London's housing boom is pushing businesses out of the West End, a leading commercial property advisor has warned.
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Sunday 30 March 2008
Sunday 09 March 2008
The game's up for this kind of who-you-know-not-what-you-know Shoreditch smack-rock. Alison "VV" Mosshart and Jamie "Hotel" Hince have been peddling designer dangerousness for the best part of a decade. ("I want you to be crazy cos you're boring baby when you're straight/You're stupid when you're safe" is a typical trying-too-hard-to-sound-sleazy line from 'Midnight Boom'.) "Last Day of Magic" is mildly reminiscent of Robert Palmer's "Looking for Clues", and that's as close as I can get to a positive. "M.E.X.I.C.O.C.U." is so offensively stylised and fake it makes you want to punch something.
Saturday 01 March 2008
It probably started with a little shop in Shoreditch. I always used to pop in there to have a look; they sold mostly Danish design, but one day they had a little coffee table by British company Ercol, from the Fifties, and a chair – what's now called a stacking chair – and I suddenly saw that style afresh. I grew up with it, but I remember realising how simple, elegant, quite modern and very well made it was. From then, I gradually started collecting good British design from that time. There was a house clearance shop that I used to drive past when I had a studio in Battersea, and I'd always immediately recognise a piece of furniture from that era. And because I'm associated with British design, this appreciation seems somehow appropriate.
Sunday 24 February 2008
Tuesday 12 February 2008
To his critics, his consistency is condemned as predictability. To his fans – and there are many of them, both of the ladies-who-lunch variety and from the designers at Debenhams, budget-conscious stable – Jasper Conran is the ever-reliable provider of classic, timeless style.
Sunday 13 January 2008
Sunday 13 January 2008
Sunday 06 January 2008
The first big restaurant opening of 2008 comes from Francesco Mazzei, last seen as the launch chef at St Alban, the follow-up to The Wolesley from Jeremy King and Chris Corbin.
Sunday 08 October 2006
With a movie coming out and a tattered reputation to mend following his drunken anti-Semitic tirade this summer, Mel Gibson is embarking on a renewed charm offensive.
Friday 22 September 2006
Monday 29 May 2006
Friday 15 July 2005
Sunday 18 April 2004
Monday 17 November 2003
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