Notting Hill Carnival 2019 highlights – What you need to know if you are planning a visit with and without kids

Aug 04 2019

I recently attended the showcase party for Notting Hill Carnival 2019 and I can now reveal that this year the two-day event will be better than ever before. Here are the highlights of what you need to know if you are planning a visit with and without kids. The world’s second biggest carnival and Europe’s largest street event, Notting Hill Carnival 2019 will – for an incredible 53rd time – be taking place in Notting Hill on the August Bank Holiday weekend. UK’s biggest celebration of culture, diversity and inclusivity, it will once again be full of vibrant colours, incredible music, dancing and delicious food. As is tradition, Panorama, the UK’s biggest and most important Steel Pan Competition takes place on the evening that precedes Carnival at Emslie Horniman Pleasance Park.

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Chatting Via Satellite and Friends with rock legends The Rembrandts

Jul 29 2019

In my very exciting journalistic career, I have had the pleasure to interview Phil Solem. This name might not ring a bell but you certainly know his work. He is the co-founder of the band The Rembrandts, the pop-rock duo of multi-instrumentalists and songwriters (Phil Solem and Danny Wilde) who co-wrote the effervescent hit TV song, I’ll Be There For Youin the early 90’s for global phenomena sitcom Friends. There are probably very few people on the planet who can’t sing the chorus, a pleasant ear worm that harks back to happy times of the long running series and multiple re runs! For Phil Solem and Danny Wilde, that song is just one small chapter in a friendship and creative relationship spanning four decades, two bands, four studio albums, two greatest hits records, and a catalogue brimming with smart, well-wrought pop gems.

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Things to do in London: V&A Museum of Childhood Festival of Play, Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 July 2019

Jul 17 2019

This weekend, the V&A Museum of Childhood is running the Festival of Play – Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 July 2019, as part of the 100 year celebrations for Montessori teaching in the UK.

Montessori St Nicholas is running outdoor games at the Festival of Play – Maria Montessori was a pioneering influencer who identified early on that children can learn by doing. Play based learning is part of her holistic approach that has continues to influence contemporary education. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), children spend 90% of their time in doors. Montessori St Nicholas believes that should change, with children encouraged to learn by engaging with nature – and about where food comes from. 

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