Saw The Duchess of Malfi at the Old Vic. Play by John Webster about a widowed duchess who falls in love, leading to the inevitable Jacobean bloodbath.
Liked it a lot. There are stylized touches like slow-motion processions which help give it the slightly unreal air I think you need: these plots can feel a bit too implausible if you try to make it realistic. Good performances from Eve Best as the Duchess and Harry Lloyd as her villainous Duke brother .
Well worth a look.
We got good value tickets as a Lastminute.com package: �20 for both the theatre and a two-course meal, got decent seats at the back of the stalls too. Not bad considering you'd pay that for a movie and a pizza.
Saw the British Design 1948-2012 exhibition at the V & A. Liked it a lot: though it's fairly familiar stuff, there's a lot of good things to look at. Includes Marc Bolan costumes, Festival of Britain posters, a Mini and an e-Type, and of course the inevitable unsittable chairs.
Saw the Hans-Peter Feldman exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery. German artist who mostly repurposes and draws over kitsch popular images and decorations. Not too bad: the cross-eyed distorted portraits and red noses are amusing, and there are some interesting photos like this one. Not terribly keen on the haw-haw-let's-poke-fun-at-the-tawdry-taste-of-the-masses vibe though.
Socioeconomics. Should schools promote self-control: "Higher cognitive ability may not always be a good substitute for self-control in the acquisition of important academic and technical skills". Pedestrian behaviour "walking speed is correlated to socioeconomic standing".
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