The Lost World + Live Score at BFI Southbank

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The Lost World (1925)

The Lost World (1925)

I’ve had dinosaurs on the brain since going to see a 25th anniversary screening of Jurassic Park at the Prince Charles Cinema a few weeks ago, so was very happy to have the opportunity to check out an even earlier example of dinosaurs in cinema. The Lost World, based on the Arthur Conan Doyle novel and directed by Harry O. Hoyt, was made in 1925; once thought lost, it has now largely been recovered, and was shown at the BFI Southbank with an accompanying live piano score from Lucky Dog Picturehouse.

I absolutely loved this movie; the animation was incredibly impressive for the time and I particularly loved the section which saw the diplodocus rampaging through the streets of London. I believe it’s available on YouTube, and it’s well worth a watch.

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2018’s greatest Christmas jumpers

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I remember when Christmas jumpers were uncool. When Mark Darcy wore one in Bridget Jones’s Diary and it wasn’t a good look. Thankfully (in my opinion) things have changed, and a festive jumper is a strong choice for the season. I’ve collected a few of my favourites below.

This Literary Christmas Jumper from the British Library is perfect for anyone who loves books.

Literary Christmas Jumper

This Attenbrrr Christmas Jumper from notjust is great for fans of our greatest national treasure.

Atttenbrrr Christmas Jumper

The Labyrinth Christmas Jumper from Truffle Shuffle is perfect for fans of the classic Eighties movie.

Labyrinth Christmas Jumper

I used to love playing Spyro the Dragon on PlayStation, and this Spyro Christmas Jumper is fab.

Spyro the Dragon Christmas Jumper

Cheaper options include the Dobby Christmas Jumper from Primark.

Dobby Christmas Jumper

For a more traditional look, this Embroidered Robins Christmas Jumper adds a festive touch without being tacky.Embroidered Robins Christmas JumperWhat’s your favourite?

Jewellery brand of the month: Smile and Make

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My jewellery brand for November is a relatively new UK-based brand:

SMILE AND MAKE

Based in Newcastle-under-Lyme, the brand’s designer, Lucy, has created some absolutely stunning designs recently. They proved so popular that I wasn’t in time to get hold of any, but hopefully I will be able to get hold of some in the future!

Just to note that there aren’t any direct links to the pieces below, because they’ve all either sold out or are not yet available. I recommend following Smile and Make on Instagram to be alerted when pieces will become available on Etsy.

Christmas Flowers Necklace

Christmas Flowers Necklace

Make A Wish Brooch

Make A Wish Brooch

Jovie Brooch

Jovie Brooch

London Bus Brooch

London Fireworks Necklace

Find Smile and Make via the following links:

Etsy: etsy.com/uk/shop/SmileandMake

Instagram: instagram.com/smileandmake

Canada Gallery

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Canada Gallery

As well as Canada House itself, I’ve always wanted to visit the Canada Gallery, the art gallery attached to the main building that showcases art with a Canadian theme or connection. Unlike the House itself, which is only open on occasion for guided tours, the Gallery is open much more regularly, and you don’t have to book. The Gallery is probably overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbour, the National Gallery, but it’s well worth a visit in its own right; it’s small, the perfect size for whiling away a few spare minutes.

Barbara Rae artwork

Barbara Rae artwork

Exhibitions change regularly, so repeat visits are worthwhile. On this, my first visit, the exhibition consisted of work by Scottish artist Barbara Rae. Inspired by her namesake and fellow Scot, Dr John Rae, who explored Canada’s Arctic in the 1830s, Barbara set out to traverse the Northwest Passage herself, encountering dramatic icebergs, polar bears, native Inuit and the northern lights. I loved the resulting artwork, which seems infused with the magic of the changing colours of ice. Alongside these works, a selection of Inuit sculpture both complements the main exhibition and carries its own unique authority. This exhibition runs until 16 February, and no doubt more good quality exhibitions will follow in future.

Inuit sculpture

FACTS

Address: Canada House, Trafalgar Square, SW1Y 5BJ

Website: canadainternational.gc.ca/united_kingdom-royaume_uni/events-evenements/gallery

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat, 11-5.45

Prices: Free

Canada House

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Canada House

I’ve wanted to visit Canada House for a while, but the tours were always booked up, until I got lucky and ended up on the website just as the new dates were announced. When the day arrived I made my way to Trafalgar Square and queued up with the others to go inside. You have to show photo ID and put your bag through an airport-style scanner; security is important here, though once you get in the atmosphere is much more relaxed.

Picture showing Canada House when it was two separate buildings

Picture showing Canada House when it was two separate buildings

The building dates back to 1824, when construction first began. It’s the oldest building on Trafalgar Square, with the exception of the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Originally two buildings, used by the Union Club and the Royal College of Physicians, it became Canada House in 1923, officially opened in 1925 by King George V.

King George V's throne

King George V’s throne

On display on the ground floor is the throne King George used, as well as a number of ceremonial keys. The various rooms of the house are named after either Canadian provinces or notable Canadian figures, and are often rented out to various groups for events. The rooms are full of Canadian art and it’s for this reason that the tours are really run; there are many impressive pieces to look at.

Canada House

We started on the ground floor and made our way up floor by floor; I absolutely loved the dramatic chandelier that dominates the staircase.

Chandelier

Along the way we saw some incredible artworks, carpets and sculptures, all with a Canadian connection. Finally, we ended up right at the top of the building.

At the top of Canada House

At the top of Canada House

Beehives are kept on the roof and honey is collected from the bees who live here. We were able to go out onto the roof and experience a fantastic view of Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery.

View of Trafalgar Square from the roof of Canada House

View of Trafalgar Square from the roof of Canada House

Canada House is an amazing place to visit and I’d recommend a tour to anyone, whether or not you have a specific interest in Canada.

A piece of art on display in Canada House

A piece of art on display in Canada House

FACTS

Address: Trafalgar Square, SW1Y 5BJ

Website: canadainternational.gc.ca/…visiting_house-canada-maison_visiter

Opening Hours: Selected Friday afternoons at 3.30 pm (tours must be booked in advance)

Prices: Free

A piece of Canadian art

A piece of Canadian art