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Thu 15 Nov 2012

As the last greying pumpkin remains rotting on doorsteps and the firework-burnt lawns of England begin to freeze over, we enter the pre-Christmas limbo period, also known as boredom.  So this week, I, Nancy Cole, am charged with the role of distracting you from the soaring heating bills with a collection of cheerful goings on in the world outside: it’s a nice place really.

Hollywood Costume

The V and A have awakened everyone’s movie curiosity by exhibiting some of the most iconic costumes every created.  From the action of Gladiator, the ‘marvel’ of Spiderman and even the glamour of Atonement and that green dress… This exhibition includes over 100 of the most unforgettable film characters from a century of Hollywood filmmaking and there’s even the chance to see the very shoes worn by Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.


Tis’ the season for facial hair and I’m sure you’ve spotted many suspect tashes circulating the streets. Here’s a glimpse at the most influential and awe inspiring creations to give you and me some inspiration.

Mine Sweeper

This mini-documentary gives a portrait of Afghan designer Massoud Hassani and his incredible Mine Kafon.  During the shooting of the film it was proven that the prototypes work, now Hassani is in the process of finding collaborative partners – technical companies, fundings and governments – to put these life saving deminers into production.  Watch the video to find out exactly how it works.

Pigeon Detectives

Next time you see a pigeon, refrain from the usual cries of disgust and have a closer look…

Whilst rediscovering some post war diaries, historians discovered that British secret services debated the idea of “radio-controlled pigeons“.  Plans were also being made to train pigeons to carry ‘explosives to fly into enemy searchlights.’ Maybe one day?

Nancy Cole, Graduate Intern

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