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Archive for January, 2012

At London Living, we know that listening to and experiencing music is often a very personal experience; hearing a familiar melody can bring back memories in haunting detail, while a new song can excite and inspire. As John Lennon once said, ‘Music is everybody’s possession’.

This is the principle behind a new project to map South London’s black music by artist Barby Asante and brought to our attention by the ever-wonderful Londonist. The South London Black Music Archive at Read more …

Today we’re excited to be showcasing something new on London Living, which will be a relatively regular feature from now on.

‘London Grilling’ is a short set of questions (five to be exact) that we will be posing to some of our favourite Londoners over the coming weeks and months.

Like London Living as a whole, the idea is not to impose our views on you – but to foreground those of the most interesting and diverse London voices out there. A quickfire five, the questions …

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Checkmate, London

Following on from our recent article uncovering London’s hot spots for board gamers to unite and play, we’re rolling a double by looking at the board game’s more sophisticated cousin, chess.

December saw the Olympic Conference Centre host the annual London Chess Classic, a tournament attracting some of the chess world’s finest tacticians. It was won by Russian Vladimir Kramnik, who triumphed over British hopeful Luke McShane to scoop the €50,000 prize money.

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Mark, the proprietor of As Easy As Riding A Bike, used to be ‘a relentless optimist, holding the belief that cycling is just such a naturally brilliant way of getting around that, sooner or later, everyone else is going to realize it, and leap onto the bicycles that are gathering cobwebs in their garages.’

Realising this vision was perhaps a little optimistic, Mark revised his stance and adopted a more ‘realistic’ approach.

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It will not have escaped your notice that 2012 is set to be a massive year for British sport. But this summer will also see the culmination of a four-year cultural celebration of all things British.

Beginning at the Tate Britain with Lord Coe back in 2008, the Cultural Olympiad will reach its climax this year. Offering a mouthwatering breadth of cultural festivities throughout 2012, it has been billed as:

The largest cultural celebration in the history of the …

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