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Kathryn Johnson Reviews ‘The Quintinshill Conspiracy’ by Jack Anthony Richards and Adrian Searle

The Quintinshill Conspiracy: The Shocking True Story Behind Britain’s Worst Rail Disaster By Jack Anthony Richards and Adrian Searle Pen and Sword Books (Oct 2013) On 22nd May 1915, the greatest railway tragedy this country has ever seen occurred at a remote signal box just outside Gretna Green. Perhaps the greater tragedy, as Jack Richards’ and Adrian Searle’s fascinating “The …

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BBC Commissions Laurel and Hardy Biopic

BBC has commissioned a Laurel and Hardy biopic to be made by The Weinstein Company. The 90 minute film will be called Stan and Ollie and is to be made in association with BBC’s in-house comedy unit and Lookout Point. The film is written by Lucan and Mrs Biggs screenwriter Jeff Pope and will follow the story of the duo’s infamous 1953 UK tour. …

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Lucan Drama – Exclusive Interview With Chris Clough

On 7th November 1974, 29 year old nanny, Sandra Rivett, was bludgeoned to death with a piece of bandaged lead pipe in the basement kitchen of the Lucan family home in Belgravia. Shortly afterwards John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan, disappeared. Almost four decades later, ITV is set to shine a light on the crime that shook the 20th century with a …

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Confiscation Cabinets at the V&A Museum of Childhood

Confiscation Cabinets is a display of artefacts gleaned from 150 different London primary and secondary schools over three decades by artist and teacher Guy Tarrant. The objects include homemade games, keepsakes, cult toys, weapons and other forbidden objects which characterise the flotsam and jetsam of contemporary school children. The objects highlight the mischievous and distracted behaviours often played out in …

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Hot Chocolate: Dr Matthew Green Discovers “The Drink of the Gods”…

Historical media company Unreal City Audio have teamed up with purveyor of luxury flavoured chocolate Cocoa Hernando to produce an immersive whirlwind tour of the decadent chocolate houses of Georgian London over the weekend of the London Chocolate Festival at the South Bank Centre. Set amidst the luxury shops, mighty townhouses and royal palaces of Mayfair and St James’s, this …

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BBC’s Great Train Robbery

BBC is set to air two new films from writer Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch) that tell the story behind The Great Train Robbery. 50 years on, it is still one of the most infamous heists in British history and these new films unravel both the robber’s tale and the copper’s tale. You can see Chris Chibnall interviewed here: Veteran actor Jim …

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REBECCA RIDEAL REVIEWS ‘BEASTLY LONDON’ BY HANNAH VELTEN

Beastly London: A History of Animals in the City By Hannah Velten Reaktion Books In 1900 there were an estimated 200,000-700,000 working horses in London. In 1947 the Ministry of Transport banned all horse-drawn vehicles from using major London routes in peak traffic hours. The world changed fast and we forgot. Until very recently, London was not just packed with …

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Dr Joanne Paul on the plight of St Pancras Old Church

Dr Joanne Paul discusses the campaign to save St Pancras Old Church The Church’s Appeals Project is seeking to raise £350, 000 that is needed to carry out essential repairs on the Grade II* listed church, one of the oldest in London. The church is home to an altar stone dating from the 7th century, the Grade I listed Sir John Soane monument …

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Politics, Patronage and Prostitution: The Experiences of Medieval Women

EVENT – Politics, Patronage and Prostitution: The Experiences of Medieval Women Thursday 3rd April – Sunday 6th April 2014 Christ Church, Oxford is offering a unique chance to explore the experiences of women during the medieval period. Despite the undeniable dominance of a patriarchal view in the medieval world and the lack of an independent legal identity for women, the …

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JAMES TAYLOR REVIEWS ‘CHURCHILL AND THE KING’ BY KENNETH WEISBRODE

Churchill and the King: The Wartime Alliance of Winston Churchill and George VI By Kenneth Weisbrode Viking In the spring of 1940, the Phoney War came to an abrupt end. Under the alarming assault of the Blitzkrieg offensive, Hitler’s army invaded Norway, Denmark, Belgium, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands in quick succession, and the countries of Western Europe fell with …

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