When disasters strike, people need accurate, useful information, fast. The media can play a powerful role here. And although the world has seen a major shift away from traditional platforms towards social media, for millions of people a far older technology can still provide a lifeline in disasters.
As a theatre director my job is to capture people's attention, fire up their imagination, get them seeing the world in new ways. And I know a lot of other artists who can also do this. We decided to try and bring these people together - friends and colleagues - to harness their creativity and star power in the fight against TTIP.
Do I think I've given myself too much pressure? Yes and no. We all need a certain amount of pressure, and even stress, otherwise nothing would get done; we'd still be sitting on our prehistoric behinds, grunting at each other while sharpening our spears.
Everywhere we turn there are now ghastly wooden hoardings hiding muddy open cast mines digging deep under Soho or ripped plastic flapping in the wind half attached to steel scaffolding holding up a beautiful façade and nothing else.
Of course, James "Arg" Argent should have been counting his blessings that he was so hopeless he managed to leave the competition unharmed. The fact he was taking part at exactly the same time as appearing in Sugar Free Farm couldn't have been easy.
Together Avedon's and Warhol's works weave together a tapestry of a time that was the height of pop culture. This was the era when legends were born and icons were made.
These pair are pretty much my new favourite people. The lion is an animal known for its unpredictable ferocity and has inspired generations of sartorialist's for serving some wildlife realness. A Babe . . . well, go figure
Everywhere I turn there are headlines and social media viral videos about race. Seminars and panels about race. Outrage about race. Debate about race. Riots and protests about race.
A Bigger Splash,' Luca Guadagnino's stylish remake of Jacques Deray's 'La Piscine' (1969) sees emotional wounds laid bare as the privileged play dark games - 'Concussion' timidly tip toes along with little insight into a story of corporate power, corruption and greed in the world of American football.
The most memorable literary event I've ever attended was held at an art gallery in London. I'd been a judge for some writers' awards. It was a black tie event so everyone was dressed up to the nines.
Every Briton needs an escape. Some find it on nightclub floors. Others find it amongst the foliage and greenery of public parks. For recluses, the library is our escape. It's our home. It's where we feel comfortable. It is as close to a utopia as we have ever found and we will always, albeit reluctantly, fight for that utopia.
Now the train-tracks and copper-dyed hair (thank you, Sun-in) have gone, my luck has improved, but my feelings for holiday have not. Even in a relationship, I feel there's an impending sense of disappointment. This Valentine's I've created a fool-proof list of non-cliché things to do for both singles and lovers...so you won't have to suffer the same pain.
I am glad that Helen's story on The Archers has highlighted the controlling dynamic of domestic violence. I hope women listening, who may be in similar situations, recognise Rob's tactics and reach out to an organisation like Refuge.
Having been a fan of Dynamo's by a long time and bewitched by his amazing live shows, it truly was a pleasure to be able to incorporate his skill for illusion and my experience as a designer to come together and create something truly unique and experimental.
This is a fascinating exhibition. And it's interesting that even when you set aside the hyperbole and examine the man's work, you still find yourself a little in awe of this man who blended his radical thinking with a prodigious talent. He really was a one-off.
Last weekend I watched, and loved, The Big Short, a film based on the book of the same name by Michael Lewis, which describes a group of disparate outsiders who each spotted the colossal financial malfeasance which gave rise to the banking and housing crisis of 2008. The writer-director Adam McKay manages to create a hilarious, sharp, clear and compelling movie, all the more impressive given that the subject matter is, frankly, pretty dry and horrendously complex - riddled with acronyms and nuanced money manipulations in identikit boardrooms.
Do those guys really want all that stuff? They've probably got the best vibrators money can buy, boobs to die for and been on all the top walking tours already. Also another goody bag? Just add it to the super massive, awards season pile.