Damsel Undistressed

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The Art of Swearing

The world on screen is one that viewers expect to be well mannered; celebs are expected to keep up appearances by projecting social propriety and being a well-spoken cordial figure. […]

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‘The Tempest’ at Southward Playhouse – Review

Alonso, King of Naples, is thrown into the furious sea with his son, Ferdinand; his brother, Sebastian; and the Duke of Milan, Antonio. Caught in the eponymous storm, they find […]

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It’s Too Easy to Forget That Kindness Binds Us

On Sunday morning, the Russian Defence Ministry’s Tu-154 plane crashed in the Black Sea that was heading from Moscow to Syria. The plane was carrying 92 people, among them 64 […]

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A Jolly Old Sodding Christmas

Christmas is a story of blissful perfection that the entire world has been conditioned to buy into. It has become more of a secular holiday; the whole Jesus-born-in-Bethlehem scene seems […]

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The Most Festive Pub in London

The Christmas season in London is well and truly underway. The lights at Oxford Circus and Regent Street have been lit, and could give any competing neighbourhood a run for […]

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The Swallow and the Merchant

Oscar Wilde’s fairytales always seem to come with a delightful twist. They do not comply with the convention that fairytales need a moral, and are not palliative or dreamlike worlds […]

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Breaking Library Law

I have never broken the law, but today I am a criminal. I am a delinquent who is doing what she should not be, and talking to people I have […]

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Tube Musings

Commuting is something that makes me quite quizzical and vexed. It’s one of those experiences we all understand, living in a city as unstoppable as London. Take walking through the […]

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Kinky Boots Review: It’s No Drag – but a Musical Worth Seeing

Kinky Boots is a thing of unexpected beauty. The musical won the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and then continued to scoop up every major musical award in […]