From family shows, pop-up cinema, and animal encounters, to alien invasions, slime workshops, and fairy trails, there’s lots of family fun to be had in South Yorkshire this February half term. - ‘Stella’ comes to the stage The Civic, Barnsley – Sunday February 24-26Stella is a Star Engineer. From her home on the Moon she keeps the stars shining bright for when we need them most, to make a wish or find our way back home.But down on Earth things are changing. The world is becoming bright, busy and people aren’t looking up. The stars are burning out and it’s up to Stella to save them, but she can’t do it alone.Using projection, playful performance and aerial circus, we want to talk about our sky and how sometimes it is important to turn out the lights and wish upon a star. Recommended Age 3+Visit barnsleycivic.co.uk for details and tickets.- Pop-up cinema of dinosaur classics, Handmade CinemaWeston Park Museum – Sunday … [Read more...] about Half term activities in Sheffield and South Yorkshire
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By Edwin Heathcote There was always something a little odd about this corner of Chelsea, home to some of the world’s most desirable real estate, being mostly given over to the army. The Chelsea Hospital with its beautiful Christopher Wren building was one thing, but Chelsea Barracks with its two grim 1960s towers was always a striking eyesore. So perhaps it was inevitable that the Ministry of Defence sold it off in 2006 as a site for upmarket housing. At £959m, it was the UK’s biggest ever residential property deal. What on paper looked like a big but extremely commercial project turned out to be a complex, contested and difficult development. The first attempt, a design by RSH+P, was abandoned by developers Qatari Diar after local objections to the glass and steel blocks. Only now, 13 years after the site was sold, are the first signs appearing of what is effectively a new neighbourhood. This design has been a collaboration between architects Dixon Jones and Squire … [Read more...] about London’s Chelsea Barracks: a careful blend of classical and modern
Who’s on the move? Leathwaite Leathwaite, the global human capital specialist firm, announces that Dena Brumpton is to join its board as a non-executive director. With over 30 years’ experience as a senior financial services professional, most recently as chief executive for Barclays savings, investments and wealth management, Dena Brumpton is regarded as one of the leading women executives within financial services. Prior to her role at Barclays, Dena had a distinguished 30-year career at Citi where she held several senior leadership positions in asset management, corporate and investment banking and most recently private banking and wealth management, where she was global chief operating officer for the private bank. Dena has been recognised as a Top 25 ‘Women of Inspiration and Enterprise’ (2012) and a City Power Woman (2014), as well as being a member of Cancer Research’s UK Women of Influence Board (2013 to 2016). Blend Network Blend Network, a … [Read more...] about City moves for 15 January – who’s switching jobs at Leathwaite, Blend Markets and Quantexa?
Houman Barekat 12 January 2019 9:00 AM 12 January 2019 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Not Working: Why We Have to Stop Josh CohenGranta, pp.260, £14.99 As a boy Josh Cohen was passive, dopey and given to daydreaming. Now a practising psychoanalyst and a professor of literature with several books to his name, he retains ‘a long and deep intimacy with lassitude and aimlessness’. Cohen believes the special affection reserved for pop culture’s fictional slackers, slobs and reverists — think Jeff Lebowski, Homer Simpson, Snoopy — suggests that humans are fundamentally inclined towards idleness: people are ‘as much given to saying no as to saying yes, as much to rest as to motion, as much to being as to doing’. Not Working: Why We Have to Stop explores the relationship between inertia and the life of the mind by revisiting the lives and works of several giants from cultural history. It is a … [Read more...] about Make it a new year’s resolution to be less active
‘New year, new me’ might be just another January cliché, trotted out in a million vacuous Instagram posts, but there is at least some truth in it. While most of us are unlikely to stick to our new intense fitness regimes, veganuary diets and Dry January drinking habits for long, it's always a great time to broaden your horizons. London is the perfect place to try something for the first time and seek out fresh experiences — throw yourself into something new in 2019 with these off-piste pastimes. Tackle white water rafting Make a splash at the Lee Valley White Water Centre, taking on the course that played host to events at the 2012 Olympics. It’s an experience like no other in the city, and groups don’t have to head too far out of London to try it — the course is reachable via Waltham Cross station, around 45 mins from the city centre. Challenge yourself, get a little out your comfort zone and battle the … [Read more...] about Seven new activities to try out in London this January