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Jul 22, 2014

Hello, sailor!

Trade, Crash, DTPM, Sink the Pink, Love Muscle, Sinitta, names, sweetie, names. And all those names - and the clubs and entertainers attached to them - will be gathering for the first time in history at Tobacco Dock in Wapping this Saturday, 26th July, for the most humdingerest of humdingers, Summer Rites: Out on the Dock.

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Jul 17, 2014

Could this be the book of the summer? It’s even got ‘Glasgow’ in the title!

Books are funny old things, aren't they? You either love them or hate them or are totally indifferent. Sometimes you're even none of the above! Quite who would put themselves out there for this kind of scrutiny is anybody's business, but just such a person is the delightfully delightful Neil D. A. Stewart, who sees his debut novel, The Glasgow Coma Scale, launch today. Yesterday if you're reading this tomorrow. And it may just be the book of the summer.

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Jul 17, 2014

A bar? For puddings? That sells booze? In Soho? We’ve basically written the whole piece!

Pop-ups. Know what they're all about, right? It's the not-new-anymore non-committal relationship of the retail world, where people get to try out their clever things on the likes of us, without having to sign away their hard-earned father's money, then at the end of it all get their own telly show on London Live. Why didn't we think of this?

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Jul 17, 2014

Scotland’s leaving party starts next Wednesday. Just kidding!

Nothing can surely match the giddiness of Golden Saturday during the Olympics two years ago when, high on medal success, all the gays of London poured into XXL dressed in skimpy TeamGB leotards to dance the night away... but with the Commonwealth Games starting this week, we can at least dream.

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Jul 17, 2014

Gilbert & George & Scapegoating. Yes, it’s art.

They are the Cannon & Ball of the artworld, those two funny besuited muppets who are probably a couple but no one quite wants to have to think about it. Anyway, anyway, Gilbert & George have a new exhibition - hooray, right? - at White Cube in Bermondsey starting Friday 18th July.

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Jul 17, 2014

Wars, horses and lots and lots of music

If you liked War Horse and you like classical music, your mash-up dreams have just come true. Her Majesty's Proms, dubbed 'the greatest music festival in the world', or somesuch, is including a War Horse-themed concert called *checks notes* War Horse Prom. But that's not the half of it...

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Jul 17, 2014

Divine decadence!

We saw this documentary about outsize drag legend Divine at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival - or Flare if you're in that kind of mood - last year, so heaven only knows why it has taken a full *counts on fingers* long time to get to London's glittering (and soon to be more glittering once the refurb is done) Curzon Soho. Maybe the print got lost in the post.

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Jul 11, 2014

A masterpiece that isn’t quite like anything else in the history of cinema

That's what they're saying about Boyhood, a new film from Richard Linklater, the man who did Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. The basic premise is that a boy was cast back in 2002 and over the next 12 years a story was told as he grew up in front of our very eyes. A fictional story, that is. This is not a documentary. A bit like Coronation Street, if you think of it...

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