What To Do, See & Buy: Circusfest; Platter app; Acne; Aram Store; Bluebell Walks
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 31 March 2012
Roll up, roll up
Guinean street-dance troupe Cirque Mandinge and scary clown Scottee star at Circusfest, which gathers gymnastic and unusual talent from around the world for a five-week, big-top-style extravaganza, until 29 April at the Roundhouse in Camden, London. Roundhouse.org.uk/circusfest
Share your food
Perfect both for gastronomic show-offs and recipe-hungry cooks alike, Platter is a new free app that lets you share photos of your foodie creations – and get inspiration from other users' dishes. Cook, tag, then tweet. Platter's Twitter feed is @Platterhq
Build your own gallery
Think art collecting is only for the super-rich? Get in on the act with a competition to win a £5,000 starter collection, including works by Jamie Reid, Helmut Newton and Dave White. Culturelabel.com/win
The 2012 Acne capsule collection has a twist: the womenswear-only range features favourites by the Swedish label from over the years – all reinterpreted in white. The 20 pieces, which start at £70 for a T-shirt, include denim, silk separates and iridescent leather. Available from mid-April at Acne shops as well as Net-A-Porter, Selfridges and Liberty in London. Acnestudios.com
Take a seat
Good news for chair fetishists: the Aram Store has just re-released a 1957 design classic, Hans J Wenger's CH33, which was produced by Danish manufacturer Carl Hansen (hence the name). Choose from beech or oak, with an oiled, soaped or stained finish. £440, aram.co.uk
Tangled up in blue
April marks the beginning of the bluebell season: from now until June, our fields and forests turn violet and indigo – so get out on one of the Ramblers' dedicated Bluebell Walks, anywhere in Britain from the Isle of Wight to Aylesbury. Ramblers.org.uk/walkthemes/bluebells
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- 4 Frankie Boyle on Scottish independence: 'In the Interests of Unity, F**k Off'
- 5 How to gain confidence and maximise your sexual potential
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