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The Edge of Our Bodies

I had a lovely chat with Shannon Tarbet who will play Bernadette in the new play The Edge of our Bodies by Adam Rapp opening at the Gate Theatre on 25th September. This is the first play in the Who Does She Think She Is season at the Gate, comprising…

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Fashion factory

The Fashion Factory teaches youngsters how to make their own clothes in a fun and modern way and its energetic founder has great qualifications to make it all possible. Amanda Riley used to design clothes at the top end of the international fashion spectrum, working in Italy, Hong Kong and India…

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Graphic demonstrations

Graphics is the subject of a free show at the V&A this weekend where there will be workshops and demonstrations focussed on design, how to put together a portfolio for a job in the design world and there will be a talk about the psychology of fonts and type faces….

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Pedlars General Store Cafe

My new favourite place for avo on toast is the cafe at the back of Pedlars General Store on Talbot Road. Reasons are: I love the paint colours on the wall by the Little Green Company in three very pleasing toning shades of grey and greeny blue (pic). Next it…

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Kelly’s keys to calm

And now for my photo tip. Propped up on my bathroom mirror, alongside some of my favourite lines of inspirational poetry and if I remember, my gratitude list, is a picture of a middle-aged woman. Her nails need a manicure; her roots need dying; and her brown baggy top has…

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Absolute beginners Bridge with Andrew Robson

You have just one week to join Andrew Robson’s beginners bridge class at Bumpkin (Westbourne Park Road) starting 23rd September 2.15-4pm. Now I know this is fab because I have done it and am now moving onto intermediate (I know). I went reluctantly last year, dragged by a card loving…

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Timetable from The-Train-Station

Notting Hill fitness guru Gill Clegg suggests some short sharp exercise routines for the time poor that will keep you in shape. The new school year is upon us and although you always expect to have more time to work out, the reality often is that you just don’t. While…

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Clement James opens doors

On Thursday 18th September The Clement James Centre is hosting a bit of a shindig or open evening from 6.30-8.30pm, to which you are all invited. Highlighting the amazing work of the charity is the idea behind the soiree. The charity supports people in the local community through language teaching…

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Portobello pop-up

A group of shop owners who will be selling their wares at the pretty new Portobello Garden Arcade have a pop-up this week at 201 Portobello to advertise the arcade. There are great kimonos (pic) from £80 and Fiona Ainslie has started a business with jewellery, lovely beaded tunics and…

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Second Half selling exhibition

Fortuna Weeks will be one of seven local designers and artists showing and selling their art at the Second Half Centre next week. A recent graduate of Central St Martins, Weeks makes textile jewellery from fine Japanese thread with pearls and precious metals (pic, by William Besse). In the summer…

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Nush Gems pops up at Chic and Seek

Next Week from 18th – 20th September Nush Gems is popping-up in Chic and Seek on Portland Cross. Plan to go on Thursday when it is late night shopping to 9pm and you can have a manicure and glass of Prosecco while perusing the jewels. Nush Gems are the most…

Peace drawings

An exhibition which aims to bring people together to think about reconciliation and peace is showing this weekend at The Tabernacle. The work explores ‘the idea of vulnerability as a source of power’. The drawings are part of a conceptual art project and artist John Ligda says: “I’ve travelled to East Ukraine, Palestine…

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Selling exhibition of young artists’ work

There is going to be a selling exhibition of young artists who have all been highly trained together in Italy using traditional, very intensive methods. Each of them has studied at one or more of the three world-acclaimed academies in Florence. At the 20th Century Theatre next weekend,  12-13 September, 10am –…

Tall ships are sailing by

Just in case you hadn’t heard there will be tons of Tall Ships weighing anchor down Greenwich way this weekend. You can go on board for free or book for a sail. It is the first time they have had a Thames Regatta for a generation and this won’t happen…

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Thomas Heatherwick talk

Book now for the 5×15 talk by Thomas Heatherwick on 23rd October, 7pm at The Royal Geographical Society. Heatherwick is an energetic and inspiring speaker (already seen him and he was soooo interesting) and he is now designing a Maggie Cancer Centre in Leeds. He will be discussing the design…

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Most stylish photographer

Horst’s photographs make you thirsty to look and look again at his fabulous images. You leave this latest V&A exhibition with a definite spring in your step. The diversity of Horst’s work, which he continued passionately for 60 years, focuses on fashion but there are also surrealist works, a really beautiful…

Marina Abramović talk

Art, performance, time and nothingness is the title of an evening with artist Marina Abramović  following her recent exhibition ’512 Hours’ at the Serpentine Gallery. She will discuss the exhibition and her career with the brilliant BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz. The Sunday Times’ Bryan Appleyard has said ‘Abramović doesn’t speak the pretentiously illiterate garbage…

Casa Cruz to go ahead

Casa Cruz has now won the permission it needed to start work on the old boozer on Clarendon Road. It has now taken the property and will begin construction works in the next few weeks. Watch that spot for the rise of an up-market Argentinian restaurant (with a slice of…

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Cook up some romance

 New local business Cook Dating, where you stir the sauce and feast your eyes on others getting steamy in the kitchen, is coming to Books for Cooks. If you are looking for romance this is a great way of doing it because of all the foodie distraction and if you…

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Hermitage comes to the Gate

This week you can treat yourself to an up-close-and-personal visit to the Hermitage, the latest subject brought to us by local filmmaker Margy Kinmonth.  Kick back and pretend you are wandering around the Hermitage in St Petersburg, one of the world’s biggest museums, with your own special guide. Sip a…

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Albion opens at the Bush

Albion by Chris Thomson opens at the Bush Theatre on 12th September  - 25th October. Local theatre tom tom drums tell me this is really very good – so I have booked. The Albion is an East End boozer (think the Queen Vic) and is where the English Protection Army…

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Not So Silent Movies at the Electric

On Sunday 7th September at 2.30pm in the Electric Cinema top class musicians, including special guest Al Doyle from Hot Chip, will perform completely original soundtracks to the world’s greatest silent films. There will be no rehearsal, no one watches the films in advance and the soundtracks are entirely improvised….

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Kelly’s keys to calm

I am indebted to my friend Paul who sent me this quotation from Ralph Waldo Emerson, the American essayist and poet who died in 1882: ‘Nothing can bring you peace but yourself’. This weekend, returning from holiday to chaos, dirty laundry, unpacking, a broken phone, and the challenge of getting…

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Young Creatives at the Roundhouse

I think this is worth crossing the Edgeware Road for. Young Creatives at the Roundhouse – Camden – is an amazing program for anyone aged 11-25 who is interested in a career in music and performance. Kinds of things you can try are a DJ drop in session, an alternative…

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Cosi up for the autumn

Cosi Fan Tutte will be at the 20th Century Theatre early next month. The production is by Opera Lyrica, a company set up by director Paola Cuffolo and producer Nicholas Simpson for performers, designers and technicians starting out on their careers. Am sure it will be a wonderful evening and, if…

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Back to School of Comedy

Sign your kids (5-16) up to the funniest club in the area and laugh your way to Christmas. The School of Comedy is back from 13th September in the Tabernacle in Notting Hill and the Tabard in Chiswick and somewhere in Barnes you don’t need to know about. An improvisation…

Print Room first season in Coronet

The Print Room has announced its new and inaugural season in new home the Coronet. On the 6th October (my old Dad’s 80th birthday) Notes from the Underground opens to 1st November. A one man show performed by Harry Lloyd, this has been adapted from Dostoyevsky’s original by Harry Lloyd…

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Kensington Mums September dates

Kensington Mums – great network for new mums in the area –  has organised a few events to help get you through the next month as autumn approaches – tho’ obvs praying hard for an Indian summer. * Kensington Mums Fit Club, every Saturday 10.30-11.30am in Kensington. * Beauty Masterclass…

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Kelly’s keys to calm

Positive thinking, week two: we know it makes you live longer (last week’s blog) but how do you actually nurture positivity? The truth is it’s hard. Neuroscience suggests our brains are drawn to negativity: dark thoughts stick to our minds like Velcro, while positive ones are Teflon-coated and slide out…

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Council tax identity theft

RBKC has sent out a warning about a gang conning residents into giving them their personal details under the guise of receiving a ‘council tax adjustment’. This is what the council says: ‘Unsolicited emails and phone calls have been received by residents purporting to be from the RBKC Council Tax section. In…

Pass on a poem

Children of War in Palestine by Indian poet Manash Bhattacharjee 1 The little girl Runs after a butterfly Among the graves 2 Their ghosts play cricket In the ramshackle courtyard After the boys leave 3 Her nose bleeding The girl in her father’s lap Shouts at the world 4 He draws…

Holland Park guidebook and bird ringing

There’s a smart new guide to Holland Park which gives a short history of Holland House and information about the tennis courts, playing field, Ecology Centre and the park services with useful contact numbers and a really good map. Useful for all of us, but also really handy to give…