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20 of the UK's best free half-term activities and attractions

Take in all the fun of fairs and festivals, beaches, farms and museums with this pick of family events around the countryThe museum is celebrating the launch of Edinburgh’s International Children’s Festival (25 May-2 June) with a family open day. Events are drop-in and free and include performances, pop-up installations and arts for all ages. There’ll be digital music creation as part of interactive sensory environment Soundplay Studio, a wearable jet pack workshop, walkabout dancing with Eggy L...
Tags: Travel, Family, UK, Life and style, Culture, Museums, Festivals, Day trips, Family Holidays, Edinburgh, City Breaks, Short breaks, United Kingdom Holidays, Creative Electric, Unicorn Dance Party


'I even loved his Twankey': Dench, Hopkins, Mirren and more on Ian McKellen at 80

Wild parties, stunning performances, silhouette erections and marrying Patrick Stewart twice. As the actor turns 80, friends including Derek Jacobi, Janet Suzman, Michael Sheen, Bill Condon and Stephen Fry pay tributeIan has been been very important in my life, even before we became good friends. When I was young teen I remember watching Walter on the TV and being hugely affected by it. Then at Rada in the early 90s, I finally saw him live, in Richard III at the National. I was blown away. I rem...
Tags: Comedy, Activism, Celebrity, Film, Theatre, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Television & radio, Sexuality, Stage, LGBT rights, Stephen Fry, Judi Dench


Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West name fourth child Psalm

Reality TV star and musician ‘blessed beyond measure’ with arrival of baby boyKim Kardashian West and her husband, the musician Kanye West, have named their new child Psalm after its recent birth via surrogate.Kardashian West posted a picture of the boy on social media with the caption “Psalm West”. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Reality TV, Celebrity, Life and style, World news, US news, Kanye West, Culture, Television & radio, Kim Kardashian West, Kardashian West


Cannes festival in row after director and baby blocked from Palais entry

British film-maker claims she was denied access to Marché du Film, then told to pay fee for baby and wait two days for it to be processedThe Cannes film festival has been criticised for its treatment of mothers and babies after a female director claimed she and her child were prevented from entering the festival site.British director Greta Bellamacina, whose film Hurt By Paradise is screening in the market section of the festival, said the festival had displayed an “outrageous” attitude after sh...
Tags: Europe, Family, Film, France, Women, Life and style, UK News, Film Industry, Culture, Festivals, Parents and parenting, Cannes film festival, Cannes, Marche Du Film, Cannes 2019, Greta Bellamacina


Behind the bloodshed: the chilling untold stories about Charles Manson

Tarantino’s epic is the big draw at Cannes. But there are other Manson movies around – including one about what ultimately happened to the young women who fell under the murderer’s spell Over the last half century, one villain has loomed large over Hollywood. The gruesome murders committed by Charles Manson and his followers in the summer of 1969 have filled countless films and documentaries about stardom and the debaucheries of the 1960s. But his malign influence extends far beyond the screen. ...
Tags: Hollywood, Television, Media, Celebrity, Film, California, Drugs, Los Angeles, Life and style, Society, World news, US news, Culture, Television & radio, Leonardo Dicaprio, US crime


Cannes 2019: jury speaks out against 'rage and anger' of populist politicians

Jury president Alejandro González Iñárritu takes aim at Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policiesA familiar trio of topics – Netflix, gender disparity and Donald Trump – were on the agenda as the this year’s Cannes film festival got under way.At the press conference introducing this year’s festival jury, its president, Birdman and The Revenant director Alejandro González Iñárritu, took aim at Trump and offered support to theatre chains battling the dominance of the streaming service. Another jury m...
Tags: Europe, Business, Media, Film, France, Women, Life and style, World news, Film Industry, US news, Happy, Netflix, Culture, Festivals, US immigration, Cannes film festival


Boards not borders: Gaza youth skate in search of fun – in pictures

Calling themselves the Gaza skate team, a group of young Palestinians get together to skate and rollerblade amid deprivation and high security Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Africa, Israel, Life and style, World news, Cities, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Palestinian territories, Art and design, Gaza, Skateboarding, Hamas


Freddie Starr: comedian found dead at home in Spain aged 76

Comedian discovered in his chair by carer after possible heart attack, say neighboursThe comedian Freddie Starr has died aged 76 at his home in Spain, according to reports.Posts on social media pages claiming to belong to Starr appeared to confirm the news. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Comedy, Television, Celebrity, Spain, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Starr, TV Comedy, Freddie Starr


Freddie Starr found dead at home in Spain aged 76 – reports

Comedian discovered in his chair by carer after possible heart attack, say neighboursComedian Freddie Starr has died aged 76 at his home in Spain, according to reports.Posts on social media pages claiming to belong to Starr appeared to confirm the news. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Comedy, Television, Celebrity, Spain, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Starr, TV Comedy, Freddie Starr


Palermo Flea Market

By Sharon Sanders Our first full day in Palermo started with great time at the Sunday flea market. Mercatino Antiquario di Piazza Marina runs weekly from 7 a.m. to midday. Dozens of vendors surround the lovely gated park and nearby streets. Just a five-minute stroll from our apartment in the Kalsa District, Walter and I […]
Tags: Travel, Lifestyle, Markets, Culture, Palermo, Sicily, Miscellany, Palermo Flea Market, Sharon Sanders, Mercatino Antiquario di Piazza Marina, Kalsa District Walter


So how do you get to Sesame Street? New York finally reveals the location

Sesame Street muppets beyond excited as New York City will officially name a street after themThroughout your childhood and, let’s be honest, most of your adult life, you may have wondered – how do you get to Sesame Street? After 50 years, the answer has finally been revealed.On Wednesday, May 1st, New York City will officially name West 63rd street “Sesame Street” in honor of the children’s television show’s 50th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, a public event will be held at the co...
Tags: New York, Television, Sesame Street, New York City, Life and style, Culture, Broadway, Big Bird Cookie Monster


Paolo Di Paolo's Italy in the 1950s and 60s – in pictures

The Paolo Di Paolo: Lost World exhibition presents more than 250 largely unseen images from the photographer’s archive. Di Paolo chronicled life in his country as an economic boom followed the destruction of the second world war. Although those were the years of la dolce vita he was an anti-paparazzo – he shunned the salacious and respected his subjects. The exhibition is at MAXXI in Rome until 30 June Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Photography, Celebrity, Film, Life and style, World news, Rome, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Maxxi, Di Paolo, Paolo Di Paolo


Jordan, the face of punk: 'The things I wore made people apoplectic'

She was the rubber-knickered peroxide bombshell who put the sex into the Pistols. Now she’s written a memoir of her years causing outrage at the heart of punk There’s a photograph of Jordan Mooney, standing outside the clothes shop Sex, that perfectly encapsulates her extraordinary impact. Sex was Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s London boutique, which sold their designs along with fetishwear. It is also where in-house band the Sex Pistols were incubated.Jordan was more than a shop assist...
Tags: Books, Fashion, Music, London, Celebrity, Life and style, Society, Culture, Pop and rock, Punk, Young People, Vivienne Westwood, Autobiography and memoir, Sex Pistols, Jordan, Social history


Bengaluru Karaga – 2019

Bengaluru City Karaga is probably one of the oldest festivals celebrated in the heart of the Bengaluru. It’s celebrated in the Bengaluru Kote and Market area by a community called ‘Vahnikula Kshatriyas Thigala’. Similar Karaga and Pallakki (Oora Habba) happen in villages and towns in and around Bengaluru. I have seen Karaga in Anekal, Hebbagodi and Muthanalluru etc but this is my first time in Bengaluru. We left home early (around 12 middle of the night) and reached KG Road – Mysore Bank Ci...
Tags: Travel, Maps, Life, India, Culture, Walking, Festivals, Faith, Bangalore


Unknown Daphne du Maurier poems discovered behind photo frame

Poems believed to have been written by the Rebecca author in her 20s were found by auctioneers before a sale of intimate lettersA handful of youthful poems by Daphne du Maurier have been found in an archive of letters, with two previously unknown discovered hidden behind a photograph frame.The two unknown poems were found tucked underneath a photo of a young Du Maurier in a swimming costume standing on rocks, which was part of an archive of more than 40 years of correspondence between the author...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Poetry, Life and style, UK News, Rebecca, Culture, Daphne du Maurier, Collecting, Du Maurier, Maureen Baker Munton, Baker Munton, Kristen Continue


Historic lost garden in Kent to be opened to the public

Walmer Castle’s overgrown glen, dating from the 19th century, has been revivedAn abandoned chalk pit, which has been an impenetrably dense jungle of bramble, gorse and fallen trees for more than a century will this month be revealed as an extraordinary lost garden created by two former prime ministers.The lost garden of Walmer Castle in Kent was laid out in the early 19th century by William Pitt the Younger and completed by Lord Liverpool. Continue reading...
Tags: Life and style, UK News, Culture, Heritage, Kent, Gardens, William Pitt, Walmer Castle, Lord Liverpool Continue


Dream Weaver in Lucca

By Sharon Sanders Weaver Genni Tommasi was profiled in a recent Dream of Italy newsletter article about artisans in Lucca. I bookmarked the piece and this morning made the pilgrimage to Tommasi Loomworks at Via Sant’Andrea 28 to meet the tanto talented Signora Tommasi and her gentle assistant, the collie Lady Hawke. As promised in […]
Tags: Travel, Artisans, Lifestyle, Culture, Italy, Tuscany, Hawke, Lucca, Sant Andrea, Dreamofitaly, Italy silk scarves weaving, Sharon Sanders Weaver Genni Tommasi, Tommasi Loomworks, Signora Tommasi


Cut! Is this the death of sex in cinema?

The number of films classified 18 for sex has plummeted. We explore how studio pressure, #MeToo nerves and the proliferation of porn created a new puritanism If you were installing a sex machine on a spaceship, what would you call it? James Brown? Hands solo? Beam up, Scotty? UFOhhhh?High Life, the new film from Claire Denis, is less coy. The Fuckbox is an all-black cubbyhole containing a mechanical saddle and rocking steel dildo. It gets a fair bit of footfall from the spaceship’s crew, includ...
Tags: Technology, Media, Film, Sex, US, Life and style, Film Industry, James Brown, Netflix, Culture, Robert Pattinson, Pornography, Juliette Binoche, Andrew Haigh, Scotty, Luca Guadagnino


The Walls of Lucca

“Nel caso di Lucca ci si fierisce quasi sempre, anzi sempre, alla citta definita dall’ambito delle Mura. Perche di essa apprezziao non solo la forma, gli aspetti storici e urbanistici, l’esistenza di monumenti, di beni ed eventi culturali, ma anche la presenza di negozi, di attivita varie, commerciali, degli uffic pubblici e privati; della gente […]
Tags: Travel, Lifestyle, History, Culture, Architecture, Tuscany, Lucca, Italian Travel, Italian tourism, Walled Cities


The upside down: inside Manhattan’s Lowline subterranean park

In two years’ time, the Lower East Side will be home to the world’s first underground ‘green’ space – the LowlineTo get a glimpse of what will eventually become the Lowline, a subterranean Eden being billed as the world’s first underground park, you have to swipe your MetroCard at the Lower East Side’s Delancey Street station, go down one flight of stairs, go down another, slither through a few characteristically congested subway corridors, and then up another flight, to the J train platform.Her...
Tags: New York, Design, Life and style, US news, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Manhattan, Lower East Side, Parks and Green Spaces, Williamsburg Bridge, Lower East Side 's Delancey Street


Troye Sivan: 'I have to get comfortable with being effeminate'

The former YouTuber turned musician and actor talks about sudden stardom, queer pride and life as a showmanTroye Sivan models circus styleTroye Sivan is posing in full view of the street, delighting the small groups of teenagers who stop outside the photo studio to gawp. Some of them know who he is. The rest can tell he must be Someone. The South African-born Australian, 23, is as luminous as a cherub and has no qualms about giving it his best Rodin: foot perched on a starry plinth, trousers gap...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Taylor Swift, Youtube, US, Life and style, Culture, Nicole Kidman, Ariana Grande, Men's Fashion, Rodin, Troye Sivan, Robyn, Bloom, Sivan, Lucas Hedges


One Day in Genoa

By Walter Sanders They Say Genova. We Say Genoa. My previous experience in Genoa was in the airport in 1999 to attend a Financial Services Congresso (Conference) in nearby Portofino. I recall the view from the car window upon leaving the airport as uninspiring: a mixed bag of grungy industrial sites, grim housing, busy highways. […]
Tags: Travel, Art, Lifestyle, History, People, Culture, Architecture, Language, Columbus, Genoa, Liguria, Miscellany, Renzo Piano, Portofino, Medieval Italy, Italian regions


Fifty shades of white: the long fight against racism in romance novels

For decades, the world of romantic fiction has been divided by a heated debate about racism and diversity. Is there any hope of a happy ending? By Lois BeckettLast year, the Strand Bookstore in New York convened an all-star panel titled Let’s Woman-Splain Romance! The line to get in the door stretched down the block, and the room was thrumming with glee even before the panel started. This was not an audience that needed to be told that smart women read romance novels, or that the genre could be ...
Tags: Books, New York, Sex, Fiction, Race, Women, Life and style, World news, Culture, Alyssa, Beverly Jenkins, Strand Bookstore, Alisha Rai, Romance Books, Lois BeckettLast


Study Reports Americans Are Having Less Sex

With analysis drawn from the General Social Survey‘s latest round of data, Americans have once again reported that they’re having less sex. This three-decade trend is led by young people (men in particular) aged 18 to 29 years old. Previously, “20-something men and women reported similar rates of sexlessness,” says the Washington Post. Since 2008, however, there’s been a steep distancing. Factors include live-in relationships, …
Tags: Psychology, TV, Science, Design, Washington Post, Sex, Tech, Culture, Sociology, Millennials, Linkaboutit, Americans, Sex Culture


Annie Leibovitz on the shots that made her

She captured America’s most tumultuous moments and its biggest stars. The great photographer relives her Rolling Stone years – and the time she set fire to Patti SmithAnnie Leibovitz is standing by a photograph she took of Pont Neuf in Paris. It’s a swirling panoramic shot of the famous bridge, taken when she was a student and would roam the city’s streets camera in hand. One day, with a thrill, she realised she was standing where her idol, Henri Cartier-Bresson, once stood to take his own ghost...
Tags: Art, Photography, Music, Media, Celebrity, America, Life and style, Society, World news, Newspapers & magazines, US news, Culture, US politics, Art and design, Magazines, The Rolling Stones


Scene stealer: how Game of Thrones put a spotlight on Antrim and Derry

With its mountain views and wild coasts, this far corner of Northern Ireland provides a spectacular backdrop to many of the show’s memorable momentsI was never one for a “swords and horses” TV series, so when Game of Thrones burst on to our screens in 2011, I had to be forced to watch it. The unexpected joy framing the beheadings and braids was a rugged landscape I instantly recognised. Antrim’s north-east coast is where Ireland and Scotland almost scream at each other over a deceptively narrow ...
Tags: Travel, Hollywood, Film, Scotland, Life and style, Culture, Ireland, Television & radio, Northern Ireland, Game Of Thrones, Belfast, Derry, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, United Kingdom Holidays, Northern Ireland Holidays


Bauhaus: 100 years old but still ubiquitous in our homes today

How a revolutionary idea became our go-to way of living. Shop the look: our pick from the high streetSpending a night at the hallowed Bauhaus school in Dessau, in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt, was my teenage dream come true. The walls of my childhood bedroom were plastered not with posters of pop stars, but with the furniture manufacturer Vitra’s wall chart of iconic 20th-century chairs. As a design geek, growing up in a house bedecked with Laura Ashley, I found the idea of the Bauhaus thri...
Tags: Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Homes, Interiors, Bauhaus, Vitra, Josef Albers, Klein, Dessau, Albers, Marcel Breuer, Laura Ashley, Saxony Anhalt, Mart Stam


Cardi B, You (Probably) Can’t Trademark “Okurrr,” Okay?

The saltiest trademark news in the last week surrounds singer Cardi B’s application to register the marks “Okurr” and “Okurrr,” both slang for “Okay???”–but pronounced in a hip, rolled-r trill, sometimes with a shady tone. Or, as Cardi describes, it: the sound of a “cold pigeon in New York City.” If you haven’t heard it said before, search no further than these humorous and fully-extra renditions by a few popular drag queens: As with most seemingly-overreaching trademark applications, Cardi’s...
Tags: Fashion, Celebrity, New York City, Culture, Alaska, Broadway, Goodwill, Fair Use, Sound, Trademark, Popular, Original, Branding, Slang, Drag Race, Trademarks


Apex Legends: a parents' guide to the 'new Fortnite'

The battle royale team game has won millions of players within weeks. How violent is it? What’s the age limit? And what does it cost? We answer your questionsSurprise-released in February, Apex Legends has taken the world of online gaming by storm, attracting more than 50 million players within a month. But what is it about this Fortnite-style battle royale blaster that has made it such a huge success, and should parents be concerned?Here’s everything you need to know. Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Games, Technology, Xbox One, Life and style, Society, Pc, Playstation, Culture, Xbox, Playstation 4, Game culture, Parents and parenting, Young People, Fighting Games, Fortnite


Fashion house under fire for hotel plans at Costa Brava beauty spot

Campaigners say Custo’s development will spoil Sa Guarda in CadaquésThe Barcelona-based fashion designer Custo is under fire for plans to build a hotel on a beauty spot in a Costa Bravatown famed for a picturesque setting which has long attracted artists and writers.Campaigners led by two groups – Salvem l’Empordà (Save Emporda, the region Cadaqués is in) and SOS Costa Brava – protested on Friday outside a Custo shop in Barcelona demanding that work be stopped on the project to build the 4,000 s...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Environment, Spain, Barcelona, World news, Culture, Unesco, Heritage, Campaigners, Salvador Dalí, Costa Brava, Custo, Sa Guarda, CadaquésThe Barcelona, Hotel Custo



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