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Mankind has been shaping clay for “greater than 12,000 years”, stated Emma Crichton-Miller within the FT. We now have used it to create every part from bricks and instruments to ornaments, and the materials bears a heavy “metaphorical load”: it even performs a key position in…

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Theatregoers may have no hassle getting their festive repair of A Christmas Carol this yr, stated Mark Lawson in The Guardian. By some counts there’ll be 9 stagings in London alone. The perennial recognition of Dickens’s 1843 story clearly “reassures playhouse accountants jittery about blows to…

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This “pitch-black” comedy-drama was written by the much-celebrated playwright Jez Butterworth, and it’s by no means unhealthy, stated Barbara Ellen in The Observer. James Corden stars as Jamie, a number one chef whose world falls aside when he learns that his spouse Amandine (Melia Kreiling) is having…

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Because the UK singles chart celebrates its seventieth birthday this week questions have been raised over its modern-day relevance. “As soon as a key a part of British life”, stated Sky Information, with the weekly radio countdown to the coveted No.1 occupying its “as soon as unmissable…

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Playful enjoyable is the aesthetic of Mama Shelter Shoreditch, the London outpost of a sequence with branches in 13 cities from Los Angeles to Luxembourg. That is made evident as quickly as you enter – the foyer sports activities brilliant clashing colors, a retro arcade…

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The usually serene galleries of Somerset Home have been “disrupted by a cacophony of ominous sounds and nightmarish shapes”, mentioned Vicky Jessop within the London Night Normal. The occasion shouldn’t be some belated Halloween social gathering; it’s an uncommon new exhibition that charts the methods…

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Labour might revive its Blair-era coverage of ID playing cards for all UK residents in a bid to trace how many individuals there are within the nation and scale back unlawful immigration. Shadow immigration minister Stephen Kinnock informed Instances Radio an identification scheme was being…

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Fisherman’s Mates might be described as the last word “buoyband”, mentioned Dominic Cavendish in The Day by day Telegraph – a bunch of grizzled Cornish fishermen who miraculously netted a £1m report deal and stormed the charts in 2010 with an album of time-honoured sea…

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“Hold on to your orbs and put together as soon as extra for the spectre of the poisoned sceptre,” stated Jan Moir within the Every day Mail: “The Crown is again.” Starring a entire new forged, the fifth season of the Netflix hit covers the years 1992…

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If tales of the previous are your bag, the podcast has confirmed to be a effective platform for each historic deep dives and retrospective digestible nibbles. “There’s, let’s be trustworthy, a variety of historical past on the market,” mentioned Time Out, and podcast explorations of…

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Bullying in Westminster is again within the highlight after Gavin Williamson give up amid claims that he informed a senior civil servant to “slit your throat” whereas he was defence secretary and “intentionally demeaned and intimidated” employees. The allegations adopted a report in The Sunday Instances reported…