Finding A Home In The Arts

Last week, a colleague relayed to me their experience of being wrongfully accused of fraud after an errant payment was mistakenly sent to their acc...

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Old Dogs and Underdogs

When I’m not writing think-pieces about the culture industry, I spend my time working in a university bookshop; ‘pyramiding’ (industry lingo for re...

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Indelible Women

Enemy of Jazz and joyless nitpicker, Theodor Adorno, once suggested that our willingness to follow the rabbit hole of the culture industry has repl...

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The Cultural Robot

It’s uncanny standing eye-to-eye with a robot. Folded sheets of metal and latex simulating the fragile impression of the cupid’s bow, a faintly fur...

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Cultural Nourishment

In her 1983 autobiographical novel Heartburn, Nora Ephron chews over the miscellaneous foods which accompany us through the maelstrom of life’s mos...

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Hacking High Culture

As a freelance reviewer, press nights never fail to instil an antithetical mixture of imposter syndrome and cockiness in me, the two humours in per...

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Sun, Sea and Stockholm City

Whether you’re spending your Summer jetting overseas or camping out in Peckham Rye with a moist blanket and a bottle of cava, there’s nothing worse...

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Accessing Arts

More often than not, when we’re riding that giddy post-culture thrill, it’s easy to lapse into the imperative and gently encourage our friends and ...

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Reasons to be cheerful

This week, I’d like to open with the sage words of The GlamLifeGuru, Mrs.Tati Westbrook, who used her recent video ‘Why I Did It …’ (which by the w...

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Outsider Arts

Floating in the dusty peripheries of mainstream arts and culture, you will find the locus of this week’s cultural preoccupation; Outsider Art(s). C...

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The Final London Food Roundup

As mentioned last week, this is the final column and we really hope they’ve been useful. It’s been a lot of fun putting it together, finding ...

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Guilt-free Pleasure

Here’s a little known fact for you; the term “guilty pleasure” was born in a New York Times article in 1860 and was first used to describe a ...

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Spicy, Smoky, Smoking Goat

One of the happier “benefits” of Crossrail’s mass land grab was the forced eviction of Smoking Goat from its original Denmark Str...

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Filthy and Furious Freelance Culture

I learnt about the origins of the punk movement from BBC Four documentaries I taped off the TV in the leafy confines of North Devon where the inter...

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Romulo Café shows why Filipino food could be the next big thing

Romulo Café is tucked away at that other, slightly more interesting end of Kensington High Street. It’s that bit of KHS that my wife and I have kno...

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Light House: A Local Gem

There are many ways to find great restaurants. The columns of Marina O’Loughlin, Jay Rayner et al, for example. The blogosphere. Instagram influenc...

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Looking Backwards, Moving Forwards

Creating art which cleverly orchestrates nostalgic figures can be a multivalent project. Their citation may be unifying for the generation to which...

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New Opening Alert: Lucknow 49 on Maddox Street

A couple of people I know swear by DUM Biryani in Soho. Which is a whole lot better than swearing at it, obviously. For me, it remains on my list –...

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Spring

Writing in the third instalment of her seasonal quartet, Spring, the inimitable Ali Smith asks, ‘That time again, is it?’ Spring has sprung and we’...

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BFI Flare stands out as a resoundingly important celebration of queerness

Who would’ve thought that the next big eighties throwback would be Section 28? This is hyperbole to an extent, but the recent events in Birmi...

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