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March 26, 2018
Can you tell us a bit about Homie and what inspired you to set it up?Homie is London’s platform for renters providing a service that rewrites the way people currently rent. I came up with the idea back in June 2015, when I was helping a friend move from Paris to London. I managed to find him a home in just one… Read more →
March 19, 2018
What inspired you to up sticks and move to the French countryside to start your wine brand, Mirabeau en Provence?That’s simple- Stephen and I were madly passionate about Provence Rosé and we were big time Francophiles. So when the moment presented itself and because he would have had to move jobs… Read more →
December 1, 2017
How did you get started in in the Christmas tree business, and what did you do before it?I was a bit of an adventurer—I was a ski instructor and then I had a holiday company and took people to Africa. Then I was a teacher, but I was trying to leave the profession. I’d had a couple of market stalls… Read more →
October 16, 2017
What inspired you to take up yoga, how did it all begin?I had a really stressful job in technology dealing with TV companies. The contract over-promised and my job was to negotiate the under-delivery…! I’ve kept fit all of my life and worked in a health food shop when I was 19 so knew about the importance… Read more →
October 6, 2017
Did you always want to be a choral conductor or did you start out as a choral singer or musician?I was a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral from the age of eight, and I used to listen to a recording of Brahms’ Requiem, and dreamt of possibly conducting it one day. I then did some directing from the age of about… Read more →
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Actor-director Alexander Mercury discusses the inspiration behind his directorial debut, Mama - Saint Sebastian, being kicked out of the UK, and the enduring power of Charlie Chaplin
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I was born in Siberia, an industrial town called Krasnoyarsk. Countless factories kept the sky wonderfully grey all year round. Regardless, I had a beautiful childhood escaping to my dacha—a countryside house—where I spent … Read more →
Singer and actress Natasha Barnes on signing to Sony Music, being tone deaf as a child and an alternate life as a boxer
You’ve just been signed to Sony Music; how does that feel?
It wasn’t something I was expecting at all; I work mainly in theatre and, despite always being in love with many genres of music, I never saw myself as … Read more →
Andrew Pollard, currently playing Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days at Cadogan Hall, on his childhood stars, church pantomimes, playing the straight man and the downside of Victorian style
How did you get started with acting? Have you always been drawn to it?
I was first drawn to it watching my grandparents doing church pantomimes. They also had a stash of photos of them and my mum doing panto … Read more →
Painter Georgie Mason talks to us about working on 30 paintings at a time, making a difference through art and wandering around looking for inspiration 'like a paint-splattered scarecrow'
What does being creative mean to you?
Having ideas and making them into something has been part of my life forever, from ‘pretend cooking’, Lego sculptures and being let loose with paintbrushes in a house that was about to be … Read more →
Artist Sofia Cacciapaglia on being addicted to beauty, exhibiting at the Venice Biennale, and translating reality through figurative symbolism
Why do you label your style “figurative-symbolic”?
In my painting everything seems to emerge from the world of dreams. The viewer has no reference points, definitions or real landscapes to grasp on to. The dialogue I establish with each work … Read more →
Jewellery designer Lara Heems on her eponymous international brand, affordable luxury, creative social media and stealing her mother's earrings
How did you get started in jewellery?
I fell in love with my mum’s pearl hoop earrings when I was a kid—I used to steal them and wear them to school, thinking I was the best looking girl in the … Read more →