Ice cold in London
Would you go to a bar where customers are asked to leave after only 45 minutes? But in this bar they will go, because the atmosphere is far from warm and cosy. The temperature is maintained at between 17F and 23F (-5C to -8C). In the never-ending quest for novelty, a small corner of central London has become Lapland with the opening of Britain's first 'ice bar'. The bar holds only 60 customers, and serves vodka cocktails. Everyone has to dress in a special silver coloured cloak and can stay in the bar for 45 minutes.
Book of the month
Talk to the hand: the utter bloody rudeness of everyday life by Lynne Truss
Expected to be a major Christmas seller in the UK. A follow-up to her book on grammar and punctuation, this one looks at the increasing acceptance of rude behaviour. The title is based on the saying, 'Talk to the hand, 'cause the face ain't listening'. Truss attempts to answer such questions as, 'When did society become so inconsiderate?', and 'What will it take to roll back a culture that applauds rudeness and finds it so amusing?'
Film of the month
Wallace and Gromit: the curse of the Were-Rabbit
Written and animated by Nick Park and Steve Box
First feature length film of the animated characters, Wallace and his faithful dog, Gromit. They are animated by Nick Park, three-time Oscar winner. This adventure sees them protecting the village's vegetable growers from the deadly Were-Rabbit. Veteran actor Peter Sallis again provides the voice of Gromit, and Helena Bonham-Carter and Ralph Fiennes voice other characters. The critics have been enthusiastic. 'The film turns out to be a very English joy'. (Dominic Wells). 'It's a delight to realise that Nick Park and his team at Aardman Animation haven't lost their knack for producing instant-classic stuff.' (Joe Utichi)
CD of the month
Aerial by Kate Bush
This album marks the return of one of the UK's most unique and influential artists. Twelve years since her last release, her new double CD has been greeted with enthusiasm by her many fans. The album includes the single, ‘King of the mountain’. Described as ‘so beautiful yet so disturbing’ by one amazon reviewer. The release of the new album coincides with the publication of a new biography: Kate Bush by Rob Jovanovic (Piatkus 0749950498 ￡16.99).