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Archive for the month “September, 2013”

Today’s Poem

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Ursula O’Reilly Traynor‘s insight:

We love Poems on the Underground. You sit there. You stare . You look up. You read a poem above someone’s head. You are transported. You leave the tube carriage In a better state of mind. 

This week: CASA Latin America Festival

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Join us for seven outstanding plays from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Ecuador. Discover exciting new work from UK-based Latin American theatre-makers, artists and musicians. Participate in a stunning range of talks, workshops and community events.


Ursula O’Reilly Traynor‘s insight:

Just the vibrancy, warmth and passion London needs right now!  



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Today @ 6: ROH event with Stephen Fry and Alan Davies to be live-streamed through Twitter

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Stephen Fry and Alan Davies watching The Royal Opera’s Simon Boccanegra © ROH/Tom Nelson, 2013



In an exciting world first, The Science of Opera with Stephen Fry and Alan Davies will be streamed live exclusively through Twitter from the Royal Opera House as part of the Deloitte Ignite festival. The event will see a team of medical scientists from Imperial College London discovering what happens inside us when we go to the opera. Opera lover Stephen Fry took his friend, Royal Opera virgin and QI panellist Alan Davies, to the Royal Opera House. They were hooked up with the latest medical gadgetry to record the physical effects on their bodies of watching Verdi’s political masterpiece Simon Boccanegra. 

The Science of Opera promises some landmark medical discoveries as well as answering some key questions; was Alan Davies won over by opera? Did Stephen Fry get shivers down the spine during the show? Did either of them fall asleep? And what could opera do to you?


Stephen Fry said, ‘I am thrilled that we are able to use vast reach of Twitter to reach so many people with this live streaming. Hopefully by the end of the evening Alan won’t be the only person persuaded to try opera for the first time.’

You can tune into the event by following @RoyalOperaHouse, @stephenfry or @alandavies1 from 6pm (BST) on Sunday 29 September and share your thoughts with the hashtag #DeloitteIgnite.

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Japanese Artist’s Awe-Inspiring Balancing Act

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Beyond the Last Lamp by Thomas Hardy

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Beyond the Last Lamp

Thomas Hardy


(Near Tooting Common)



















While rain, with eve in partnership,

Descended darkly, drip, drip, drip,

Beyond the last lone lamp I passed

Walking slowly, whispering sadly,

Two linked loiterers, wan, downcast:

Some heavy thought constrained each face,

And blinded them to time and place.



The pair seemed lovers, yet absorbed

In mental scenes no longer orbed

By love’s young rays.

Each countenance

As it slowly, as it sadly

Caught the lamplight’s yellow glance

Held in suspense a misery

At things which had been or might be.


When I retrod that watery way

Some hours beyond the droop of day,

Still I found pacing there the twain

Just as slowly, just as sadly,

Heedless of the night and rain.

One could but wonder who they were

And what wild woe detained them there.



Though thirty years of blur and blot

Have slid since I beheld that spot,

And saw in curious converse there

Moving slowly, moving sadly

That mysterious tragic pair,Its olden look may linger on –

All but the couple; they have gone.
Whither? Who knows, indeed . . . And yet

To me, when nights are weird and wet,

Without those comrades there at tryst

Creeping slowly, creeping sadly,

That lone lane does not exist.

There they seem brooding on their pain.

And will, while such a lane remain.


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This weekend: Kings Place Festival 2013

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With over 100 eclectic events picked from the very best of our broad music and arts programme, there is no better way to explore London’s newest independent venue than the Kings Place Festival 2013. Enjoy a year’s worth of shows in just 3 days.

Ursula O’Reilly Traynor‘s insight:

One of my favourite London venues is hosting a party this weekend. Okay, a festival. Its canal side location has a variety of events on offer, sure to be something there to please everyone. It’s also close to Caravan and Grain Store if you want to stroll over for something to eat.

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A Peek At How London Taxis Actually Get Made

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The uniquely British cab is being built in the UK again.

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Ursula O’Reilly Traynor‘s insight:

Just playing with my new discovery!  Pixir Express+ is a free photo editing  app available for the iPad and probably for iPhone too .. love it already!



Thursday night in

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Starting on Thursday the 12th of September at 9pm is BBC Two’s not-to-be-missed new drama starring Cillian Murphy, Peaky Blinders…

Ursula O’Reilly Traynor‘s insight:

Starring the brill Cill, the Kilburn-based Irish actor, this series should be an Autumn knockout.

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Local Film: Shepperton, Ballardland.

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Made as a distraction from the aftermath of that most intimate, science-fictional, parasexual & suburban of experiences: root canal treatment.

Ursula O’Reilly Traynor‘s insight:

Delightful film from Balham-based filmmaker David Mudford.

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