There is no secret to the perennial popularity of Princess Diana. Even those of us that were ambivalent about the need for an unelected monarchy realised that she possessed the kind of ‘soft skills’ that encouraged the best in people. The world of Hip Hop, where people have to be reminded of your greatness every two minutes is a world away from such empathy, but there are signs of change. Drake is serious, professional and surprisingly self deprecating in person. He seems to be in it for the long haul and will most likely drop some of his swagger along the way. Soft skills in Hip Hop? There’s a thought!
A 20th Century style icon in every sense, Princess Diana had an acute sense of what worked for her. Her tall, slim figure and fair complexion allowed her to wear even the most elaborate ball gowns with ease and she was an expert at combining accessories and reinventing old looks into something fresh.Kensington Palace is showing a selection of her most favourite outfits and visitors will be able to see up close what got the world’s paparazzi into such a lather. From the 25 foot bridal train to the stunning LBD that announced her emancipation from an unhappy marriage, the dresses tell the story of her wider love affair with her adoring public.
Ceviche is a Peruvian restaurant that likes to experiment and as it’s just a short Hammersmith & City Line hop away it feels like it’s nearer than it is. Because Andean cuisine is a relative newcomer to London the chef is able to take risks so don’t expect some version of tacos or empanadas. Situated just a short walk away from the Silicon Roundabout, Ceviche is popular with all the Tech City types who are always up for something exotic.The restaurant derives its name from a method of cooking fish in lime, lemon or other types of citric marinade. This maintains the delicate flavour of the fish which tends to break down when too much heat is applied. The waiters at Ceviche are well informed and patient, willing to steer you away from blandness and towards dishes like lamb’s brain fritters or Oysters which are ‘cooked’ by immersing them in tiger’s milk and celery. The cocktail list is also a standout and is popular with City workers.
The oldest international rugby fixture on earth takes place in South West London on the 11th of March and it’s shaping up to be a cracker. England would have been expected to walk this as they are attempting to defend their Grand Slam title and the Scots are in transition.However, Scotland turned over the much fancied Ireland team at the beginning of the tournament while England have scraped two rather lacklustre victories. England coach, Eddie Jones will be hoping for a more solid performance from his front row that have been shipping a surprising amount of points. Scotland have the optimism and passion to cause an upset, but do they have the guile?
A few years ago, R&B purists were in shock when the heir apparent to Michael Jackson was blindsided by a skinny ex boyband interloper. Usher had the gig all sewn up but didn’t see Justin Timberlake coming and the Hip Hop cognoscenti have been looking around for their next big noise ever since. Step forward Drake. Smooth enough to win over the ladies and credible enough to be invited onto Lil Wayne albums, all he needed was a worldwide smash to back up the hype.This duly arrived in 2015 in the shape of the insanely catchy “Hotline Bling” which catapulted Drake to global stardom. He’s over here for a one off date because of a previous cancellation but fans won’t mind as his world tour has seen the Toronto-based megastar hone his stagecraft and add even more spectacular sets, moves and guest artists.