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?
It was while working as a BBC cameraman in 1956 that late Michael Bond alighted on the idea of writing a book after spotting a small bear in a Paddington shop window. The Paddington movie franchise has since become an international blockbuster.
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.
Emilio Guerrero-Sepulveda was a bespectacled, smartly-dressed and well-groomed middle-aged man who looked more like a businessman than a globetrotting criminal who wreaked havoc at airport arrival lounges, hotel lobbies, West End luxury boutiques and several west London suburbs.
If anything positive has emerged from this disaster, it has been the willingness of the famous and well-connected, many who live or work in the Notting Hill area and surrounding neighbourhoods to contribute their expertise to the relief efforts or just voice support for the many causes fighting the wrongs that led to the tragedy.
Muna Khogali’s Book and Kitchen finally closed its doors in Notting Hill’s All Saints Road on 7 October after over four years of trading. Yet another demise of a well-conceived independent bookshop, cafe and events space. Bibliophiles across west London had rejoiced at its inception. Finally, a place where you could browse through your favourite tomes and indulge in a cake or two. The concept had been the fruition of a life-long dream for Khogali, who had longed for a place that looked less of a bookshop but more of a wander into your study within the close proximity of a nibble or two. Almost an anti-bookshop where books were showcased in an informal setting alongside the motto “combining the literary with culinary”. It opened to rave reviews and it was easy to see why. A well-curated booklist covering the arts, design, fashion, fiction and non-fiction housed in a airy and immaculate building. It also hosted literary evenings, supper clubs, music nights and book signings. Khogali signed off in an email to customers: “Book and …
Scotland Yard has finally ruled out a terror motive after a car collided with pedestrians injuring 11 outside the Natural History Museum declaring it a road traffic collision. A statement read: “Police were called at 1421 hours on Saturday, 7 October to reports of a road traffic collision in Exhibition Road, South Kensington. Emergency Service attended the scene. “Whilst enquiries continue it is believed a car mounted the pavement and collided with a number of pedestrians. Eleven people were found at the scene with varying injuries and nine of them have been taken to hospital, and this includes the man that was detained by police. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing. “The man detained by officers is currently under arrest and is in custody at a north London police station. The incident is a road traffic investigation and not a terrorist-related incident. Enquiries are ongoing.” Police had earlier said they were keeping an open mind after the incident, but created more confusion after contradicting an earlier comment that they were not treating the crash as terrorism-related. A …
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 …
At £29,000 rent per month, Apprentice supremo Lord Alan Sugar might not see this Notting Hill house as a wise long-term investment but he seems to continue to indulge his charges.
Frieze is not just about the art. It is about fashion. The VIP parties. The small talk. And oh, the eye-popping prices.