Getting one’s bearings in a gallery or museum that doesn’t offer up a single bowl of fruit may be a bit disconcerting for the uninitiated. Such establishments can often be intimidating for the casual visitor. While the renowned Mr. So-and-So may have positively rocked the avant-garde movement of a particular decade in the last century, his work may not have entered the sphere of discussion for John Q. Public. The Saatchi Gallery of London doesn’t come with any baggage whatsoever and gives each and every visitor, both the experienced gallery hopper and the novice viewer, the opportunity to discover new artists and their works.
If you didn’t already know, the London Underground turned 150 on January 9th of this year. That date marks the first time a train left the Paddington Station to make a 3 ½ mile journey to Farringdon Station. Since then, metal carriages have transported close to a billion people a year to their final destination and everywhere in between. To celebrate, Insider London has pulled together some of the most interesting and/or ridiculous facts, inventive maps, and other quirks about London’s most important mode of transportation.
My experience of cinemas before I moved to London wasn’t particularly inspiring. When I lived in Eastbourne (I call it Brighton’s boring, miserable and paranoid older brother), there was either a new cinema complex that was ugly and characterless but had all the new releases, or there was an old and classically-decorated cinema that had real character but only showed Jumanji. Now in London I’ve found the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton, where I pretty much get the best of both worlds.
The tabloid press likes to refer to almost anything in Britain that it doesn’t like as being fascist (I’ve read of fascist postmen, fascist nurses and even fascist lollipop ladies), and this has to some extent rendered the term redundant. However, actual fascism, as in that which we attribute to have started in political form in Italy in 1921, is generally thought to have by-passed Britain when it spread its ugly wings throughout Europe. This is not necessarily the case. Interwar British fascism did manifest itself, and met its most famous resistance in the East End of London.