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The male gaze: Turning the screw

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It's been a while since trips to the theatre. I've been busy. But it's nice to see that it's the creative process that is at the heart of Kevin Kelly's Turning the Screw. And what gives rise to it. It's a dramatisation of the creative process leading up to composer Benjamin Britten's premiere of his opera, The Turning of the Screw. With deadlines approaching, Britten seems stuck over melodies and unsure about completing the piece for its summer premiere. But the selection of twelve-year-old choirboy David Hemmings in the leading role of Miles within the opera is the spark that motivates him to complete the piece. And his presence may stir other feelings, too. It's currently playing at the Kings Head Theatre .  Britten's fascination with young boys has been the subject of a detailed book, Britten's Children. The book suggests that Britten saw himself as a young boy of 13. It's almost as if he saw himself as Peter Pan, albeit if Peter Pan was a

Scenes from a long bus ride

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I suddenly had the urge to eat a huge roast chicken. Can't quite work out what came over me... Posted via email from paulinlondon's posterous

Scenes from Carnaby Street...

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Spreadin' the lurve... See and download the full gallery on posterous Posted via email from paulinlondon's posterous

Saturday morning coffee and muffins

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Scenes from a shop window WC1

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For problem men who like to wear no trousers... Posted via email from paulinlondon's posterous

Hmm steaaaaaak

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Brüno in tube

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Scenes from One and Other Trafalgar Square Thursday

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The house dress as art. Discuss. See and download the full gallery on posterous (although trust me, it isn't worth it) Posted via email from paulinlondon's posterous

Photo shots: I really like your shoes...

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Odd goings on in soho... Posted via email from paulinlondon's posterous
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Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world... So they say... Posted via email from paulinlondon's posterous

Scenes from SW9 Tuesday

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The latest in pointing out the obvious signs read "pickpockets operate in this area". So to test that assertion I took a photo with my iPhone. Darn those pickpockets, they must have been on their lunch break Posted via email from paulinlondon's posterous

Scenes from rehearsal

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Crap flower arrangement 101 was beforehand... Posted via email from paulinlondon's posterous

scenes from around haymarket Wednesday evening

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...or maybe not... Posted via email from paulinlondon's posterous

scenes from a rehearsal

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A random helium balloon... Posted via email from paulinlondon's posterous

Bit snowy Monday morning...

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And more to come... Posted via email from paulinlondon's posterous

a big breakfast in East Dulwich

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With the weekend a bit of a washout, it was a time for Full English Breakfasts. Saturday's was at Liquorish ... It may not look as good as the food presented at Tom's Kitchen (which is where I ate Sunday)... But it gives it a run for its money (and cheaper too)... Posted via email from paulinlondon's posterous

Scenes from a gay man's bookshelf

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The host of a party in south London had some interesting reading on his shelf... Well some guys like to mix things up... Posted via email from paulinlondon's posterous

Scenes from the Hayward

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At the Andy Warhol exhibition... It looked good at least even if the content was a bit suspect... Posted via email from paulinlondon's posterous

Scenes from London: the view from new year...

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This is what happens when New Year's Eve celebrations get popular. Who would have thought the punters would brave the freezing weather for ten minutes of spectacular fireworks (they did look rather good). This new years I also learned Italians wear red underwear for New Years Eve The Spanish like to start a new year with a mouthful of grapes Combine the above with the Australian tradition for a foine woine or beer and you're set for a great night out I think... Posted via email from paulinlondon's posterous

Scenes from shopping on Shaftsbury Avenue

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Dead bird on a wire... Posted via email from paulinlondon's posterous

Scenes from Waterloo station

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Under the clock... Posted via email from paulinlondon's posterous