As a result, A Small Family Business very much seems a play of its time. It doesn't shed any light on our society today. It's not helped by the fact that the whole production is set in the 1980s with plenty of permed hair and shoulder pads.
Double acts might be easy to name in the worlds of comedy or music, even in film, but in the visual arts the myth tends to run more to trouble than double.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier is the first comprehensive exhibition of the work of this celebrated enfant terrible of fashion. And it is a vast, extraordinary exhibition full of iconic celebrity pieces and sexually provocative fashion.
Money is the dirty word in the Art World. Damien Hirst is constantly being criticised for making too much money. He has sold out as many people would say. However, no artist is being criticised for making too little or virtually zero
I'd fallen into a little pit of minor despair, (a big black hole, couldn't move), all energy had gone and I was feeling a bit hopeless, thank goodness a quick trip to the Smoke revived me. I walked lots, covered quite a few miles, squashed lots of errands into a few hours, it was nice to be back 'home' in the city with my boy, all be it briefly.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk does exactly what it says on the designer label - it's a retrospective showing the accomplished style journey of the French, avant-garde couturier and his many inspirations. And it is HUGE. From start to finish this show is all killer, no filler.
I am collected in Milan by my host who greets me eagerly and enthusiastically even though we have never met before. I have a sudden rush of English reserve and withdraw mildly.
I sat down at the front of the bus and began reading. I'd learned that sitting near the bus driver minimised the bullying rather than sitting further back, in the middle of a crowd of people. I was instantly captured by the narrative style, using fictional newspaper clippings, letters, articles.
So by all means let us have more women conductors, as well as conductors from working class backgrounds and conductors from non-musical or non traditionally influential families and from less obvious areas of the world - but above all let us have talented, professional, artistic, insightfully passionate and inspired conductors.
It is true that street art uses the city walls as its main canvas, but it also a fact that the movement has took the gallery challenge and it now resides within the white cube quite comfortably - a sign of its resilient and dichotomous nature...
Taoist teachings (along with other Oriental philosophy) seem to calm, stimulate, and refresh me, in part, I think, because they bear such a striking contrast to many of the ideas I was exposed to growing up in the Occident...
For a British politician, being patriotic implies a deep understanding of British culture, values and national interest, and the willingness and ability to stick up for those values. Farage demonstrated a total misinterpretation of British culture and history and the values on which that culture is based.
Powder Her Face is an opera composed by Thomas Ades, with a libretto by Philip Hensher, based on the infamous Margaret Campbell, the Duchess of Argyll and the scandal her sexual exploits and subsequent divorce in the 1960s.
This hasn't been a kind time for musicals, with high profile productions such as Stephen Ward: The Musical and From Here to Eternity struggling, so it's lovely to see such an unassuming but original piece succeed.
The Fleming Collection's London home, in the affluent centre of London, will give all these emerging artists great exposure whilst positioning them among some of the biggest galleries in the world.
This stems from a major difference between the Middle Eastern and Western cultures; in the UK, ecommerce leads the way, with consumers preferring the convenience and speed of browsing and ordering online to the hustle and bustle of the high street. In the Gulf, however, 'mall culture' remains dominant.