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#mushalloween: see some of the spookiest exhibits in London museums

Posted at 5:15 pm, October 29, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
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Halloween’s on the horizon and museums around the world are celebrating by posting pictures of their most spooky exhibits on Twitter with the hashtag #mushalloween.  Read the full post…

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Bum tomatoes in Essex taste like crap

Posted at 4:15 pm, October 29, 2014 in News
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Don’t own a garden but want to eat fresh tomatoes off the vine? Then head out to Rochford in Essex, where you’ll find them growing wild. Oh, but wait, they’re growing in the middle of a railway line. And, according to rail union the RMT, they’ve sprung forth from human waste. Yup, this particular plant (snapped by an RMT member) has apparently grown from tomato seeds in passenger excrement dumped on to the tracks from train toilets, then fertilised by yet more commuter bowel bombs. Newer trains have inbuilt sewage tanks, but older ones empty their payload of nutrient-rich manure on the go. The lesson: don’t eat spag bol in Essex. It’s made with what Italians call poomodori.

For more quirky London news take a look at these ladies trying to visit every single museum in London

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Tredwell’s: Marcus Wareing’s latest delivers divisive dinners

Posted at 3:30 pm, October 29, 2014 in Food & Drink
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Some restaurants seem destined to divide opinion. In the week following the opening of Tredwell’s, the new restaurant from celebrity chef Marcus Wareing, I’ve been accosted by several colleagues telling me either how much they disliked their experience at Tredwell’s, or how much they enjoyed the food. Could it be that some people focus on the food, while others are more sensitive to other aspects of dining out, such as the noise level and the prices?

Read on to find out what our reviewer thought of it.

By Guy Dimond

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Get on your bike for a Halloween fright

Posted at 2:30 pm, October 29, 2014 in Fun London

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Want to cycle between Halloween parties? Strap a pumpkin onto your pannier rack, fill it with bike lights and cycle to these frightfully themed rides and bike-based events. Read the full post…

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Three women are trying to visit all of London’s museums

Posted at 1:30 pm, October 29, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

Jo Hunt, Mary Rees and Linda Smither are three women who share a passion: a desire to complete everything.

They’ve already travelled on all 549 bus routes in London, from one end to the other (it took them five years). Now they’re attempting to visit every museum in London.

So far they’ve visited 40 out of the 250-ish cultural hot spots, including the more obscure Cinema Museum and the Garden Museum. Good luck ladies! We’ll check in with them soon and keep you posted.

Follow the trio’s progress on their blog, or enjoy their BBC interview.

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Okay, here’s what you should really be doing for Halloween…

Posted at 12:30 pm, October 29, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Free, Fun London, Music & Nightlife

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Halloween can be a bit like New Years Eve, unless you get your arse in gear and plan something in advance, it can be a bit of an anti-climax. If you’re reading this we’ll take a stab in the dark and guess you’re still stumped for what to do this weekend. Fear not! Whether you want to dress up, watch a film, or even play bingo, you’ll find something in these bloody great events.  Read the full post…

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Buy some vintage London air from 2012

Posted at 10:00 am, October 29, 2014 in Fun London
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Remember the Olympic spirit that swamped London in 2012? Don’t worry, we barely can either.

Luckily, an Etsy seller from Prague canned our city’s air back in the day, so now we can release it at our desk whenever we need a pick-me-up. Read the full post…

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Cannibal beetles found in London (just in time for Halloween)

Posted at 8:00 am, October 29, 2014 in News
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Have you heard the horror story about the cannibal beetles discovered in Abbey Wood, south-east London? Oh wait – that’s an actual REAL THING. Read the full post…

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Seven superb sample sales happening soon

Posted at 5:15 pm, October 28, 2014 in Shopping & Style
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Bargain hunters rejoice! Over the next week or so, there’s a bumper crop of sample sales taking place across London, so sharpen your elbows, grab your credit card and steel yourself for some serious shopping. Here are some of the best. Read the full post…

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Power play: can clothes really make you feel more powerful?

Posted at 4:00 pm, October 28, 2014 in Shopping & Style

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 A new exhibition charts the way women have used fashion to enhance their role in society. Sonya Barber and Liz Darke learn how it’s done (photos by Jean Goldsmith) Read the full post…

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Photo of the day: Tesco buttermilk carton cock-up

Posted at 3:15 pm, October 28, 2014 in Fun London
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Uh oh, it seems that Tesco’s shares aren’t the only things that have gone limp. Yes, this buttermilk – ahem – package is also a bit of a cock-up. Thanks for the LOLs Tesco (and Reddit user Andy Burdens for spotting this).

Almost as good as the chocolate santa penis! Seen any other design fails? Let me know at @sonya_barber.

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It’s a jungle out there: ‘Shoreditch Wild Life’ as spotted by Dougie Wallace

Posted at 2:00 pm, October 28, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

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It’s a fine line between peacocking and going to the shops in your pants, and this bloke is treading it with abandon, one flip flop at a time. Dougie Wallace’s new book of photographs of the human zoo (in a good way) that is Shoreditch contains a lot of debauchery, a lot of energy, a lot of fashion wishful thinking and a lot of things that are quite difficult to explain. Like monsieur here. Sorry, what are you laughing at, pal? Read the full post…

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