Reboot | The Bodyguard | No Such Thing as a Fish | Breaking News | Xia'n Biang Biang...
This week our what's on guide features everything from otherworldly art to edge-of-the-seat telly, fact filled podcasts to massive noodles.
SEE: Reboot by Shivinder Grewal. Shivinder’s stunning digital artwork gives the expression ‘out of this world’ a new and literal meaning. Taking inspiration from his own ‘near-death’ experience that left him clinically dead for seven minutes and in a coma for several months, Shivinder’s mesmerising art conjures far-away universes, mysterious microscopic worlds and glistening explosions of energy. Artworks printed on glossy aluminium recall some of the sensations and recollections from this life-altering medical experience and shimmer like vision from another dimension. Full of vibrant colours, fascinating textures and hovering shapes, his truly unique work is like a voyage to another galaxy and feels both scientific, spiritual and spellbinding all at once. This highly unusual exhibition marks a new chapter of in the artists recovery and offers fascinating insight into neurology, rehabilitation and the boundless possibilities of digital artwork.
WATCH: The Bodyguard. This utterly gripping new BBC drama follows the nail-biting career of Sergeant David Budd (Richard Madden) newly placed on the security front-line protecting the Home Secretary, Julia Montague MP (Keeley Hawes), as Britain enters a high terrorist threat level. With his disastrous romantic life and still suffering the emotional consequences of serving in Afghanistan, Budd finds himself having quite a few severely stressful days at the office – disarming terrorists, protecting civilians and trying to swallow his political point of view as duty calls him to protect members of the government he would probably rather die than vote for. As this line of work dictates, he has to spend a lot of time in the Home Secretary’s personal space, calculating security risks out on the road, hovering around while she has a drink and valiantly lending her clothing when she has a wardrobe malfunction before a TV interview. Expect potential explosions.
Episodes of The Bodyguard are now available on the BBC iPlayer.
LISTEN: to No Such Thing as a Fish. If you’re a massive QI fan then it’s highly likely that you spend most of the summer counting down the days until the new series hits in autumn. But the withdrawal symptoms needn’t be too severe, especially once you’ve discovered No Such Thing as a Fish, the weekly podcast produced by the writers and researchers of the hit BBC show. Hosted by regular presenters Dan Schreiber, James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray and Anna Ptaszynski, otherwise known as the “QI Elves”, the QI spin-off attracts over 700,000 subscribers and has received a great deal of critical acclaim, including the Internet Award at the Chortle Awards. Each week the presenters take turns to discuss the favourite fact they have come across that week and then the other presenters chip in with connected facts and interesting related anecdotes. Find out why the Dalai Lama is scared of caterpillars, why Churchill looks grumpy on a five pound note, and why Volkswagen sell more sausages than cars, and much more, in the 149 fun-packed of episodes this dream team have produced since the show first aired in 2014.
READ: Breaking News by Alan Rusbridger. Having spent 20 years at the helm of one of the UK’s most prestigious newspapers, there is arguably nobody more qualified to write about the crossroads at which modern day journalism finds itself than the Guardian’s former editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger. In an era of “fake news”, where it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between fact and fiction, Rusbridger argues that the internet has created “the most prodigious capability for spreading lies the world has ever seen”. The book explores many of the major challenges and successes of his editorship; from evolving business models to dwindling advertising revenues and print readership, from the paper becoming a global brand and pioneer in online journalism to its migration to the Berliner format. Bringing all this together and providing a fascinating first-hand insight into what journalism once was and has now become, Rusbridger’s eloquent thesis reminds us that now, more than ever, journalism needs to be a properly funded and appropriately resourced industry, otherwise the profession may vanish into oblivion.
Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why it Matters by Alan Rusbridger is out now in hardback, published by Canongate. Follow the author and publisher on Twitter via @arusbridger and @canongatebooks.
DINE: at Xi’an Biang Biang Noodles. The large canteen style restaurant in Spitalfields is the recently opened sister site to the original Highbury fields haunt, Xi'an Impression. Specialising in supersized 12ft long hand-pulled ‘belt’ noodles, Xi’an Biang Biang gets its name from the sounds they make! The noodles are covered in a ‘special sauce’ combining umami-rich Sichuan pepper corn, soya-based, chilli sauces, and topped with Chinese greens and a choice of braised beef cumin-spiced lamb, or chicken. Other original dishes include seaweed and rice vermicelli soup, handmade traditional pork burger, and jelly fish in chilli oil. One of the few London restaurants specialising in street food from the Shan Xi region of China, Xi’an Biang Biang is unusual, delicious and offers some good biang for the buck.
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