A controversial fixer for arms deals linked to an alleged corruption scandal that engulfed Nicolas Sarkozy has been refused entry to Britain.
Holland Park (London)
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Monday 12 August 2013
The thirst for polka dots and floral prints has pushed sales at “yummy mummy” accessories and homewares chain Cath Kidston past the £100 million mark for the first time, the firm said today.
Sunday 28 July 2013
The first British staging since 1926 of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's mafiosi opera takes the crown for lurid incident and spectacle
Friday 26 July 2013
The action is grittier, the stakes (and skirts) raised higher, and the orchestral noises louder than anything else of its time: if Puccini’s realist operas are verismo then Wolf-Ferrari’s 1911 I gioielli della Madonna is verissimo.
Wednesday 26 June 2013
Powered by some of the lushest arias and duets in the canon, Bizet’s pearl-fishers have become synonymous with Oriental chic. But one could argue – as Penny Woolcock did in her 2010 production for ENO – that this opera’s ‘savage’ backdrop has more relevance today than it did in 1863.
Friday 21 June 2013
Watch the videos below for a taster of some of the outdoor events taking place this summer:
Tuesday 21 May 2013
Annual house price increases in England were driven by a 7.6% rise in London and a 3.3% increase in the South East
Wednesday 08 May 2013
Significant regional differences around the UK still apparent
Monday 22 April 2013
In his latest dispatch, Michael Volpe reveals how music is crucial to Alice
Thursday 04 April 2013
Greece has sold the luxurious British home of its former consul for £23.3m in a bid to reduce its mountain of public debt.
Friday 01 March 2013
Do you have to be a diva to take on Tosca?
Sunday 27 January 2013
At least, that's what Michael Winner hoped it would be worth. That now looks unlikely
Monday 21 January 2013
The first of a monthly report from Michael Volpe on the trials of staging a show
Wednesday 18 July 2012
Wednesday 18 July 2012
Ab Fab's Olympics special trails behind Twenty Twelve
Tuesday 10 July 2012
Stag beetles, bats and rainy days are among the many hazards of outdoor performances, says Michael Volpe, of Opera Holland Park
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