Christopher Beanland writes about architecture, the arts and the media.
Chew on this: UCL exhibition showcases the men who swallowed everything from knives to balls of hair
22 March 2013 07:00 PM
A macabre new exhibition at University College London looks at the 18th-century “extraordinary eaters” who would gobble up things one should not at sideshows. “They challenged their bodies to cope with swallowed knives, keys or balls of hair,” says curator Sarah Chaney, from UCL's Centre for the History of Psychological Disciplines.
05 January 2013 12:00 AM
More Hollywood-friendly stars than ever are swapping screen for stage in 2013.
20 October 2012 12:00 AM
You might be having a bad hair day but you wouldn't give your hair much more thought than this. Yet hair is rich in cultural connotations.
04 October 2012 12:00 AM
The furniture store has opened the first part of its huge east London mini-city. But don't expect too many Billy bookcases
09 August 2012 12:00 AM
Some of the world's most famous buildings were – like much of the Olympic Park – not built to last. So why have they stayed put? Chris Beanland investigates.
21 July 2012 12:00 AM
24 February 2012 12:00 AM
To some, Robin Hood Gardens is an architectural treasure, to others, it's home. The local council wants to knock it down but resistance is fierce, as Chris Beanland discovers
25 January 2012 12:00 AM
The Icelandic star wants to educate as well as entertain
28 July 2011 12:00 AM
27 June 2011 12:00 AM
Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God'
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
President Putin is a dangerous psychopath - reason is not going to work with him
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign
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