Category Archives: Catalogue of curiosities

Bompas and Parr – It’s all in the wobble

Food architects and jelly mongers Sam Bompas and Harry Parr employ all sorts of tricks to create a range of gastronomic delights.  They’ve created delicious wobbling jellies in the shape of London landmarks, extravagant banquets and potent breathable cocktails… Sign up for the … Continue reading

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Event: Up Helly Aa

After the gut-rupturing feasting and surfeit of sherry that will inevitably be at the heart of our Christmas celebrations, it’ll be time to start planning our New Year’s shenanigans. For my money, one of the most interesting things you can … Continue reading

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Festively themed winter bars

At this time of year it’s all fairy lights, frosty nights and celebrating the festive season with your nearest and dearest. Here are some of the best places to enjoy a hot cocktail and soak up some good cheer. Netil … Continue reading

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Office Party – The show that’s a party

Depending on your point of view and your general level of ill-feeling towards your co-workers, annual work parties are either the highlight of your social calendar or your own personal vision of hell. Held at the head office of ‘Product … Continue reading

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50 years of James Bond, 50 awesome cars

Everybody has their favourite James Bond. I always say mine is Roger Moore. Partly because this infuriates the ‘Sean Connery is the greatest’ majority, but partly because he’s the only one who seemed to appreciate that saving the world with … Continue reading

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Illuminating York: festival of digital arts and lighting

York’s annual festival of digital arts and light will set this beautiful city ablaze from 26-29 October. Rediscover some of York’s most famous buildings as large-scale lighting displays are projected in hypnotic patterns around the city. There’ll also be smaller … Continue reading

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London Cocktail Week

This week is London Cocktail Week, a celebration of the capital’s love of hard liquor and high times. Over 200 bars have signed up as official stops on the London Cocktail Week bus tour. Simply register on the website, head … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Horatio: Britain’s hero of the high seas

Lord Horatio Nelson was born on this day 253 years ago. He’s one of the UK’s most cherished heroes, killed in action by a French sniper at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. He survived long enough to see his … Continue reading

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Like cute animals? This post will make you happy

A cynical attempt to use cute creatures to boost our ratings it may be, but I defy ANYONE not to find these critters anything but adorable. There’s also a serious point: Red squirrels are native to Britain but their numbers … Continue reading

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Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement

The Royal Academy in London finishes the year with the exhibition, Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement. The exhibition showcases the work of Edgar Degas from 1870 onwards, when the artist focused on the world of ballet and ballerinas and … Continue reading

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