Secrets for the Weekend : Oct 18/19


The Iescape team & The Sunday Times are offering a 50% discount at 50+ of their boutique holiday locations. Get your code, and book by 7 Nov – no later.

Lego is planning a reality TV show alongside its development of a Batman movie spinoff, say reports

Lego, is now the worlds biggest toy maker (having overtaken Barbie maker Mattel of course). So after basking in the $500m success of The Lego Movie, they are now working on a documentary, apps, reality TV Series, and (breath) a 2nd Lego movie. If that wasn’t enough to float your lego boat, then book your tickets to Brick2014 at Excel 27-30 Nov. They bill it as “Lego Heaven”, I think Grandpa will agree, don’t you?


If you like the words; high, end, net-a-porter and special discount, then treat a friend to a drink at Soho’s private members Groucho Club, and visit the girls, Tamara and Shelia who are behind hot new sportswear label LAAIN. They will be selling their collection at wholesale prices on Monday 20 October (5-10pm). Twitter & Instagram here.

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Entitled “Out of Many, One” — the English translation of the Latin e pluribus unum on the seal of the United States — the massive portrait is the work of artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada. Composed of 2,000 tons of sand and 800 tons of topsoil, it spans over six acres and took four weeks to complete. The face itself is a composite image created from photographs of 50 young men from different racial backgrounds. Now that piece of work would definitely impress your art teacher, and geography teacher, and science teacher …

If you want to do something different on Monday night, how about listening to artist Tim Wright in Conversation at Cass Arts, Islington on 20th Oct’ at 8pm (you could go after your visit to The Groucho at 5pm!)? He was the painting advisor to actor Timothy Spall for his role in Mike Leighs new film ‘Mr. Turner’, and is super super talented. Check out current his exhibition at Shine Artists.

Make yourself smug, and get organised by booking tickets for your Christmas Family Show : There Was An Old Woman, part of Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival 2014. The Oily Cart theatre company specialise in multisensory, immersive, interactive performances ‘without the fourth wall’ for very young children, and we have never not been impressed with their work. See Listings Info Below.

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Russell Brand may live in Hollywood and be bendy, but he is still our Pied Piper of Hamelin. To celebrate the launch of his new book out on Nov 6th, he and illustrator Chris Riddell, are turning the story into a family show at the Royal Albert Hall : Russell Brand’s Tricksters Tales. This event isn’t cheap, but is bound to be a very memorable evening. Tickets start at £28 for under 14, but are selling fast. ps. you also get a copy of the book with your ticket.


I cannot leave without totally recommending that you listen online to the current radio4 series : 21st Century Mythologies. It is a series of 15 daily shows at 12pm where author, scholar and critic Peter Conrad ranges over the defining effluvia of our era, from the Cronut, Celenbrity Pets, the selfie, and Oscar Pistorious, as well as the Kardashians (which I especially found fascinating). Totally brilliant programming from the BBC (again).



World premiere of Oily Cart’s There Was An Old Woman
Part of Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival
Dates: Saturday 13 December 2014 – Sunday 4 January 2015
Times: 11am and 2pm on Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 December, Saturday 20 – Wednesday 24 December, Saturday 27 – Wednesday 31 December and Friday 2 January – Sunday 4 January 10.30am and 1.30pm on Tuesday 16 – Friday 19 December
No performances: 15, 25, 26 December and 1 January
Venue: Blue Room at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall
Ticket prices: Adult £14, Child £7
Ticket Booking: / 0844 847 9944
Duration: 55 minutes
Age guidance: For ages three to five