Dulwich Picture Gallery Scouts Local Artistic Talent …. Sort Of!

In the heart of picturesque Dulwich Village, the oldest purpose-built gallery in the world, designed by architect Sir John Soane, stands stout and firm, self-confident in the world-class collection of paintings that can be found hanging on its walls. It is, of course, the Dulwich Picture Gallery.

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Prince Harry & Meghan: How much should you spend on a “royal” wedding?

Recently announced news about Prince Harry and his fiancé, Meghan Markle, who are to wed, has people bursting with an excitement all over the world. Everyone is waiting to find out more details about this wedding but the exact details are yet to be announced.

Details so far are scant but we already have a glimpse of where it will take place and when. Saturday, May the 19th this year has been picked as the best time and the venue had been agreed on as the Saint Georges Chapel in Windsor Castle. This will be on a Saturday despite royal weddings typically taking place during weekdays. Another little throw to the status quo.

Even so, we impatiently wait for more particulars on the reception, the guest list, the wedding dress, the ring, decorations, entertainment, the menu, wines of the day, security and all the rest needed to throw a big bash… but how big will it be?

As Harry is the 5th inline to the throne, it seems unlikely that he will ever manage to sit on the big chair, however, he is still royal and the world expects a big, slightly less formal, but certainly not a boring wedding. 

The capacity of the venue is 800 which is a big cutdown from 2000 when William wedded a few years ago. It’s positively tiny compared to Diana and Charles wedding, whose guest-list hit 5000. One of the UK’s most famous wedding planners says: “800 might seem as an extreme to most of us but it’s quite an intimate number for a royal wedding.”

The royal family is picking up the bill for the wedding, although we should consider that the venue and the staff are going to be practically free. So the question is: how much cash will actually be spent to make an unforgettable party?

Apparently one “pays between 250K upwards to a half a million pounds” on average for a splash wedding these days in London, but it really depends whether you spend £25,000 or £100,000 on a wedding dress for instance. “And after all, the cost goes up considerably if you decide to spend more on the actual evening which the public will not necessarily get to see". 

As it’s a state occasion one can still expect the bill to rise as many national and international VIPs will certainly attend and the security, as well as the overall presentation, will be very important and, of course, costly. The fact that Windsor was chosen instead of London will definitely cut the cost down considerably and, of course, 800 guests will not cost as much as 5000, nonetheless, those guests will be state figures and the figure is still expected to cost.

So, what can we expect in terms of expenditure for this wedding? As our celebrity wedding planner informs advises: “just stay true to yourself, you don’t need to follow a formula, don’t follow the latest trend you have seen on Pinterest for example. Be yourself. And, we are already seeing that with Harry and Megan."

What we have seen so far from Prince Harry and Megan is that they already broke a few royal rules and they are opting for slightly more radical choices than the previous royals. They come across as very much in love publicly and we hope that the cost will not matter after all as long as they decide on a fun, unique and chic wedding. We can’t wait to see it!


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The Lodger; Hitchcock with piano, band & choir

From the back of the church comes rhythmic clapping and percussion. On screen, Mr and Mrs Bunting, landlord and landlady of a boarding house, go the door. It’s the police, led by Joe, the detective investigating the serial killer called The Avenger. Joe speaks; “We’ve come to have a word with your lodger”. They go upstairs as the tempo picks up and into the lodger’s room. The suspect is kissing Daisy. She is the landlords’ daughter and Joe’s girlfriend. Add a comment

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Talented students across Westminster hold Exhibition on Kings Road

21st November – 24th November, 2017

Tanya Baxter Contemporary 436 Kings Road, London, SW10 0LJ 

London has long been dewxribed as one of the major art capitals in the world and now students from across state and private schoiols in Westminster have come together to produce an exhibition of a very high standard of work. Tanya Baxter Contempoary is a leading dealer in modern and contemporary masterpieces from Europe, United States and Asia. Giving these young talented students a platform to exhibit is a great opportunity both for the students and for the public wanting to spot rising stars.

Exhibition: 436 Kings Road, London SW10 0LJ, T: 020 7351 1367 / 07961 360 407

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Giacometti at Tate Modern

Walking around the Giacometti exhibition at the Tate Modern there is an unmistakeable intensity in the air. It’s always been there since our first encounter in the sculpture garden of The Maeght Foundation, Saint-Paul de Vence in the South of France. Giacometti achieves something in his creations many other sculptors can only dream of; he imbues them with the fiction of life. The sensation of presence lasting only a split second, a first glance, emanates from the work in front of you. Add a comment

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Bad Day at Kennington Cinema Museum?

After several years of “meaning to go” to the Cinema Museum in Kennington, I went to last night’s screening of Bad Day at Black Rock. What a wonderful place the Cinema Museum is but possibly not for much longer.

The landlord is the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and it is planning to sell to a developer. Losing the museum would be a tragedy. This dispiriting affair fits in with the loss of the Carnegie Library and threats to Dulwich Hamlet. There’s a petition to save the museum here.

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Summer reading? Poe of course.

There is something about oppressive hear, when the air thickens and the sunlight bears down like a thing with mass. Movement slows and becomes more deliberate. Hurry is pointless.

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Peter Cushing: From Dulwich to the Death Star

“I was forty years old and a failure as an actor when the opportunity to play Dr Frankenstein was offered to me. Despite years of endeavour both in America and in British television, I could see no future and was about to give up acting to design scarves for a living.”

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Visit to the house of Karloff

It’s a sultry summer night, 23 July 1977. After much pleading, the thirteen year old me is allowed to stay up for the first half of BBC2’s double bill of horror. The film is Son of Frankenstein and I am sucked in by the heavy gothic atmosphere, the weird, expressionistic sets and lighting, the haunting music played by Bela Lugosi’s Ygor and finally, Boris Karloff’s monster.

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