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We Need To Talk About Lionel Shriver – The School of Life on 17th January 2017

Tomorrow night, Lionel Shriver takes to the main stage at Cecil Sharp House (NW1) for a unique event organised by The School of Life.  Unlike most leading lights in literature, Shriver’s not seeking to promote a new book or gorge herself on easy questions served up by a sympathetic moderator.  Instead, she’s subjecting herself to inquiry by a clinical psychologist – Tanya Byron – to understand what makes her tick.  

As Ian Cater writes below, it promises to be a fascinating evening, providing an insight into the challenges faced – and resilience needed – by even the most successful people.

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Category: Culture
Haskell speaks his mind at Wasps (Richard Lane Photography)
Haskell speaks his mind at Wasps (Richard Lane Photography)

James Haskell Talks Fitness and Rugby on 13th December 2016

On Tuesday night, England rugby star and charismatic presenter James Haskell hosts his latest rugby and fitness evening at The Gridiron Building in Kings Cross.  It’s a chance for sports fans and fitness enthusiasts to hear stories from one of rugby’s most travelled and interesting characters on what drives him to succeed and – timely as we approach Christmas – push his body to the very limit.

Ahead of the talk, Ian Cater caught up with him to discuss Christmas temptations, Eddie Jones’ unbeaten England team and a potential future in light entertainment.

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Category: Special Events
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UnCorked Theatre presents ‘How To Solve A Problem Like Murder’

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By Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

With How To Solve A Problem Like Murder, UnCorked Theatre delivers one of the most intriguing, voyeuristic and memorable evenings in London right now: a captivating mixture of immersive theatre, murder-mystery and burlesque.  

The second you arrive at the venue – Paradise by way of Kensal Green – you become part of a complex and challenging reality, which claims you until the moment the murderer is finally unmasked.  The onus is on you to select your chief suspects and closely watch what they do and how they do it.  Our advice: get tickets while you can and then keep your wits about you.

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Category: Dance
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Blood, sweat and tears – UFC Fight Night at the O2 Arena

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By Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Go and see the Ultimate Fighting Championship, they said.  You’ll love it.  It’s the hottest ticket in town.  Well, for much of Saturday Fight Night at a packed O2 Arena, I wasn’t sure.  There were too few knockouts.  Too much grappling, too little drama.  Too many irritants with topknots sitting around me making moronic wolf noises for no discernible reason.

Then came the main event: British middleweight Michael Bisping against Brazilian Anderson Silva, regarded by many as the greatest fighter ever to have entered an Octagon.  Despite my scepticism, the pair put on a contest that fans of the sport will never forget: a topsy-turvy five rounds of controversy that continued up to the moment the judges’ decisions were announced.

Finally, I could see what all the fuss was about and maybe – just maybe – I’d consider going again.

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Category: Special Events
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Marvel Universe LIVE! Super Heroes Assemble at the 02 Arena

By Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

In September this year, Marvel Universe LIVE! Super Heroes Assemble will take over the 02 Arena.  Each generation has its own set of fads, but some things remain constant: kids – and their parents – love super heroes.  That’s why cinemas are packed to the rafters whenever an Avengers or Spider-Man movie comes to town.  And why you can’t walk into a toyshop without tripping over a 12-inch plastic Hulk or Iron Man action figure.  Because the big boys, DC and Marvel, know that whatever they produce will get snaffled up.

But here’s the thing: with great power, comes great responsibility … to entertain, to do something different, to open children’s eyes to something their parents never experienced.

To this end, Marvel think that they’ve hit the jackpot: a live, action-packed arena performance by its favourite creations – Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Black Widow – taking on their hateful enemies before your very eyes.

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Category: Kids
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Vape Jam London 2016.

Vape Jam London 2016 Preview: Cuttwood e-juice review

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Vape Jam returns to London this April at the London Excel centre, showcasing the best e-juices and vaporisers in the world.

Exhibitors include Cuttwood’s hand-crafted e-juices from California, which provide refreshing and unique flavour combinations.  Cuttwood claims to be ‘The Sauce Boss’ and has grown to become one of the largets e-liquid providers.  Of course, growth and popularity are not always clear markers of quality.  But when I took a closer look and tried out a number of their e-juices, I could tell they were quality products.  

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Category: Festivals
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Nick Helm – All Killer

By Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Nick Helm is everywhere right now and everywhere should be grateful.  A third run of the comedian’s hit BBC Three series Uncle has been commissioned.  The short film Elephant – which Helm directed, co-wrote and co-starred in with Esther Smith – was nominated for a BAFTA.  And his second studio album, Nick Helm Is F*cking Amazing, is released next month.

To celebrate the album launch, Helm is performing a show called All Killer Some Filler at the O2 Forum Kentish Town on 14 April 2016.  It will feature all of his musical hits and is billed as the “greatest live event ever attempted”.

What’s On London will be covering the show and reviewing the album that’s released on the same day.  In the build-up, Ian Cater met this multi-talented artist to discuss the roots of his success and what fans can hope for in the future.

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Category: Comedy
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Stunning line-up announced for ‘Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’

By Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Last night’s Brit Awards 2016 proved a memorable evening for all involved – with Lorde’s moving David Bowie tribute understandably going viral – but especially for the winners, including London’s own Adele.  And three amazing artists who narrowly missed out on the big prizes can console themselves with being part of perhaps the biggest day in London music later this year: Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.

BST has announced that its line-up for the opening day on Saturday, 2nd July 2016 will include:

Florence + The Machine – nominated for Best Female Solo Artist and British Album of the Year;

Kendrick Lamar – nominated for Best International Male Solo Artist; and

Jamie XX – nominated for Best Male Solo Artist.

And if that wasn’t enough to get you heading straight for the tickets website, the organisers have confirmed that Blood Orange will also guest that day, with further acts to be announced soon.

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Category: Comedy