The UK’s Very First Trappist Ale Has Been Brewed

Henry VIII has a lot to answer for, but the lack of monastic brewing in Britain probably isn’t the first thing that springs to mind. Yet had the Tudor monarch not  decreed the Dissolution of the Monasteries, perhaps it would not have taken us until the 21st Century to get our first Trappist brewery. Still, better late than never. Monks at Mount Saint Bernard Abbey in Leicestershire this week revealed their Tynt Meadow beer – the world’s first English Trappist Ale, on sale from today. Continue reading The UK’s Very First Trappist Ale Has Been Brewed

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This Model Turned Her Wrinkles Into Golden Art For A Turin Exhibition

Wrinkles may be a bit of a touchy subject for most people, but not for Hungarian model-turned-artist Andi Kacziba, who paints them gold and is showing them for the world to see in Turin, Italy. Continue reading This Model Turned Her Wrinkles Into Golden Art For A Turin Exhibition

The Return of the Past is the First-Ever Exhibition Devoted to Postmodernist British Architecture

In May, the UK’s government body Historic England granted listed status to 17 Postmodern buildings, including CZWG’s China Wharf, John Outram’s Judge Institute of Management Studies, and Jeremy and Fenella Dixon’s St Mark’s Road. For many, the induction was seen as a much needed validation of a style often noted for its ability to polarize opinion. A key moment in British architecture, the built products of Postmodernism are lauded as bold and innovative by its fierce defenders, and derided as dull and embarrassing by what is probably, unfortunately, a much larger majority. Continue reading The Return of the Past is the First-Ever Exhibition Devoted to Postmodernist British Architecture

New International Youth Festival for Aberdeen Unveiled

A new international youth festival for Aberdeen has been announced.

The Aberdeen International Festival of Youth Arts (AIFYA) follows the expected winding down of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF). Continue reading New International Youth Festival for Aberdeen Unveiled

The Festival of Spanish Theatre London Opens at John Lyon’s Theatre

For over five years, we have been bringing Spanish Theatre companies to London, to perform an exceptional mix of critically acclaimed productions.

Our programme includes performances, a series of talks and workshops and an education strand.

Plays are performed in Spanish with English surtitles, so anyone can enjoy an authentic experience of Spanish Theatre, regardless of their knowledge of the language. Read More via FestivalSpanishTheatre.

Will the U.K. Have to Redesign Its Flag?

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Long after the Empire’s collapse, the Union Jack remains an internationally recognized symbol of Britain. But all that could change soon. Scotland, one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom (along with England, Northern Ireland, and Wales), will hold a referendum on independence this September. If it succeeds, Britain’s iconic flag may need a makeover.

The Flag Institute, the U.K.’s national flag charity and the largest membership-based vexillological organization in the world, recently polled its members and found that nearly 65 percent of respondents felt the Union Jack should be changed if Scotland becomes independent. And after the poll, the organization found itself flooded with suggested replacements for the flag. FULL STORY Continue reading Will the U.K. Have to Redesign Its Flag?

Northern Lights Illuminate the UK

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The Aurora Borealis – better known as the Northern Lights – has been giving rare and spectacular displays over parts of the UK, from the north of Scotland to as far south as Essex and Gloucestershire.

The lights have also been clearly visible in places such as Orkney, Norfolk, and south Wales. FULL STORY Continue reading Northern Lights Illuminate the UK