressions of visitors have turned to distress as news of the planned loss has filtered through. One elderly lady stopped me by the Ferndene road entrance and after lamenting the Carnegie Library plans for closure, said, “we must do all we can to keep this place going!”. This place is more than just a well stocked and friendly library, it is a community haven with a unique history that has played an important role in the lives of thousands of residents over many decades. It is a vital component in the lives of all the people who come here each week.
The Carnegie Library also contributes creatively with gallery spaces, music sessions, reading groups, free internet usage and study space. This kind of public space is irreplaceable and must be protected for the very young and the elderly who are often not represented in the statistical analysis presented in council reports that call for change. It has been dutifully guarded for many years by the ‘Friends of Carnegie Library’.
Lambeth Council’s case for closure
The long report produced by the councillors (download here: http://goo.gl/sWZEYj) states that the Carnegie Library will be renamed ‘Carnegie Healthy Living Centre’ and contractually licensed to Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) where it will be gutted and then reopened. The reports states: “There will be an increased emphasis on income generation..”.
This last point highlights the true intention of the councillors actions. Put simply, the views of the community do not matter. No one wants this option but it is being forced through simply because the council do not have the creative capacity to closely look at other sources of revenue that could both secure a functioning Carnegie Library as well as make it sustainable in the face of future cuts.
This document is presented as a consultation but ignores many of the proposals of community members to assist in the generation of income to keep the Carnegie Library going.
Instead they are happy to sign away this historic treasure to GLL who currently hold no less than ten other council leisure contracts in Lambeth alone, under their subsidiary brand ‘Better’ (http://www.better.org.uk/). The point being is that this is an easy option for the council as it requires no effort.
Do we need another gym?
Lambeth council cite many statistics in their report as evidence why a gymnasium is needed. A quick search on the internet reveals that Lambeth is awash with such places, not to mention the amazing parks with tennis courts, football pitches, swimming pools, specialised classes etc (The Carnegie Library does currently offer pilates and yoga which are also well recognised as contributors to wellbeing in modern life).
The conclusion really has to be that far from not being able to afford to keep the Carnegie Library open, we simply cannot afford to see it closed. Access to free unfettered educational space is very limited in Lambeth. The Carnegie Library offers space to work, read, think, relax, to a community that is represented by all ages and all walks of life.
The loss of one of London’s great working spaces due to the short sightedness and weak will of the councillors who decide that fate, ensure once again that a community is about to hand a much prized jewel to a private enterprise whose mantra is “increased emphasis on revenue generation”.
1. You can make your voice heard by emailing the councillors directly: Herne Hill ward councillors:
*all email addresses are in the public domain
2. The final decision will be made on Monday 12th October, at Dunraven school in Streatham. http://moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=225&MId=9359
3. A demonstration will take place outside the meeting at 6:30pm.
4. The full report can be downloaded here?: http://goo.gl/sWZEYj
Nick Breeze is a writer and filmmaker who currently rents desk-space within the library.
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Champagne is the most famous wine region in the world with a number of big name houses producing much of the sparkle that is now synonymous with celebration and style.
In this interview Clovis Taittinger, export director, explains why he decided to follow in the family business and also dishes out a good champagne and food tip you may want to try this summer!
Taittinger produce around 6 million bottles per year and sell their wines throughout the world. In the UK Taittinger is widely available in many retail outlets and ranges in proce depending on what you are looking for. The range is extensive and the reputation good, so if you are looking for a good benchmark to get the summer rolling, give this a try. The rosé is particularly fun and refreshing and the perfect picnic wine!
- Created: 25 June 2015 25 June 2015
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West London Art gallery, Lena Boyle has a been showing some stunning art works by a range of contemporary painters and sculptors, as well as by established Modern British greats. As far as we can tell, a contemporary artist becomes a Modern British artist by a process that includes shaking off one's mortal coil.
KATIE MINOPRIO, Night Sky, 120 x 120 cm, oil on canvas, Click to view artworks by Katie MINOPRIO
having been dealing in artworks for over 20 years, Lena Boyle is an established figure on the London dealing scene and has a broad stable of artists on display. Her works by Fedden are particularly attractive and seem to hark back to a world that once was, one that I would quite like to visit. In fast changing times, it does seem that keep a record of who we once were and where we are in the rapidly receding present is worthy and enjoyable exercise.
'Going Home' by Mary Fedden OBE RA
A larger list of artworks can be viewed on Lena Boyle's web site at www.lenaboyle.com. She will shortly be announcing her summer exhibition as will many other galleries. We will be reporting back on that very soon.
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Mark Niemierko has developed a wedding business empire that includes his own wedding planning academy, wedding planner consultancy, luxury events and even a kids party planning service.
Here Mark Niemierko talks about the level of service that they offer, how to make all the detailed hard work look much simpler to the client.
- Created: 23 May 2015 23 May 2015
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In an exclusive interview with Nick Breeze, satellite engineer and creator of the highly controversial "EmDrive" technology, Roger Shawyer, gives us an indepth look into what electromagnetic thrust actually is, where it came from, and how it will end traffic jams as we elevate transport into 3-dimensional space with flying cars, space planes and explorations of the Universe.