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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 29, 2014

It’s the Jake ‘Pride’ screening, people! And it’s free!

In our ongoing series of Jake screenings in which we bring you moving pictures before their general release FOR FREE MONEY, we bring you Pride, which has been heralded as something worth heralding.

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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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Aug 28, 2014

Let’s have some fun with abortion!

Abortion is no laughing matter. Even we know that. But when it's put in a film starring Jenny Slate as a stand-up comedienne who gets put in the family way by someone she just met on a drunken night out (we're saying nothing!), the issue does at least throw up some funny situations, at least in Obvious Child it does. 

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Aug 28, 2014

Nudity, showbiz and charity - two of our favourite things!

They are usually shy, retiring and highly principled and won't take their clothes off not even for ready money. But not next Sunday, 7th September. That is the evening of West End Bares when the glittering glitterati of the West End stage will be going down to bra and panties and maybe even beyond for HIV/AIDS charities! Hooray, right?

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Aug 22, 2014

Naked boys, reading.

What could be better than a home-cooked meal? asked Madonna during one of her more sagacious turns, and the answer might just be naked boys, reading. Take away the comma and add a few capitals, and it becomes Naked Boys Reading, which is a thing. Hell, it could even be a happening.

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Aug 21, 2014

Tom Ford (or someone he’s paying very highly indeed) does it again!

We have long been a fan of Mr. Ford's work. The perfumes actually more than the clothes. We were big fans of Neroli Portofino - his summer splash that reminded us so much of classic cologne 4711 that we discovered it had the same essential ingredient. Neroli. Or Portofino. One of the two. And now, just as we were thinking we needed something new for our late summer holigays, up comes Costa Azzura. Such timing! He didn't get where he is today without it.

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