What To Do, See & Buy: Searching for Sugar Man; The Best of R Crumb; Peyton & Byrne's café; Global Feast
Charlotte Philby is a writer and reporter at The Independent, currently based on the news desk after six years on the Saturday magazine. She has been shortlisted for the 2013 Cudlipp award for excellence in popular journalism for an undercover investigative into a website offering students up to £15,000 in return for sex. She has also written for cultural magazines including Dazed & Confused and NYLON and contributed to several books, among them a biography of French street artist Blek Le Rat. A mother and born-and-bred Londoner, she spends most of her free time working on her first crime fiction novel.
Saturday 14 July 2012
Out of Africa
Searching for Sugar Man – Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul's glorious documentary following two South Africans on the search for Seventies one-hit-wonder Rodriguez – is touching, beautiful and as gripping as any fairy tale. It also offers an extraordinary insight into the workings of apartheid. Out in the UK on 27 July
There is nothing quite like a proper satchel for transporting your worldy goods, and British heritage brand Tusting's briefcase-style, orange-weave Quinton model ticks all the boxes. Hand-tanned leather, plenty of pockets for all your bits, detachable shoulder strap and red lining. Hell yes. £285, tusting.co.uk
His dark materials
The Best of R Crumb, Volumes 7-12 is just that, showcasing the genius comic book illustrator's finest work from 1982-2011. For the dedicated Crumb-ites among you… Edition limited to 1,000 signed copies, £650, taschen.com
Make a house a home
Made.com is full of heavily-discounted furnishings to make your home look pretty, like their fab new Doble chairs from John Stefanidis, whose elegant proportions are inspired by chic hotel style. In various colours, including poppy red and graphite. £149 each, made.com
The art of cake
A sponge cake in the shape of a heart? Yes, please. For £10, a cream and whole strawberry-filled treat is yours, along with as much tea as two people can drink, at Peyton & Byrne's café at London's Royal Academy, 3pm to 5pm every day. The perfect thing for a super-sweet first date – or a post- Summer Exhibition pick-me-up. Peytonandbyrne.co.uk
If the Olympics isn't your cuppa, perhaps Global Feast can fill the gap. For 20 nights, the Old Town Hall in Stratford promises to take diners on a culinary world tour. Each evening, 80 guests will chow down on the finest foreign fare – 'curated' by the likes of Ms Marmite Lover – inside a giant, wraparound model of Planet Earth. Eat your heart out, Opening Ceremony. From 25 July, globalfeast2012.com
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