Prince Harry’s stint as guest editor on BBC 4’s flagship news programme did not disappoint for its variety and top-draw interview subjects; They don’t come any bigger than the erstwhile occupant of the White House, President Barack Obama and heir to the British throne, Prince Charles [Pa] who has “bored him to tears” banging on about the devastating impact of climate change. And the easy bit? Getting Obama to do his first candid interview since leaving Pennsylvania Avenue last year told us he had friends in high places and an “outsize” voice according to Obama. RELATED STORY: Meghan Markle’s £56,000 Ralph & Russo Engagement Gown He hinted how fiancee Suits actress Meghan Markle had fared well with the in-laws at their Sandringham Christmas get-together, “running around with the kids” of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. He however let his guard down when he let slip: “She’s done an absolutely amazing job, she’s getting in there and it’s the family that I suppose she’s never had.” Now that told us volumes about Markle’s private family …
London Fire Brigade’s Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety, Dan Daly, has appealed to households in the capital to skip the cooking if they become too drunk: “I hate to be the Christmas Grinch but please avoid getting too tipsy while preparing the turkey and all the trimmings this Christmas. Alcohol and cooking are a dangerous recipe. “The most common Christmas cooking catastrophe is people coming home after they’ve been overdoing the celebrations on a night out and deciding to rustle up a quick snack. I’ve lost count of how many house fires I’ve attended where grills and pans have been left on while people fall asleep on the sofa, it’s much safer to pick up a take-away meal instead.” London drinking statistics at a glance: Last year there were 165 alcohol-related accidental cooking fires The second highest number of alcohol-related cooking fires have been recorded in December (August is the highest) Firefighters have dealt with 994 alcohol-related accidental cooking fires over the past 5 years – that’s an average of 4 fires a week TOP TIPS …
BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today Programme has captured the nation’s attention for six decades. Ever wondered what its presenters get up to when they are not reading the news or grilling the nation’s politicians?
Late painter Howard Hodgkin confessed to being bitten by the collecting virus. He even kept auction catalogues and a tape measure beside his bed, handy for marking things he fell in love with.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan is continuing to make cleaning London’s foul air his signature policy. He is calling on vehicle manufacturers to contribute to his Air Quality Fund over the negative effects their diesel vehicles have on air quality and public health in the capital. Khan has written to UK chiefs at BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen urging them to take serious action on diesel emissions. The manufacturers have already contributed up to £223m to the German government’s ‘Sustainable Mobility Fund for Cities’ and the mayor is now urging them to take action in London and the UK. He has also written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, as part of his continued lobbying of central government to do more to tackle what he describes as the “biggest environmental public health crisis of a generation”. He is calling on the authorities to secure contributions from vehicle manufacturers on the same scale as the £24bn received from Volkswagen (including fines, compensation and other settlements) in the US and £223m from German car manufacturers …
Frieze is not just about the art. It is about fashion. The VIP parties. The small talk. And oh, the eye-popping prices.
Sir Winston Churchill’s gift to Vivien Leigh – a still-life of roses painted by the politician in the 1930s has sold for over nine times its pre-sale estimated price at £638, 750.
Eames classics, Vitra reproductions, Gio Ponti sofas and many more exotic pieces. If chairs are your thing then you will be spoilt for choice as London Design Festival celebrates its 15-year anniversary.
Explore the Gherkin, drop into number 10, see Erno Goldfinger’s masterpiece brutalist Trellick Tower, clamber up BT Tower and watch the whole city spread out below you at the top of the Shard.
Mario Testino is best known for his extravagant model shoots, weighty coffee table tomes and that Diana photoshoot for Vanity Fair at Kensington Palace.