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Jade Waller show at Graffik Gallery

Urban contemporary art has had a boost since Cape Town artist Jade Doreen Waller came on the scene. All her work stems from today’s urban subculture, which as we all know is crammed and chaotic and the title of the show describes what many feel, ‘Overload’. This body of work…

New birthday season at The Gate Theatre

Christopher Haydon is very busy as the artistic director of the Gate Theatre putting together his most ambitious season to date. ‘Who Does She Think She Is?’ is the Autumn (and Gate’s birthday) season and comprises three plays (all UK premiers) which will look at identity through the prism of…

Kelly’s keys to calm

Sleep is such an important Key to Calm that I am returning to the topic. It is particularly relevant to those dogged by anxiety and depression: when we are sleep-deprived, our emotional brain (the amygdala) becomes more active and we can no longer regulate feelings effectively, locking us into a…

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Matthew Williamson sample sale at theatre

Hold the front page, there is a Matthew Williamson (truly beautiful things) sample sale on at the 20th Century Theatre on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th July. With up to 70% off clothes and accessories and new stock each day this is surely worth a gander. Note it is cards…

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Film celebrates 250 years of Hermitage

Margy Kinmonth has made a film about the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg to celebrate its 250th year.  The Hermitage is one of the world’s biggest museums with over 3 million treasures and more curators than anywhere else looking after more than three million visitors each year. Kinmonth and Foxtrot…

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Seven minute workout

I love this app. On holiday with no time or no inclination to exercise? Simply download this app and press start and you are taken through 12 exercises with a 10 second rest between each one. You can repeat the circuit several times or if you are very lazy like…

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Little Waitrose for Notting Hill Gate

It will be the Big Decide. Little Waitrose will be opening next to M&S in Notting Hill Gate at the end of the month. Little Waitrose? M&S? Little Waitrose? M&S? On the plus side Little Waitrose will donate £500 a month to local charities and groups nominated by customers as part…

Lucy’s flapjacks

This is my mother’s 1960s recipe which I use all the time, they are simple  and really delicious. Good to take on a holiday picnic. You’ll need: 210g butter 175g caster or soft brown sugar 6 tsps golden syrup 500g rolled oats   I usually double these amounts because they don’t…

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Summer Rhythm Studio boot camp

In London between 28th July and 22nd August? Sign your 8-16 year olds up for a Ladbroke Grove Rhythm Studio boot camp. Here they will spend a week forming bands, learning classic covers, recording music and performing live. Half days cost £195 for a week and £345 for full days…

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Longhorns for Holland Park

Am not quite sure who designed these horns (pic) but they must be heavy to carry around. See for yourself in Holland Park on 14th July when Longhorns are returning to graze on the summer pasture before it rots down. The meadow has been set aside for native wild flowers…

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Notting Hill art festival

There’s an art festival on at the moment, and the best is yet to come, with a portraiture demonstration on Sunday, 13 July and a life drawing class at the Tabernacle from 6.30 – 9.30pm on Tues 15 July which costs just £10. There are also free printing classes for…

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Kelly’s Keys to Calm

Holidays are here: in theory, I should sleep more soundly given I no longer have to fret about the school run. But like many who battle with anxiety, insomnia remains a constant challenge. I can have trouble getting to sleep, trouble with waking in the night, and trouble waking up…

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Portobello Orchestra

Bournemouth had its Sinfonietta, Liverpool has its Royal Philharmonic and in Portobello we have our very own, er, ‘Orchestra’.  Well, they’re a down-to-earth bunch of people so ‘Orchestra’ does fine and they’ve a concert this Saturday evening at the ever-gorgeous St Peter’s Church on Kensington Park Road and top of the…

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Sunny Afternoon in October

A very reliable Notting Hill Post source (went to Oxford) says that Sunny Afternoon is excellent and worth taking music loving teenagers to. Sunny Afternoon is a new musical about the rise of The Kinks on the 60s music scene. It is transferring to the Harold Pinter Theatre in the…

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Bohemians at the palace

 Another evening in the Glorious Georges season is a talk on Georgian London: bohemians and royals, about how 18th Century London was a tribal city of different areas with their own style and secrets. Sounds intriguing. Wednesday 23 July, 6.30 – 8pm, £12. In the State Apartments, KensingtonPalace

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Tour de France to London

Stage three of The Tour de France is coming to London on Monday 7th July. Great news for cycling and sports enthusiasts, bad news for those travelling around London. Cyclists and the entourage, which is huge I have seen it before, will come into London from Cambridge, down through Hackney…

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McBusted and Libertines to play Hyde Park

Hyde Park’s music festival starts this weekend with a headline act by newly formed and gorgeous looking. sounding and probably sweet smelling McBusted this Sunday. The Backstreet Boys will also be playng their summer sounds and there is still time to get tickets for all the shows, even the Libertines. This…

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Kelly’s Keys to Calm

So we’ve dealt with the pesky topic of school reports (last week’s column – the gist: ignore them) but July also brings Sports Day. Naturally the only race that matters is the Mother’s: as one wise ten-year-old said to his mater in her spiked running shoes, it’s all about taking…

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Morning Gloryville comes West

Great excitement, morning raves are coming to Notting Hill. This energetic wake-up limb fling has already been tested by the Post who travelled all the way to east London and glad now its on our doorstep. Really worth a go, it will make you laugh, burn lots of calories and beats…

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It is all Greek at the Gate Theatre

I went to see Idomenus (pronounced eee-dom-en-us) last night at the Gate Theatre and highly recommend it. Greek plays always make me feel a bit nervous with the possibility of boredom paramount in my mind. Idomenus at the Gate was an excellent example of energised story telling with not one…

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Motivation from first Everest woman

West London Bowls Club (WLBC) on Highlever Road is hosting a motivational talk on the 8th July at 7pm. Club member and award winning film maker, Philippa Collie-Cousins, will be talking to Rebecca Stephens MBE, the first British Woman to Climb Everest, about reaching goals, team building, motivation and leadership….

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Course for teens and one for parents

One for the teenager and one for the parent. First, a holiday course for teenagers about to head off for university. how to: Student Life Skills, 26  - 30 August, 9.30 – 5.30pm You can do the whole five day course or choose the odd day that suits you best for £75….

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Stitch in time

Sew Portobello, a project to gather together sewers and those who would like to sew,  has been launched this week. Creative sorts who love sewing, want to earn some extra money or who would like to pass on their skills to others are invited to join in at the studio…