30.10 – The Friday Five – Bright’s top cultural finds this week

The Friday Five


1. Spot The London Buildings In These New Hospital Murals

A giant rhinoceros picks its way across Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Its rump bears an unexpected resemblance to the Royal Albert Hall while its horn matches the gothic spire of the Albert Memorial. Nearby, a fox scampers along another wall, its flanks comprising Battersea Power Station and Stamford Bridge.


2. Artist Who Isn’t an Alien Made an Unbelievable Crop-Circle van Gogh

Who said the d’Orsay or MoMA get to have all the Post-Impressionist fun? In September, crop artist and painter Stan Herd completed his months-long project of replicating Vincent van Gogh’s famed Olive Trees on nearly 1.5 acres of land in Eagan, Minnesota — giving travelers flying through the Minneapolis—St. Paul International Airport an unexpectedly delightful view (no offense, normal farmland).


3. Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond gets a CBE

Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond was awarded a CBE for a career writing much-loved stories for children. The recent movie about his bear who hails from “darkest Peru”, loves marmalade sandwiches and is adopted by the Brown family, introduced the impeccably polite character to a new generation of children.

4. New Pew Survey Finds Kids Reading More Than Adults

The number of Americans who claim to have read a book in the previous year declined slightly, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. However, in a somewhat surprising twist, the survey also showed that young adults 18-29 were more likely to have a read a book over the past year than their older counterparts.


5. Fashion’s Most Frightening Ghost Stories

A bewitching series of fashion illustrations: Ahead of SHOWstudio’s Halloween exhibition, we ask some of its participants – from Ruth Hogben to Ellie Grace Cumming – to recount their spookiest tales. Surely Halloween is the greatest holiday in the fashion calendar: an opportunity for fancy dress to become a competitive testimony to one’s styling prowess, and to showcase the showpieces that just seem far too extravagant for the office.