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Sep 12, 2014

We have read a book! A whole one! Without moving our lips!

It may have just got a royal kicking in The Guardian of all places, but we would like to stand up for Ian McEwan's new book, The Children Act, which, in a break from tradition, we have actually read. It's good. And our decision is final.

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Sep 12, 2014

It’s all about Turner this Autumn. No, not Ruby Turner.

Turnermania hits the UK this Autumn (always Autumn, never Fall) with not only a Cannes-endorsed film from Mike Leigh called *checks notes* Turner on its way but an exhibition at the Tate - Britain not Modern, though Britain can be modern, surely! - called Late Turner: Painting Set Free. And money can't buy that sort of title-making.

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Sep 12, 2014

Horst. It’s a photographer of style not an eastern European beetroot soup.

You know Horst P. Horst. Lots of black and white. Ladies. Men. Glamour. Men. In the nude. And now you can see the length and breadth of his output at Her Majesty's Victoria and Albert Museum. In an exhibition. They're so clever. They get almost everything right.

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Sep 12, 2014

A new screwball comedy Above The Stag *pats hair*

Ever been to Above The Stag? Do gay bears have anoymous sex in the woods? So many questions, so little attention span, but while you ponder those let's talk about You Should Be So Lucky, a new gay play that's been hailed - the highest of all praises - by the New York Times as 'utterly winning... a very funny, exceptionally generous-spirited work'. And the New York Times ain't one of those shit rags either. Oh yeah, it's on Above The Stag, hence the opener. They don't teach that at journalism school!

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Sep 12, 2014

Pride. Yes, it really is as good as everyone says…

'Indescribably wonderful', 'Brilliant', 'Irresistible', 'Terrific', 'Hilarious', 'Russell Tovey', just some of the superlatives that have been used in five-star reviews of the film Pride. Who knew that a little-known story of how a bunch of gays and lesbians mobilised to help striking Welsh miners would become such a unanimous hit? Well, we did, otherwise we wouldn't have organised this week's screening at the May Fair.

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Aug 28, 2014

If you buy your coffee table one book this year, make sure it’s this little cracker

We don't know what we like best about Cecil Beaton. The flawlessly imaginative photographs of everyone from Marilyn Monroe to HMTQ (Her Majesty the Queen, work with us on this) or his waspish wit and way with words (Jean Cocteau described him as Malice in Wonderland!) In this glorious hardback book, Cecil Beaton Portraits and Profiles edited by Hugo Vickers from Frances Lincoln, you get lashings of both.

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Aug 28, 2014

A bit of Bowie al fresco, anyone?

After all those ridiculous rumours about him appearing live on stage with Kate Bush this week (Seriously! That Twitter! Sheesh!), David Bowie will actually be appearing tonight (if tonight is Friday 29th August) at the British Museum. Not in person, you understand, but in Nic Roeg's The Man Who Fell to Earth, which they're putting on outside. Brave people.

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Aug 28, 2014

Come and laugh openly at musical theatre!

It has become a thing. There's no doubt about that. Forbidden Broadway, that ever-changing musical whose prime objective is to take the royal rise out of the very form of the musical itself has been so successful at the Menier Chocolate Factory, where nothing is never not successful (except for maybe Pippin), that it's going up West!

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