Comic book fans and Marvel aficionados will rejoice this weekend at the official release of Marvel’s Doctor Strange starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Read why London Mums loved it and explain why it’s a movie for grown ups and not for young children.
Paul Young talks about the Magic 80s & bringing his stretchy pants back for his 80s Invasion Tour 2017Oct 25 2016
As a girl brought up in the 80s, I am a natural fan of Londoner Paul Young (born in Luton) like all my friends in the same 40+ age group. I still remember when a group of us dressed up with a shiny red body top and neon leg warmers prepared for a dance show at school along the tune Love of the Common People which in 1983 was a big hit. When I recently talked to Paul Young, now 60, he gave me the impression to be a nice naturally shy guy who does not particularly like the limelight. At his most famous back in the mid-Eighties, for several years Paul Young was one of the most famous solo artists in the UK and considered to be a heart-throb. 33 years after his first chart hit, he has gone back to his soulful roots in his latest album, Good Thing, which is a collection of classic soul covers.
Although we may think that he has disappeared from the public eye, Paul has never stopped touring the world with his band Los Pacaminos, which he founded 20 years ago as a hobby.
7+ entrance exams are becoming a school admissions route for more and more families, particularly those applying for academically selective independent schools incorporating a senior school. Once in the school, children may still be examined at 11+ and will need to meet the school’s required standards, but they often have a more straightforward transition into the senior school than those applying from outside. This new approach from parents has been prompted by competition for selective senior school places which continues to intensify and has also led to competition at 7+ becoming increasingly fierce.
Future Films Heads Up: Johnny Depp returns in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: SALAZAR’S REVENGE (out on 26 May 2017) – New Teaser trailerOct 22 2016
Johnny Depp returns to the big screen in May 2017 as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge. My first impression from the first teaser trailer is that the film is a lot darker than previous Pirates of the Caribbean films. Having said that though, in the trailer we don’t see Jack / Depp’s character who usually is the one bringing the humour and fun to these movies.
Children’s book tour turns into a London-wide competition backed by educational prizes offered by major London kids brandsOct 21 2016
A book tour during which Francesca Lombardo, the author of London-inspired book series Beatrice and the London Bus, presented her books and ran drawing workshops across 10 Southwark schools and three libraries turns into a real life experience with prizes offered to schools which won the drawing competition by major family brands (Coca – Cola, London Eye, The London Transport Museum, KidZania, The Classic Tour).
The book series spin off events and workshops are also now part of a sister educational project called London meets its children which aims to help London children engage with their city.
I am personally very pleased to hear that STUDIOCANAL has started principal photography for Paul King’s highly anticipated PADDINGTON 2. The first live action Paddington movie was really lovely and hugely successful on top of being a London film. The producers have also revealed that Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson will join the all-star returning cast of Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin with Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington and Imelda Staunton as Aunt Lucy.