Category Archives: Feast your peepers

Video vault: Telly Savalas in Birmingham

Combing through the archives I came across this little nugget from way back in 1979. It’s only old Kojak himself, Telly Savalas, talking about Birmingham of all places. It’s his kinda town, apparently. Well, if it’s good enough for Tel’ it’s good … Continue reading

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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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5 of the Best Contemporary British Artists

Whether they’re preserving sharks in formaldehyde, painting with elephant dung or extolling the virtues of smoking, Britain’s contemporary artists are rarely strangers to controversy. Here’s five whose work will challenge and inspire you. David Hockney Since his arrival on the contemporary art … 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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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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The Wicker Man: essential Halloween viewing

Crazy pagan dancing, a smattering of nudity, a great folky soundtrack and Christopher Lee in drag combine to make this 1973 chiller a cult classic. It’s essential Halloween viewing and makes the abysmal 2006 remake look about as scary as … 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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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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Dennis Severs’ House: a magical journey into the past

Two streets away, Liverpool Street Station swirls with grim-faced commuters; in the pub opposite, early drinkers dissect the working day over pints of lager, and a short stroll west, City traders still stare, transfixed, at banks of screens as share … 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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