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August 4 2016 5 04 /08 /August /2016 07:09
Dresses worn by Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret to the coronation of their parents.
Dresses worn by Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret to the coronation of their parents.

Very interesting and beautiful exhibition forms part of the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace.

The show features dresses from The Queen's wardrobe including the dresses worn by the young Princess Elizabeth and her sister Margaret to their parents coronation.

The Queen's wedding dress and her coronation robe, both designed by Sir Norman Hartnell, are shown together for the first time ever.

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April 27 2015 2 27 /04 /April /2015 08:12

My book is finished.

 

My book is called Ride the Rocket - Toronto Enabled. As the title implies - it's about Toronto.Product Details

 

 

Written over several visits, this is a family book - a humorous travelogue about a serious subject – disabled access to Toronto’s tourist attractions.

It’s also about family – meeting newly-discovered family and exploring the city with them.

It’s also about the differences between our languages – English and English. Yes, there are huge differences, and these differences led us into many humorous situations.

My main reason for writing Ride the Rocket is because so many travel guides show the wheelchair accessibility symbol. However, when you arrive at a tourist attraction you sometimes get in through the front door only to discover parts of the attraction, often the best bits, are not accessible.

I have explored Toronto through disabled eyes. I’m qualified to do so because of major spinal injury that forced me to use a wheelchair for a short time so I saw just how easy, or how difficult, things can be for disabled visitors. I have to tell you that Toronto comes out extremely well especially with the amount of help Torontonians offer disabled visitors, either wheelchair users or anyone requiring just a little extra help.

 

 

Ride the Rocket - Toronto Enabled, is self-published and available in paperback and e-book format through Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and Lulu.com.

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December 28 2013 7 28 /12 /December /2013 18:04

 

 

 

After a heavy meal do you really want a heavy dessert? Here are some alternative gluten-free fruit-based desserts with fresh, fruity flavours.

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December 24 2013 3 24 /12 /December /2013 10:50

Just having a change from reviewing books and art galleries.

 

I needed a gluten-free alternative to Christmas Pudding and Mince Pies and started thinking about what I could do with fruit and booze.  The result is Five Gluten-free Fruit Desserts Infused with Alcohol

 

Go check it out - if you like what you see, and would like to write for Infobarrel.com, contact me through the comment box and I'll send you my referral code so that you can sign up..

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December 23 2013 2 23 /12 /December /2013 10:37

 

Propaganda: Power and Persuasion by David Welch is a British Library publication released to coincide with one of their superb exhibitions.

 

The author explains how different governments around the world have influenced the actions of the population since ancient times. More than 100 illustrations provide a valuable insight into state propaganda machinery, its shortfalls and efficiencies.

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November 26 2013 3 26 /11 /November /2013 19:44

 

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The Mikado - Costume Sketch by Angus Jacobs

 

 

 

Sedos - the Stock Exchange Dramatic and Operatic Society -  presents Hot Mikado - a musical comedy based on Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado. Snappy rhythms, Fosse-type dance routines and fabulous costumes make this an exciting not-to-be-missed production.  Read more at Hot Mikado Just Got Hotter!

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November 24 2013 1 24 /11 /November /2013 09:23

 

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The British Library has some of the world's finest and most important medieval Hebrew manuscripts including the magnificently illuminated North French Miscellany. Read about the manuscript's fascinating history, its beautiful illustrations and its complex and highly skilled calligraphy in this article published on Infobarrel. Every page is a work of art in its own right. The images demonstrate great skill and a fine sense of humour.

 

Thanks to a collaboration between the British Library and London publishers Facsimile Editions a limited edition facsimile has been produced thus allowing many more museums to display copies and increase awareness of this wonderful manuscript.

 

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November 21 2013 5 21 /11 /November /2013 10:46

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Contemporary Art in London - Autumn Bliss

 

Paintings by Kyosuke Tchinai and sculptures by Katusha Ostroumoff Bull are on display at Gallery Elena Shchukina, London's newest art space.

 

This free exhibition, entitled Autumn Bliss, can be seen at Gallery Elena Shchukina from 22nd November 2013 to 25th January 2014.

 

 

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November 19 2013 3 19 /11 /November /2013 09:38

 

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Contemporary Japanese art comes to London.

 

Twentyfive paintings by Kyosuke Tchinai are on display at Gallery Elena Shchukina, the capital's newest and most unusual art space.

 

Tchinai combines elements of modern western art with traditional Japanese styles to create paintings that seem to hover between the imaginary world and the real world.

 

This free exhibition, entitled Autumn Bliss Kyosuke Tchinai, can be seen at Gallery Elena Shchukina from 22nd November 2013 to 25th January 2014.

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November 17 2013 1 17 /11 /November /2013 15:25

Foreign Bodies, Common Ground is a fascinating exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, London's free exhibition centre.  

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The show presents the responses of artists to medical research projects carried out by the Wellcome Trust and it's absolutely fascinating. The research projects range from research into the spread of malaria to the transmission of animal diseases to humans.

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