Film review: Viceroy’s House

Directed by Gurinder Chadha With a stellar cast, soaring soundtrack and beautiful imagery, Viceroy’s House tells the true story of the final months of British rule in India and the subsequent independence and creation of Pakistan (The Partition). Lord and Lady Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson) arrive in India with good intentions to give…

Film review: Jackie

Danielle Woodward reviews Jackie, starring Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy From the start of this film, with its soundtrack of soaring violins that start off tuneful but soon go off-key creating a feeling of a perfect world going off-kilter, you are in the tumultuous world of the First Lady in the immediate aftermath of the assassination of her…

Theatre review: A Christmas Carol

Do you remember how wonderful it was to have a story read to you, as a child? To have someone tell you a tale that was new to you? Or perhaps it was a story you were familiar with, but still felt thrilled by hearing it again? That’s the magical, enchanting experience created by Simon…

Escape into magical Moominland

Banish the winter blues with an immersive, enchanting exhibition at London’s South Bank Centre, Adventures in Moominland They may have been a bit scary when you were young (anyone remember the Groke who haunted dark, snowy forests?) or perhaps you loved everything about the magical world of the Moomins. The new immersive, interactive exhibition at London’s Southbank…

Food product review: Furniss biscuits

Nothing beats a traditional ginger biscuit with your cuppa – apart from perhaps ginger with a twist… Ginger is a versatile spice that not only works well in cakes, biscuits and confectionery but also has proven medicinal benefits – mainly as an aid to ease nausea. That’s the reason why I ate my own weight…

Interview with ESPA founder Susan Harmsworth

Danielle Woodward meets the ESPA founder who shares her advice on getting ahead in business, tips on coping with stress and the secret to maintaining her youthful glow Susan Harmsworth is in her early 70s but you wouldn’t know it. She exudes a youthful energy that she says is down to a positive mental attitude…