I think that while the cliche "Don't judge a book by its cover" is well-intentioned and may certainly be true when referring to people, it is bullsh*t when referring to actual books.
Communication's completed a huge curve of development and returned to a medium that drives brevity and encourages short cuts, leaving little room for chatty content. That said, it's become an art from that's produced some classic tweets that come close to Hemingway's famous, poignant six-word story: "Baby shoes for sale, never worn."
Last Wednesday I went on a date. I put on too much make up, then took most of it off. I tried on knee high boots before deciding they made me look like a low rent version of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. By the time I ran, breathless, for the tube I'd pretty much metamorphosed into Mary Whitehouse.
Who wanted to be Lizzie Bennet? Not me, aged 10, that's for sure. I wanted to be elder sister Jane, who was beautiful and good. She thought the best of everyone, even when Miss Bingley was being a total cow. Even then, I felt dimly, this was going to be beyond me, and therefore something to aspire to.
Whilst working on this project, I've found opera to be quite similar to pop music, especially within the subject matter it covers. Giacomo Puccini's, La Rondine, which we're reinterpreting, is a case in point encapsulating many types of love, and a lot of pop music involves that.
There are two problems with Pride and Prejudice.
No one ever asked Jane Austen whom she'd pick to play Mr. Darcy in the movies. May I weigh in?
Matthew MacFadyen was a great Darcy. Possibly the best I've ever seen.
This month we learned that 21 Albemarle Street in Mayfair, London, the home of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, is being considered for sale to a developer. This has sparked a row. Why should rational scientist be so nostalgic and sentimental about a building?
It's the funniest of all of Austen's novels
When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle decided to try his hand at writing detective stories, he was determined that chance would play little or no role in the solution of the crime. Sherlock Holmes would reason his way to the answer using both old and new forensic methods.
For the past two years I've been an arts journalist, writing about everything from classical ballet to wildly abstract modern dance. But I've never had any actual hands-on dancing experience myself, and thought it was about time I got some.
Nikola became interested in abstracting our own reality after moving to London and graduating from St Martin's College of Art and Design a decade ago.
Burns Night is an occasion for us to not only celebrate the life of our favourite son, Robert Burns, but an opportunity to acknowledge, embrace and enjoy all things Scottish. For me, it can only be one thing: whisky.
Street photography can be enjoyable way of exploring a destination while you travel. It can also help you get away from touristy attractions to experience 'real life' in the places you visit.
Public art, specifically, has always provided humanity with a direct line through history, allowing us to connect with spirits of past generations. From classic structures like France's Arc de Triomphe to Robert Indiana's cherished contemporary LOVE sculptures.