In Death in the Afternoon, Ernest Heminway’s graphic novel the American author describes the thrills of watching bullfighting in all its gory details but how did it come to define the artistic canon of one of the greatest painters that ever lived?
A serial burglar was able to help himself to almost £1m-worth of jewellery at Simon Cowell’s Holland Park home in west London as the safe was left unlocked to allow his American partner Lauren Silverman retrieve her gems quietly before she left for the US. Darren February, 33, of no fixed address, had denied the break-in while the X Factor and music impresario and his family slept. He scooped a handful of jewellery including a ring valued at £500,000, earrings, watches and a diamond bracelet alongside two passports (perhaps as mementoes) from an unlocked safe while a security guard was in the loo in December 2015, Isleworth Crown Court heard. February who coincidentally got his comeuppance on 27 February had previously been convicted of 37 burglaries, the prosecution said. He was first convicted aged 12 and has committed a further 58 offences spanning two decades pushing him firmly into the ‘serial category’. The jury were very speedy with him finding him guilty in under one hour after a four-day trial. Sloppy Getaway The court heard February’s …
Burberry’s entire Spring/Summer ’17 collection has been inspired by the work and process of British sculptor Henry Spencer Moore (1889-1986). But what does the fashion house and Moore have in common?
Ella Fitzgerald, Sidney Bechet, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Michael McDonald, The Rolling Stones and Alejandro Sanz were some of David Beckham’s unexpected picks on Desert Island Disc’s 75th anniversary programme.
Serpentine Swimming Club members are hardy souls used to sub-zero skinny dips in the Hyde Park’s Serpentine Lake. They train all year for a festive swim in the annual Peter Pan cup donated by author JM Barrie and the club says “if the lake is frozen we break the ice and still swim”. But one of the mildest Christmas Days since records began melted their resolve with all expectations of a frozen pool and a brrrrrrrrrilliant contest. The water temperature was an unseasonal 4C in a race which Volker Koch won with 63 trailing in his wake. The Christmas Day fixture held since 1864 can only be entered by paid-up club members who compete every Saturday morning throughout the year, regardless of the weather.
Cathedral of design was how Terence Conran, founder of the Design Museum described the newly redesigned former Commonwealth Institute.
Forget Black Friday, savvy shoppers will be skipping the annual retail madness for thrifty Thursday on 1st of December at arguably London’s most well-connected charity shop.
Tony Blair’s office has issued a denial about the former prime minister preparing to muscle his way back into British politics to shape Brexit talks. Mr Blair who lives in west London’s Connaught Square had announced he was winding up some of his lucrative consulting businesses – which has earned him millions of pounds since he left Downing Street in 2007 – based in plush offices in Grosvenor Square leading to intense speculation over his future. The Blair Office twitter feed statement read: “Lots of speculation around about new organisation but further and more accurate information will come soon.” Earlier a spokeswoman had denied the former PM was positioning himself to play a role in shaping Brexit talks describing the speculation published in the Sunday Times as “wholly wrong”. She also denied a report that the former Labour prime minister branded incumbent PM Theresa May as “a total lightweight” and Jeremy Corbyn a “a nutter”. Lots of speculation around about new organisation but further and more accurate information will come soon! — Tony Blair Office (@tonyblairoffice) November …
And the Julian Assange saga goes on in west London’s Knightsbridge at the Ecuadorean Embassy where the WikiLeaks founder is holed up. Four years, £12.6m police surveillance costs, a UN ruling of unlawful detention and several balcony appearances later the Swedish chief prosecutor Ingrid Isgren has finally braved the press scrum to question Assange over allegations he sexually assaulted a woman in Stockholm in 2010. The Australian has continued to protest his innocence saying consensual sex took place claiming the charges are politically motivated. He has expressed his fears of extradition to the US where he is unlikely to be welcomed with open arms after embarrassing data dumps masterminded by his whistleblowing organisation. However, Assange still has his die-hard supporters with Baywatch’s Pamela Anderson also dropping in with a tray of delicacies for the Australian. Harrods’ food hall is quite handy, but it could turn out to be a foolhardy jaunt for nibbles when Scotland Yard is lurking around the corner and ready to pounce. But under no risk of imminent arrest is Assange’s recently …
Five young activists break into a disused building and try to make a stand against it all. Fired up by left-wing idealism but short on pragmatism, they discover that the revolution may be a long time coming, and when the protest leads to tragedy, some of them are driven to more violent methods.