You can play this skill-developing game in two different ways - a basic version which matches letter cards to the ones on the word board, and a more challenging game where players collect the letters to spell the picture on their board. … [Read more...] about Half term boredom breakers: Toys and games for under £20 that will keep your children entertained during the school holidays
Needham describes the way he works as “putting something that has no materialistic value into a fashion context”. For his Central Saint Martins MA collection, Øyeblikk (“in the blink of an eye”), he transported himself back to Norway, where he spent some time in 2015: “Each piece is part of that story,” he says . He worked with organic jerseys, old suitcases and “luxe fabrics donated by Alexander McQueen”. He and Helen Kirkum have together upcycled three pairs of designer heels donated by US Vogue’s Sarah Mower, while tears he cried and collected before the show have been turned into a crystal by RCA graduate Alice Potts, a wearable memory of a moment in time. Though Needham’s work is not yet for sale – he graduates this year – it has already gained attention. In 2019, it appeared in the V&A’s Tim Walker: Wonderful Things exhibition and it is worn by Emma Watson in the latest Pirelli calendar. … [Read more...] about Would you wear clothes made from rubbish?
She had been hoping to break the 1500m again but in a more tactical race she showed another side to her talents by sprinting to win in 4:04:07. “There were a few points I had to get my elbows out,” admitted Reekie. “But that’s middle-distance running. I’m still learning but I’ve got a lot more to give. I was hoping I was going to beat my own British record,” she added. “But that’s OK. I’ll take the win.” … [Read more...] about Laura Muir falls short of record as training partner Jemma Reekie stars
Though this 10-year dramatic chronicle starts with 45-year-old Fabian and social reformer Emmeline Pankhurst, and her three daughters, Christabel, Sylvia and Adela, who founded the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in October 1903, Atkinson rightly dedicates much of her book to the many hundreds of less celebrated figures whose fight was no less dogged. There was Charlotte Despard, who ran a soup kitchen in Battersea and who piled her white hair high under a mantilla. Nineteen-year-old Margery Bryce wore a full suit of armour and rode a white horse at the head of a procession in London. And the diminutive Lilian Lenton, the “Elusive Pimpernel”, master of escape, disguise and arson. What they all shared was devotion to the cause; and some were fanatical about it. … [Read more...] about Rise up Women! by Diane Atkinson review – Arson, arrest, escape, and the right to vote
My dormant knowledge of Emily Davison had been recently resuscitated by a documentary I had seen, Secrets of a Suffragette, presented by Clare Balding. It featured new analysis of the footage of Davison’s infamous dash in front of a horse at the 1913 Epsom Derby. This analysis demonstrated that her tragic collision with the King’s horse on the race track was not a suicide but an audacious attempt – that went tragically wrong – to pin a suffragette flag on the horse’s bridle. There was a return train ticket in her handbag that suggested she had no intention of becoming a martyr that day. … [Read more...] about Warrior woman: my cantata for suffragette Emily Davison