Roman Dead | Hip Hop Saved my Life | Reporting Trump's First Year | Getting to Zero | Bancone...
This week in The Week in Colour we explore Roman remains to uncover the secrets of the city, split our sides with Romesh's hip hop podcast, stuff our faces at one of the hottest Italian restaurants in town and go behind the scenes at the New York Times.
VISIT: Roman Dead, Museum of London, Docklands. For those with an interest in the macabre and a fascination with Roman history, this new exhibition ticks all the right boxes. Our ever-expanding city often throws up some surprising offerings from under the ground: Last year, a Roman sarcophagus was discovered near Harper Road in Southwark. This amazing find, plus the skeletons and cremated remains of 28 Roman Londoners were found during archaeological excavations of ancient cemeteries. The exhibition also features over 200 objects from burials in Roman London, including a beautiful jet black medusa pendant, thought to bring luck in the afterlife.
LISTEN: to Hip Hop Saved My Life. Now on episode fifty-something, this hilarious, light-hearted podcast with funny man of the moment, Romesh Ranganathan, explores the world of hip hop in an accessible and highly entertaining way. From Scroobius Pip, Frankie Boyle and DJ Yoda to Sara Pascoe, Reggie Yates, and the latest guest Kiell Smith-Bynoe, Romesh talks to presenters, comedians, ex rappers, rappers, actor extraordinaires, and everything in between. He tactfully explores entertaining stories about the first time his guests connected with hip hop, their favourite tracks, their latest projects and most importantly, what they had for breakfast. His blunt and dead-pan style, combined with his natural wit and personal insights into the hip hop game, means that his informal chats make for some much-needed easy-listening and a chance to go back to the old-skool.
To listen to the latest episode, visit http://www.romeshranganathan.co.uk/podcast/ and follow @romeshranga on Twitter for updates.
WATCH: Reporting Trump’s First Year: The Fourth Estate. As the dust settles on President Trump’s official visit to the UK, the media storm which has gripped the country still rages on in the aftermath. It’s likely there has never been a politician or public figure who has generated so many headlines. So imagine what it must be like working at the newspaper which has been responsible for breaking many of the most provocative and controversial Trump stories since he was sworn in. Venturing behind the scenes at the prestigious New York Times, Reporting Trump’s First Year provides a fascinating insight into the inner workings of the paper during the first year of Trump’s presidency. It follows a team of investigative journalists as they search for exclusive scoops and unravel breaking stories, from Russian election interference to the ensuing FBI investigation, from the far-right rally in Charlottesville to Trump’s coining of “Fake News”. This four-part documentary series is a vital viewing whether you’re interested in American politics and the media or not.
The first episode of Reporting Trump’s First Year aired on Sunday and is now available on the BBC iPlayer.
READ: Getting to Zero: A doctor and a diplomat on the Ebola Frontline by Oliver Johnson and Sinead Walsh. The 2014 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone is the subject of this important and hard-hitting book, which brings two unique accounts together in a truly compelling way. Oliver Johnson, a 28-year old British doctor found himself running the Ebola isolation unit at the country’s largest hospital when the doctor in charge died of the virus. Lacking basic medical equipment and facing overwhelming odds, his team strived to bring basic care to patients while removing dead bodies from the ward. Meanwhile, down the road, the Irish ambassador to Sierra Leone, Sinead Walsh was conducting her own fight against the spread of this deadly virus. In conditions where parts of the country were under quarantine, she fought to mobilise the national and international community - and found the world reluctant and slow to give the support that was so urgently needed. Their thought-provoking accounts reveal the personal side of an epidemic that is often reported only in distant facts and cold statistics and shows how two determined people can make a real difference.
Getting to Zero is out now, published by Zed Books. Visit https://www.zedbooks.net/shop/book/getting-to-zero/ to find out more and follow them on Twitter @ZedBooks
DINE: at Bancone, Convent Garden. Serving up pasta, prosecco and espressos in good measure, this is one of the latest Italian restaurants to hit the capital. You can literally watch pasta being rolled, stretched and cut in-front of you which makes Bancone a strong contender for one of the best pasta places in the city. From unusual options like Cuttlefish tagliatelle with chilli and garlic and Gressingham duck ravioli with Barolo to classics including potato gnocchi with sage butter and spicy pork ragu with Pecorino and tagliatelle, the menu is the perfect combination of fancy and casual – perfect for a date, but equally good for informal dining with affordable prices ranging for £6-£12. There is also a bar area serving snacks - aperiviti and cicchetti - among glass cabinets for drying pasta.
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