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An Interview: Episode 08

Blenheim Forge

In Peckham’s Blenheim Forge, exceptional Japanese-inspired kitchen knives are crafted by hand to the most exacting standards, but it started out as a backyard hobby. Here, owners Jon Warshawsky and Richard Warner explain all.
An Interview: Episode 04

Dr Terry Moore

Dr. Terry Moore is the Honorary Director of the Cat Survival Trust, a twelve-acre site in Hertfordshire which nurtures endangered species of cats. His inspiring compassion for these animals makes him an expert on these enchanting yet threatened felines.
Chasing Ad Men: Episode 03

Paul Burke

Paul Burke’s natural wit has made him a hit in the world of advertising, in which he’s worked with Rowan Atkinson, Jack Dee, Joanna Lumley and more. Burke’s particular love for radio commercials has made him a specialist in voice acting.
Chasing Ad Men: Episode 02

Dave Dye

Art director (‘creative bloke’, as he terms it) Dave Dye has set-up three agencies. He’s an ad man who knows how to cut to the chase, so without further ado, watch him here as part of our ‘Ad Men’ series.
Chasing Ad Men: Episode 01

Bertie Miller & Dave Waters

Bertie Miller & Dave Waters, who together run the ad agency ‘Watermill’, have been plying their trade for years. Miller is the founder of Spectre, which was voted the most successful production company for six years, whilst Waters helped run a top 20 London ad agency for 20 years. Here are our ‘Ad Men’, in their own words.
An Interview: Episode 01

Shi Heng Jiu

As a 35th generation Shaolin disciple, Shi Heng Jiu is part of a long tradition. But, as he explains from the Shaolin Temple UK, the martial art practice has evolved.

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Refuse to be the Muse: ArtActivistBarbie and Artemisia Gentileschi

ArtActivistBarbie has been popping up in galleries and on social media for a few years now, calling out Victorian chocolate-box heroines and languishing pre-Raphaelite maidens for the 'soft porn' they are. Tracing the long trouble of the male gaze’s lens over depictions of femininity, we visit Artemisia Gentileschi – on the day of the National Gallery’s reopening, where the now-postponed exhibition will be shown – through AAB’s cartoonish eyes.

Icons of London: Charles Dickens’ statue

'Could Dickens have written about the destitute, in the vivid colour he did, without smell, sound, or exchange? For that matter, could any writer? Proximity to your subject once implied your senses would be stimulated. Now, lamentably our primal instincts have been stunted.'

Icons of London: Beau Brummel’s Statue

'Beau reminds those, who hear their heavy boots crunching dreadfully through life, of their nature. With a reproachful glance, he warns us not to pursue the silvery shawl over the balcony and scramble up the hill under the moonlight, only to find in the effort of the climb, we have muddied ourselves irrevocably. That midnight glow is for those born to it.'

Virtual Gonzo 6: Scott’s Hut, Antarctica

The latest in this series, which sees us travelling the world on Street View, is a journey to one of the most isolated places in the world. Retracing the steps of early Antarctic explorers, we explore what their stories can teach us about so-called ‘third quarter syndrome.’

Icons of London: George Orwell’s Statue

At a time when statues have been placed under the spotlight, Cameron Charters examines the works of his beloved George Orwell through the prism of the writer's monument outside Broadcasting House. The statue's inscription reads: “If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear”.

Virtual Gonzo 5: the valley of the dolls

First, we drifted on Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s ‘Floating Piers’ in Italy. Next, we traded lockdown for lock up, with Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz. We walked The Line, London’s first dedicated public art walk. We discovered a monumental sphinx guarding the abandoned Domino Sugar Refinery in Williamsburg. From the big city to a remote riverside hamlet, Nagoro is a sleepy village with an uncanny population.

Virtual Gonzo 4 – there’s no sugar-coating Kara Walker

This series sees us excavating Google Street View’s buried treasures. In 2014, a forty-foot sphinx stood guard over an abandoned sugar factory in Brooklyn, the first large-scale project by Kara Walker. We went to raid the tomb, a site that has since turned into condominiums and office space.

Virtual Gonzo 2 – Locked up with Ai Weiwei

From lockdown to Lock Up, we travel to the rocky shores of the world’s most notorious prison – on Google Street View. In 2014, Alcatraz housed Ai Weiwei’s @Large exhibition, which interrogates the nature of freedom and our attempts to restrict it.

Kobe: A Numbers Game

On 26th January the world found out the tragic news that Kobe Bryant aka Black Mamba was killed alongside his daughter and seven others in a helicopter accident in Los Angeles. No one could really ever predict the impact this would have inside and outside of the game of basketball – players and fans are still grieving, but his superhuman legacy lives on.

The mashed-up cartoon world of Thumbs

Nick Thompson, aka Thumbs, is the creator and cult hero of a mashed-up cartoon universe that everyone must discover. We sat down to learn about Thumbs’ exceedingly precise art form and matchless talent that so many have gawked upon across the globe.

Darticle: whynow at The Darts

whynow Culture Editor, Billy Holmes, took a trip to the darts with his photographer mate Ollo Weguelin. Get the scores on the doors here.

Stephen Walter is mapping the past, present and future

Stephen Walter guides the observer through images, featuring personalised signage and symbols. His maps are barometers of people’s present, past and futures, all delivered with clever amounts of wonderful British superciliousness.

Scouse and Out in London: Busker

Our resident Scouser, whose name has been changed to Disposable Cam for legal reasons, visited London Bridge last week to reflect on another test to the capital's resolve.

Henry Freestone’s cooking up something good

Lewisham-born Henry worked his way up the ranks to become head chef at Crispin, Spitalfields, by the age of just 24. He tells us what it's like being in charge of curating a top restaurant's menu.

Anything for ‘The Dons’

South East London outfit SE DONS have become one of the most loved and inspirational Sunday League football teams of our time - through YouTube.

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