Melnikov’s House. Modernism in its atom.

February 3, 2016

Melnikov’s House in Moscow is two interconnected brick barrels. Seen from above, they resemble a neutron and a proton of an atomic nucleus. I was picturing where this house will fit in my system, along with 2 Willow Road by Erno Goldfinger or, perhaps Weissenhof Estate in Stuttgart. Its’ decisive lines and slim geometry, its […]

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas Chickenshed Gave to Me…

December 15, 2015

The whole genre of Christmas family shows is, in its core, limited. It has to be a relatable story, kids-friendly, feel-good and enticing into family values. You know the drill. That is, until Chickenshed comes along. This years’ Christmas show based on “The Twelve Days of Christmas” carol runs through December and early January it […]

Every wrong step is a step to the gallows: “The Crucible” at The Questors

November 8, 2015

Imagine the facts become a derivative of reality, and not an equation. It is not what is said starts to count, but what mouth utters the words. “That’s very interesting what you say! But do you go to church often? Do you plough on Sunday? And by the way, do you sleep with your wife […]

I want to shout it out (but I won’t) – “Two” at Chickenshed

October 14, 2015

I walk into some popular type pub in the North England, perhaps a cheap Wetherspoon or something like that. The red worn out carpet, the dimmed lights and eighties music immediately transfer me into a completely different world and disconnect from the outside. There is a bar right in front of me and a few […]

Tips to maximise fun during Open House London 2015

September 11, 2015

Open House is an ever-growing architecture festival that goes under the same name but on various dates in more than 30 cities of Europe and the world. However Open House London was the first of its kind and is still a flagship location. It sails off onto its 23rd two-day journey on the weekend of […]

A summer well spent: International Writers’ and Translators’ House in Ventspils

September 2, 2015

I have stumbled upon International Writers’ and Translators’ House in Ventspils (Starptautiskā Rakstnieku un tulkotāju māja) quite by chance. I do not even remember where or when exactly I have followed the link to complete the online application. Sometime later I was surprised to receive an invitation to come there for a month.

Here be Dragons: Announcer at Willliam Morris Gallery

August 11, 2015

There is an exhibition called “Announcer” going on right now at William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow. It features the superimposed pages of “The Kelmscott Chaucer” and “For the Voice” – a 1923 book of poems by Russian revolutionary poet Vladimir Mayakovskiy, illustrated by El Lissitzky. William Morris Gallery is a gem of Walthamstow in its […]

Here be Dragons: Wimbledon Tournament and Victorian stoicism

July 14, 2015

Wimbledon Transformed So, crowds are storming a small south London suburb, Sharapova is staring at me from every tube station selling mineral water and sports section of newspapers has suddenly jumped a queue to the front pages? It must be Wimbledon! For The Fortnight, Wimbledon changes dramatically from the quiet village it usually is. Normally […]

Pride is a new Victory Day

June 29, 2015

Last Saturday I was walking round Central London with a couchsurfer from Russia. Well, better to say, “tried to walk round” for most of roads were either closed off to transport or congested to the highest extent. Much of the city was out on the street on the Pride parade. The great news from the […]

Here be Dragons: Belarisian Library and Museum

June 10, 2015

An unlikely venue – Hey, what are you writing about now? – I was asked every once in a while some time ago. – I am doing a review of Belarusian Library in London! – I would answer with a joy of excitement; – it is in fact the largest one outside their country! And […]