Scoop | Windrush | Gilles Peterson | Derry Girls...
This week we visit a delicious new interactive ice cream exhibit and check out the British Library’s homage to Windrush on its 70th anniversary; we discover new music from around the world with Gilles Peterson and catch up on the side-splitting comedy series Derry Girls.
VISIT/DINE: Scoop: a Wonderful Ice Cream World at The British Museum of Food. Experience the museum’s first major interactive super-cool exhibition at Gasholders London, Kings Cross. In this total sensory immersion, visitors can explore and experience the science, psychology and chemistry of ice cream in many interactive features throughout the gallery. You’ll be able to walk through a futuristic luminescent cave of glow-in-the-dark ice cream, experience a sub-zero ice chamber that puts the power of ice into perspective, taste a vanilla ice cream cloud and explore the physiology behind Brain Freeze. Bringing together the world’s largest collection of ice paraphernalia, collected by authors Robin and Caroline Weir, (Ice Creams Sorbets and Gelati The Definitive Guide) the exhibition showcases vintage equipment, service-ware, advertising, art and music, to chart three centuries of European and British ice cream history from as early as 1714 to the present day. There is even a special exhibit on The Dark Side of Ice Cream (who would’ve known it had one!) for over 18s only, telling the Scottish story of the 1980s Glasgow Ice Cream Wars where rival criminal organisations were operating from ice cream vans. And yes, there is plenty of opportunity to indulge at the gallery café, Conehenge, which will serve a menu of ice-cream flavours inspired by age-old classics such as Candied Fruit (1694), Conehenge All-Day-Ice-Cream-Breakfast (1691), Cucumber (1845), and Bompas & Parr’s secret flavour, ‘Bliss Point’. Each cone is topped-off with a sparkling garnish from the first ever sprinkle-fountain, invented by the museum founders, Bompas & Parr.
SEE: Windrush – Songs in a Strange Land. This exhibition at the British Library marks the 70-year anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush, which carried hundreds of migrants from the Caribbean to London. The British Library has drawn upon its extensive archive to show how the Windrush generation enriched and reshaped British culture. Using photos, rare manuscripts, recordings and music, the exhibition sheds light on why people came and what they left behind. Visitors can explore recorded reflections from some of the first Caribbean nurses to join the NHS and have a chance to see the manuscript of Andrea Levy’s ground-breaking novel, Small Island. Equally interesting is the story of Jamaican feminist poet Una Marson, who became the first black woman to be employed by the BBC.
The exhibition at the British Library runs until Sunday 21st October and entry is free. For more visiting information go to https://www.bl.uk/events/windrush-songs-in-a-strange-land and follow #BLWindrush @britishlibrary on Twitter.
LISTEN: Gilles Peterson on BBC 6Music. The great national pastime of listening to the radio has changed beyond all recognition over the years. Ever since the introduction of DAB, internet radio and iPlayer we have become spoilt for choice and empowered to tune into the shows we want to hear, when we want to hear them. Most people will find themselves too busy on a Saturday afternoon to commit to Gilles Peterson’s sublime three-hour radio show on BBC 6Music, and maybe that’s where the beauty of iPlayer comes in. But for those who love nothing more than discovering new music across a range of eclectic genres, Gilles’ show has cemented itself as THE programme of choice. From afro beats to jazz, modern soul to hip hop, Latin licks to electronica, Gilles seems to have the head start on everybody else, scouring the world for the latest sounds which may or may not hit the mainstream, usually months later. His show features in-depth interviews and live in-studio sessions with artists and is always jammed packed with fantastic music interspersed with his famous dulcet tones.
Check out his latest show on BBC iPlayer for exclusive interviews and sessions with electronica artist, Leon Vynehall, and jazz singing sensation Yasmin Lacey https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b8nbjt. Follow Gilles Peterson on Twitter @gillespeterson
WATCH: Derry Girls, 4oD. This hilarious and original Channel 4 comedy series follows a group of 16-year-old school girls in 1990s Northern Ireland as they face the daily struggles of teenage life; while also watching their hometown on the national news at the height of ‘the troubles’. From battling with parents over school uniforms (“I’ve decided to put my own spin on the uniform this year” announces Erin to her mother as she dons a denim jacket in place of her school blazer) to the hazards of getting to school when the road has been bombed, the series says a lot about how growing up with the backdrop of violent conflict is still growing up – with all its usual embarrassing pitfalls, obsessions and social problems. The lack of iPhones in the teenagers’ hands and the perfect attention to 90’s pop culture will certainly resonate with anyone who spent their teenage years trying to get home in time for Murder She Wrote.
Derry Girls Season 1 is available on 4oD at http://www.channel4.com/programmes/derry-girls/on-demand/59741-001 . Follow writer of the show Lisa McGee @LisaMMcGee and the fan account @Derry_Girls on Twitter.
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