Jewellery has fascinated and enthralled civilisations for centuries and possesses a timeless longevity other items rarely own. While in ancient cultures jewellery was as much an adornment as men as women, in modern society jewels are considered to be more of a woman’s pleasure.
Focusing on jewellery which decorates the bodies of men rather than women is the Tomfoolery Exhibition, a black and white photography display at the Museum of London and is part of the museum’s jewellery season.
The exhibition includes numerable portraits evidential of the long standing relationship between men and jewellery, including photographs of the contemporary man and his love affair with jewellery by the acclaimed photographer, Ross Trevail.. Men wearing gold chains and signet rings take pride position at the exhibition, as do men with severe body piercing type jewellery.
The centrepiece of this unique exhibition is the ‘Cheapside Hoard’, extraordinary and priceless treasures of the late 16th and early 17th centuries. The hoard gained its name as it was found buried in a cellar on Cheapside in the City of London in 1912. Workmen levered up part of a cellar floor revealing a box containing 400 pieces of magnificent jewellery.
With a museum, a café and extensive walled gardens, there’s plenty to do in Fulham for all the family in one convenient location. If you’re looking for things to do to alleviate boredom at the weekends or on school holidays then look no further than Fulham Palace.
Botanical gardens of sheer beauty
Fulham Palace was the summer home of the bishops of London from 704 until 1975. This grand and imposing house has been improved and extending down the centuries, alterations which are reflected in the multiple period styles of the building’s architecture. A superb botanical garden which was begun in the 17th century remains one of palace’s most enticing features. The popular garden walks take visitors past a multitude of trees and shrubs collected from abroad, particularly America. During WWII space was set aside for allotments as part of the “grow yourself to victory” ideology. To this day the people of Fulham still grow food on these allotments.
The gardens of Fulham Palace had a set back in the early 1600s when the residing bishop took to hacking away at the trees. Not everyone was impressed by this act with Sir Francis Bacon, a notable gardener of the time, referred to the bishop as a “Good expounder of dark places”. Even in the Middle Ages there were people who cared deeply about conservation and nature.
Fancy a bit of live comedy in London this March? Then look no further than the controversial comic Russell Brand, who will appear at the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane on March 2, 2014. Intriguingly titled ‘The Messiah Complex’, Brand’s tongue-in-cheek show is about people who suffer from a psychological disorder in which they think they are God.
Did Jesus of Nazareth suffer from the Messiah complex? What about Adolf Hitler or Gandhi? What made the well-known figures of history tick for better or for worse?
Russell Brand takes an amusing look at the people who he thinks may well be suffering or have suffered from the Messiah Complex. As is usual with Brand, a fair portion of the show dedicated to sex.
Like many controversial television personalities, you either seem to love Russell Brand or loathe him (the former category comprising mostly of women). Despite having some negative press, Brand’s Messiah Complex has had good reviews. In its review of the show at the Hammersmith Apollo in October last year, Timeout described the performance as being: “As thought provoking as it is entertaining.”
It’s true, when you take a trip to London you’d be wise to pack your umbrella. London, like the UK in general, is well-known for its less than perfect weather. Although having said that if you are travelling from the north, Manchester for example, your visit to London is filled with optimistic expectations of better weather. London might be a tad notorious for rain and chilly weather but we have to admit it all adds to the character of England and its reputation for uniqueness.
London has got a long-established and justifiable label for, unlike many of its European capital counterparts, not baking under the sun. It has to be said that this can be welcoming and refreshing during the summer months when the likes of Madrid, Athens and Seville are almost too hot to enjoy.
London – a global epicentre for fashion
The British capital might not be synonymous with great weather but it is synonymous with a thriving fashion scene, which is one of the best in the world. From Swinging London in the sixties to Cool Bitpop of the nineties, London has always been the centre of thriving fashion scenes. You don’t have to walk down a London street for long until you see a visual icon that captures London’s lively fashion spirit.
So what have one of the capital’s less desirable traits and one of its most celebratory assets got in common? Well we would have said absolutely nothing expect perhaps that the rain might compel people to enter a store to get dry and spend some time shopping.
The American singer and TV personality Nicole Scherzinger believes London’s bad weather and enviable fashion status have more in common than meets the eye. Nicole states that the British capital is a top place for fashion because of the bad weather.
The children are taking over, it’s official! From Monday February 10th until Sunday February 23rd children will transform the Southbank Centre as they proceed to run what promises to be a spellbinding show. Literature, dance, theatre and art are all big on the agenda at Imagine.
Designed to coincide with half term holidays there will even be a sleep over one night at the festival, which could give mum and dad a chance to pop out to see a West End play.
The first two days of this spirited children’s event are dedicated to dressing up. The show is kick-started by the kids being encouraged to wear everything back to front and the wrong way round. On ‘Topsy Turvy Day’, socks are worn as gloves and shoes on the wrong feet, and, as you can imagine, garb chaos sets the scene. The following day’s theme is ‘Call of the Wild’, when the children use their imaginations to dress up as their favourite plant, tree or animal.
Politicians and other influential figures will also be present at the Imagine Festival and the children will have their very own question time where they get the chance to challenge officials about children’s rights. Question time will take place in the Purcell Room at 1pm on Tuesday 11th.