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Francis Bacon self-portraits expected to fetch £30m

Two Francis Bacon self-portraits are going on public display for the first time after resurfacing in a private collection.<p>Descendants of the original collector have decided to sell the paintings, which are expected to fetch £15m each at auction.<p>Experts knew of the works’ existence, but had no idea …

Art

To Feast or Not to Feast: Toasting the Bard’s Birthday

William Shakespeare’s birthday is generally celebrated on April 23 – so, in honor of the Bard, what should we have to eat? What about Spanish paps and blackberry pie?<p>If his plays and poems are anything to go on, Will Shakespeare had a healthy appreciation for food. There are at least 2,000 culinary …

William Shakespeare

Now We Know What It Feels Like to Be Invisible

First, Arvid Guterstam made himself invisible. When he looked down at his body, there was nothing there.<p>He could feel he was solid; he hadn’t vanished into thin air. He even felt a paint brush tickle his transparent belly, while the brush appeared to be stroking nothing but air.<p>Being invisible is …

Virtual Reality

What I Learned From Spending My Entire Twenties In Debt

It's not the end of the world, even though it might really feel like it.<p>"I want to share what I learned about spending my entire twenties in debt," I said to a friend in the pub when we sneaked in a quick drink before dinner at a new restaurant we'd finally bagged a reservation for. "Tips on how to …

Personal Finance

In Defense of Quiche, Because a Savory Custard Done Right Is Magical

Quiche is an amazing thing and we won't hear otherwise.<p>Somehow in recent years, quiche lost its way. Its reputation was bruised. No doubt, it was partly due to an onslaught of weekend brunches with subpar crusts and watery fillings. Or maybe we went overboard on the catered affairs, with passed …

Breakfast

From Design to Street Art, 5 Looks Inside Great Creators' Notebooks

<i>A round-up of intimate drawings from Meriwether Lewis, Milton Glaser, Stefan Sagmeister, and other bright minds</i><p>The nature and origin of creativity is the subject of many a theory. But, rather than theorizing about it, wouldn't it be great if we could just lift the lid of a great creative mind and …

New in the Shop: R2-D2 Mashed Up with Superheroes by Steve Berrington

We all love a good mash-up and this one by illustrator Steve Berrington ranks right up there as one of the best. Taking the beloved Star Wars character, R2-DR, he dresses up the droid in some fantastical colors, a far cry from his plain blue and white metal suit. An interesting side note on how …

Don’t Stop Daydreaming: Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

If you can’t get through this article without checking your Facebook, walking to the fridge, scrolling through your phone, and choosing something on …

When is a pie not a pie? Mary Berry reignites food's greatest debate

When is a pie not a pie? Mary Berry's potato, leek and cheese pie is currently at the centre of a heated debate, with some viewers of last night's episode of <i>Mary Berry Everyday</i> insisting it was simply a "casserole with a lid" because it lacked the essential pastry base.<p>It’s a perennial hot topic …

Mary Berry

The History Boys (Tour) - 'plenty to admire'

The National Theatre production of <i>The History Boys</i> is part of theatre: not just because it's a superb play but because so many of the cast went onto …

Tom Stoppard says audiences don't get his jokes – is that a hard problem?

I see Tom Stoppard has been complaining, at an NT Platform event, that audiences don’t always pick up the cultural allusions in his plays. What I find fascinating is that he seizes on literary, rather than scientific or philosophical, references. When the lead character in Stoppard’s new play, The …

Jokes

Simon Russell Beale: it’s fine to take liberties with Shakespeare

Many regard him as the greatest classical actor of his generation, with King Lear and Hamlet among his acclaimed Shakespearean roles. But, despite his reverence for the Bard, Simon Russell Beale argues against a puritanical approach to his texts, suggesting that they should be seen as blueprints. …

The Theatre

Pop-up theatre in Brighton Festival line-up

<b>A flat-pack theatre will be transported to Brighton and put up in Regency Square for this year's festival.</b><p>The pop-up Roundabout Theatre will be brought to the city by Paines Plough touring theatre company and is one of the highlights of the event in May.<p>This year's guest director is award-winning …