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BECOMING: Marie Antoinette

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9th January 2019

Aside from Queen Victoria – and both Elizabeth’s – there has been no Queen more notorious than the wife of King Louis XVI of France, the near-mythical Marie Antoinette. It was her wanton extravagance that led to her demise and the disillusionment of the people with the French monarchy…


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SEASONAL: How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions in London

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7th January 2019

With the frivolities of Christmas and NYE behind us it’s that time of the year where countless people jump on the bandwagon of New Year’s resolutions, and promptly fall of it by the end of the month. That’s understandable: after all, it takes time to build up new habits,…


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IN CONVERSATION WITH: Camilla Webb Carter

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4th January 2019

 

Inspired by optical illusion and geometric shapes, these bold and daring ceramic works are products of London-based artist Camilla Webb Carter. Having studied ceramics at Camberwell College of Art her studio was set up in 2011, from where she not only produces works for public display and for private…


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Through the Lens

THROUGH THE LENS: Trent Country Park

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3rd January 2019

You’re not alone in sniggering every time the tube tannoy announces the next train to Cockfosters…Yet how many of you have actually travelled to the end of the Piccadilly Line? Believe it or not, this part of London is home to ancient woodland once mentioned in the Domesday Book…


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Seasonal

SEASONAL: It’s beginning to look a lot like…

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20th December 2018

…PANIC!
Oh Christmas. There’s no escaping it. From Michael Bublé’s annual resurgence to the battle of which supermarket does the best mince pies (M&S if you’re asking), it’s a funny old time of year. Even as an adult it’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement of going…


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City Guide: Berlin

CITY GUIDE BERLIN: Beat the January Blues

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14th December 2018

Ah, January. In the midst of resolutions, “new year new me” challenges, soon-to-be-unused gym memberships, food comas and hangovers… the aftermath of the festive period can be quite depressing; it’s cold, it’s wet, and summer has never felt further away. Fear not! Here at KOMPAS we have your back…


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City Guide: London

CITY GUIDE LONDON: Things to do in Stratford that aren’t Westfield

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10th December 2018

 

Upon visiting Stratford in 1722 the English writer Daniel Defoe noted how the area had “…increased in buildings to a strange degree.” What would he think visiting Stratford now, the area awash with buildings following the multi-million pound investment made prior to the 2012 London Olympics?

Noted for its potato…


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BECOMING: Alice in Wonderland

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7th December 2018

Wonderland; a place where croquet is played with flamingos, tea parties are never-ending, and hookah smoking caterpillars mix with cats who grin. Not too dissimilar to a Friday night in Soho. This seminal work of Charles Dodgson written in 1865 sees our heroine grapple with anthropomorphic…


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Culture Vulture

CULTURE VULTURE: The Monarch of the Glen

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3rd December 2018

Landseer’s most famous work makes its return to Trafalgar Square in more than 160 years

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albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
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Standing imperiously against a dramatic Highlands backdrop, Sir Edwin Landseer’s most beloved work – The Monarch of the Glen – is a triumphant and bold composition, an unfortunate dichotomy to the…


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Through the Lens

THROUGH THE LENS: Covent Garden at Christmas

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30th November 2018

Is there a more festive place in London than Covent Garden? Every year the market gets a beautiful makeover in time for Christmas, with plenty of giant mistletoe bunches to kiss under!
 
Did you know?:
– Covent Garden has been an area of trade since the C7th when it was at…

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