Saturday night. You are at dinner with friends who you have not seen for ages. It’s been wonderful, but now it is time to go. Except, of course, it isn’t. Even those with children are frantically text-bartering with the babysitter to secure a couple more FOMO-quashing hours at the coalface of getting s***faced. Everyone — everyone — is in. This being central-ish London, though, there is nowhere to go that is not a dreadful club you are at least three years too old to queue up for (you’re at least 22) or a twelve-quid-a-G&T members’ bar full of absolute… members. But someone knows somewhere. It’s just a short cab ride away. It’s free — or maybe a fiver — to get in. No queues. Its idea of a top shelf spirit is Gordon’s, it serves very-much-not-craft lager and the toilets have seen better days. The tunes are of the Abba Gold, mid-Noughties R&B or classic rock variety, and the clientele reflects this; people … [Read more...] about A guide to down and dirty, after-hours London
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LOS ANGELES – In a true Hollywood fashion, a bigger-than-life poster of Jack Palance greeted guests upon their arrival at the Ukrainian Culture Center on Sunday, March 3. The 250 southern Californians of Ukrainian descent as well as non-Ukrainians came to celebrate the life and career of the legendary Ukrainian American actor on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Several members of the Ukrainian Art Center of Los Angeles, which sponsored this extravaganza, welcomed the guests and encouraged them to pose in front of the poster for a photo op before walking the red carpet into the hall towards the lavish hors d’oeuvres and delicate pastries set up on film-related stands. As the guests mingled with friends and acquaintances in the Ukrainian Center decorated for an Oscar event, they also had the opportunity to check out the silent auction offerings as well as displays of Palance’s artwork, bandura and various family photographs. Perhaps a few guests stopped to listen to … [Read more...] about Los Angeles gala pays tribute to life and career of Jack Palance
With that in mind, we have asked three expert walkers - authors all - to choose their favourite walks for spring. That means places with the finest bluebell displays, the best newly-green woodlands, the most dramatic scenery. The result is 30 great routes that criss-cross the country, including Northern Ireland. For urban dwellers, there are escape routes out to Ireland's Eye and south to Bray and along the Royal Canal, none of which require a car. There are even a few places where thick-skinned bathers can take a dip. There are trails here for families with toddlers or buggies, for those looking for a good stretch, and for serious hikers wanting to blow the cobwebs out of their hair after the long dark winter. And all of them finish near a good spot for a cup of tea or something stronger. Each walk listed includes the distance and the time it takes to complete at a moderate pace, as well as directions to the start point. Most of the routes can be covered without maps, but we have … [Read more...] about 30 best spring walks in Ireland: Fresh air for every age and fitness level!
It's only three months down the road, and as she feeds and cuddles baby Bobby, she looks as if she's been doing this motherhood thing for years, not to mind the fact that the house, which is in south Co Dublin, is already warm, elegant and welcoming, with most rooms fully furnished. And she looks amazing - possibly the best she's ever looked. Glenda and her husband, Rob MacNaughton, moved into the house on a Monday, and Bobby arrived the following week, two weeks earlier than expected. "I had only finished work the Friday before. I was very sick throughout the pregnancy, vomiting every day. I had that condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum, so I went into the Coombe on the Monday to see how things were going, and my waters broke in the car park," she explains. The fact that Glenda has been juggling different roles all her life probably stood to her at this stressful time. The TV-watching public know Glenda as one of Xpose's top presenters, as well as more recently the presenter of … [Read more...] about Glimpse inside Glenda Gilson’s home as she chats motherhood, maternity leave and Trump
LUVVIE snobs rule the film industry, robbing brilliant mainstream box-office hits - especially musicals – of the chance to win Baftas and Oscars. This year that meant Mary Poppins Returns was snubbed altogether, despite Emily Blunt’s sublime recreation of Julie Andrews’ iconic role, and critical praise for her performance of a lifetime. The latest trailer for Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns starring Emily Blunt has been released showing off the wondrous world of magic Indeed, at the Screen Actors Guild Awards — voted on by fellow actors — the Brit won best supporting actress for horror movie A Quiet Place, rather than the Disney sequel. Ahead of the EE Baftas on Sunday, her director Rob Marshall — a multi Oscar and Emmy winner himself — has lashed out at the snub. He said: “Well, I will say that it was disappointing, there’s no question, and I think people felt that. “She really … [Read more...] about Mary Poppins Returns director says Emily Blunt ‘was robbed’ at the Baftas and The Oscars