Between the 14th and 20th November, Transgender Awareness Week was marked in America and the United Kingdom with a series of bake-sales, beauty pageants, poetry readings, and posing for selfies holding banners with witless platitudes on them (“Live your dreams”, say, or “Trans-lives matter”). 4,951 more words
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W.S. Gilbert was born, on this day, in 1836. Hooray hooray hooray. As it happens, I’ve lately been wondering (and I’m sure you have too) what would have happened if Gilbert were still with us today and had been asked to be a guest writer on… 322 more words
This pub’s name is fairly self-explanatorily related to coal but there’s a couple of different versions floating around as to why.
One story, mentioned on the pub’s website, says the name comes from the legend that the pub occupies the space which once contained the coal cellar for the Savoy Hotel – not a great leap given its location on the corner of Carting Lane and the Strand, with the Savoy Hotel just behind. 167 more words
Gilbert and Sullivan’s first collaboration, “Thespis” was for years considered lost because while the dialog was known, the music has not been found. However, thanks to a skillful reconstruction by opera designer Anthony Baker and conductor/composer Timothy Henty, a truly entertaining version of Thespis has been created. 423 more words