Mini Reviews

Exhibition review: Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile 1870-1904 at Tate Britain

Winter is here. What better way to beat the grey skies and daylight saving than a display of sun-drenched Impressionist paintings. The arrival of 'Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile 1870-1904' at Tate Britain would seem perfectly timed, right? Well, sort of.

The exhibition has stirred up art critics because there are only three actual Impressionists artists represented here.…

Film review - Mademoiselle Paradis, London Film Festival 2017

A young woman, prodigiously talented but disabled, Maria Theresia von Paradis was an eighteenth century musician, composer and a contemporary of Mozart. There’s even a street named after her in Vienna. Von Paradis’s achievement as a piano player is more remarkable because she was blind from the age of 3.

‘Mademoiselle Paradis’, a film screened at this year’s London Film Festival sheds light…

Book review: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies (2014) is a novel by Australian author Liane Moriarty. The book is actually set in Sydney, in a scenic beachside town called ‘Perriwee Peninsula’. The story centres on Perriwee Primary School and its community of children, teachers and parents. The school has an ocean view. Despite the affluent, idyllic and sunny environment there is a disquieting undercurrent with people…

Review: Hastings Pier

Hastings, a seaside town on the Sussex coastline, has a newly restored pier, adding to its many tourist attractions (including a pebble beach and Hastings Castle dating back to the time of William the Conqueror). What’s more, this new structure has been voted 'Pier of the Year 2017' by the National Pier Society.

From far away it might not seem particularly noteworthy. Once you reach the…

Documentary review: Angry Inuk

Set in the remote hamlet of Kimmirut, Canada, in the icy Arctic Circle, the film Angry Inuk (2016) looks at the lives of the Inuit people, following the trade ban on harp seal skin products (campaigned for by animal rights activists in 1987).

The film controversially opposes this ban because its had a negative effect on the Inuit's livelihood. The documentary is part of the Origins Festival…

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Stephen Vaudrey

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East Londoner. Writes on local issues, classic cars and social care.

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Born in Texas, has lived in France, Scotland and mostly in London.

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Long time Camden resident. Writes on local issues, the arts and environmental matters.

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