Friday, 11 July 2014

What's On: Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest For Longitude at National Maritime Museum


In many ways, a major new exploration of the quest for longitude at the National Maritime Museum is the story of Greenwich itself.

Film review: Begin Again (15)


Begin Again
(15) 104mins

Actors secretly harbour a dream to be a musician and musicians want to be an actor one day." So says Brit James Corden, who turns up in this love song to the power of music which is heaving with job swappers.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Exhibition: Bridge at Museum Of London Docklands


Bridge is a free exhibition of artworks responding to the capital's crossings showing at the Museum Of London Docklands, West India Quay. We have selected four of the works from the exhibition with words of explanation or evocation.

Business books: Think Like A Freak, The Reckoning


Think Like A Freak
Levitt & Dubner (Penguin)

In 2005, the double act of Steven D Levitt (economist) and Stephen J Dubner (writer) stumbled upon a new name for the old practice of thinking outside the box - Freakonomics.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Why London's bridges are more than just pieces of engineering



The story of London is the story of river conquests.

From the first Roman pontoons, through the congested first London Bridge to the gothic splendour of Tower Bridge and onward to the prospect of a new Garden Bridge, these crossings are a reflection of a people and their times that carry more significance than mere engineering.

Book review: The Farm, by Tom Rob Smith

BOOKS_thefarm.jpgThe Farm
Tom Rob Smith (Simon & Schuster)

Tom Rob Smith's contribution to the Scandi noir canon is born of authenticity. His mother was Swedish although not, one presumes, the model for Tilde who turns up on his son's London doorstep one day with a story straight from the dark heart of that troll-ridden country.

Friday, 20 June 2014

London should plan for more heatwaves

SUNNY_Motorexpo.jpgLondon can expect more extreme weather events over the next few years with the number of "uncomfortable" days of heatwave likely to double.

The rise of intensely sunny days should prompt architects and planners to start including "cool culture" design features to make life more bearable for overheated residents and workers, say experts.

Book review: Flash Boys, by Michael Lewis


Flash Boys
Michael Lewis (Allen Lane)

Everything changes in the blink of an eye, they say. That's about 300 milliseconds.

Film review: Three Days To Kill (12A)



Three Days To Kill
(12A) 117mins

Sometime soon, a bright young thing will find a revivalist project for Kevin Costner, who appears to drag himself forlornly around the fringes of the big time wondering where it all went wrong.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Film review: TS Spivet (12A)



TS Spivet
(12A) 105mins

The Young And Prodigious TS Spivet was an instant success as a book - with a 12-year-old mini-genius telling a tale of his cross-country adventure to pick up a scientific award told with digressions, subplots, marginalia and footnotes.