What To Do, See & Buy: The Midcentury Show; Alexander McQueen; Clifford Richards; Blank London; Tamara Taichman
Charlotte Philby is a writer at The Independent with a weekly column on motherhood in The Independent Magazine. She was shortlisted for the 2013 Cudlipp award for excellence in popular journalism for her undercover investigative work, and writes for various cultural magazines.
Saturday 12 May 2012
It's not just cricket! On 27 May, The Midcentury Show takes over Lords in St John's Wood, with a showcase of classic design from across the world. Look out for vintage Italian furniture salvaged from a cruise ship. Modernshows.com
McQueen fans, diaries out. From 16 May, for one week only, head to net-a-porter.com to pre-order nine looks from McQ's first-ever runway collection (including this perfect spring dress). Excited? Just a bit.
Art imitating life
What a line-up. Clifford Richards' limited-edition print, A Mad Tea-Party, unites some of Britain's best-loved cultural characters – from Grayson Perry to Heston Blumenthal. £175, vandashop.com
You'll be the toast of the town with this edible Breakfast Express from Blank London, a new online boutique serving up a tasty array of fashion and lifestyle pieces. £19.95, blank-london.com
Bags of charm
What happens if you cross Tamara Taichman of Gallic brand Tila March with the archives of late interiors king David Hicks? These glorious handbags, of course, from £200. At liberty.co.uk from June
Tea for two
What better couple to invite to your Jubilee garden party than these rather handsome royal gnomes? They're friendly, amenable, and eminently affordable. £12.98 each or £20 for the pair, B&Q, 0845 850 0175
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 Christmas comes early to Hong Kong, as millions of bank notes spill out onto busy street
- 3 Antonio Martin shooting: Police and protesters clash over teenager's death just five miles from Ferguson, Missouri
- 4 Northern Lights above Britain: Stunning Aurora Borealis illuminates Northumberland sky on Christmas Eve
- 5 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Christmas Day TV guide 2014: What to watch from Strictly Come Dancing to the story of Frozen
Felicity Jones on being Stephen Hawking's wife in The Theory of Everything: 'I didn't want her to be a saint'
Best underrated Christmas movies: From Trading Places to While You Were Sleeping
Game of Thrones season five: First preview clip shows a beardy Tyrion, a moody Cersei and a distressed Arya
The Interview is finally released after Sony hack and terror threats – but reviews of North Korea satire are mixed
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food