Culture & Lifestyle

Welcome to the Culture & Lifestyle section on City Connect

Covering a range of engaging areas from writers around the world – including lifestyle, exhibitions, plays and shows – our writers will tell you the latest news to ensure you never miss out on something entertaining, educational or inspirational.

You’ll find the articles in this section crammed full of inspirational ideas to help you create the perfect day or evening out. We review the latest museum & art gallery exhibitions, theatre, film and cultural events. Or if you want a quiet night in, this section also covers books which could help you change your life or those to get lost in and forget about the daily grind. We critique classic titles as well as latest online and bookstore titles guiding you through a world of entertaining literature and uplifting self-help books.

City Connect brings you all the latest news and reviews in the Culture & Lifestyle section to help you decide on where to get your next culture fix.

For a summary of some articles in this section, please see below.

Pizza Bread

Delicious savoury bread with italian pizza flavours. Preparation time – 20 minutes Cooking time – 40 Minutes Serves 4 Ingredients: 240 grams / 8 oz wholemeal flour 240 grams / 8 oz plain flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1/2 cup yogurt 1/2 cup cheddar cheese … Continue reading

Fennel Pilaf Rice

Fennel, a fragrant spice, giving a lovely liquorice flavour to dishes. Using this in this vegetable pilaf, it brings freshness to the dish making it delicious and aromatic. Preparation time – 5 minutes Soaking time – 35 minutes Cooking time – 30 minutes Serves – 4 Ingredients: 1 cup Basmati Rice … Continue reading

Sleeve Pitch

Sleeve Pitch [the way a sleeve hangs], now what’s all that about? It may only be two small words describing a small detail, but it causes its fair share of panic and disappointment, both to customers and novice cutters alike. You can try your best from start to finish when … Continue reading

Homesteading is Possible for Most People

Since becoming interested in nutrition and the overwhelming effect of politics upon it, I’ve gradually come to the conclusion that the only way to obtain nutritious food is to either (1) buy it from a small farm or (2) grow it yourself. The first option is becoming more and more … Continue reading

Hook Kick: 5 Good Reasons to Hit with the Ball of the Foot

Different schools and styles of martial arts teach the hook kick (also called reversed round kick) in different ways. Main differences manifest essentially in the way the movement originates, how the kicking leg is moving during the kick and what part of the foot hits the target that can be … Continue reading

Suits – The Three Main Fittings

Recently, I was contacted by a potential customer informing me he wanted to meet for a fitting at Savile Row, next Tuesday. This was news to me as I had never met the man, let alone run a tape around him. There was nothing to fit! However he‘s not alone in his … Continue reading

Strawberry Truffle Fudge

Lip smacking gooey  and  delicious melt in the mouth fudge. Preparation time – 15 minutes Chilling time 5 hours Makes 24 pieces Ingredients: Layer 1 300g milk chocolate coarsely chopped 400g can sweetened condensed milk 1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract pinch of salt Layer 2 60ml double cream 120g … Continue reading

What Experience Gives You

Recently I was running a lesson with the Cambridge University Kickboxing Society and I was pointing out to two beginners young ladies how one was not hitting has hard as she could while performing a simple exercise. Her partner was surprised of my remark and she stopped asking how I could tell … Continue reading

6 Tips to create more space in your house

Do you want to create more space in your house because the walls are closing in on you? Then you can literally create more space or make your home feel more spacious. We list 5 tips for you. 1. Place a veranda It is an investment, but with a veranda, … Continue reading

How Realistic is Your Training?

Considering that martial arts are, in essence, methodologies for fighting I always consider paramount to perform a reality check of each application. This is to assess if and when a technique or combination can be useful in a self defence or real fight situation. Please notice that some styles, like … Continue reading

Two Good Ways to Avoid a Fight

I am convinced that getting involved in a fight is something that should be avoided at all times. There might be circumstances where fighting is absolutely unavoidable and I repeat something I have already expressed before: in a fight or flight situation the latter should be preferred if you are … Continue reading

Lapels Are Back

I don’t know if it’s just me but there’s an interesting shift in style ideas going on, certainly with a lot of our bespoke at the moment. Although many of the high street suits and including James Bond’s are going for an almost 60′s style slimmness of cut and thin … Continue reading

My Thoughts About Tae Kwon Do

Finding a Tae Kwon Do class is usually very easy, in most places and for this reason I have practiced Tae Kwon Do (TKD) in a number of locations around the world (UK, Indonesia, Antilles, Spain) and I was lucky enough to train several times with some top experts, exchanging, … Continue reading

Current Bankruptcy Options for Small Businesses

These are perilous times for small businesses, which often operate on a shoestring budget and rely on cash flow to continue operations. The recent government shut-downs due to the coronavirus pandemic forced many small business owners to close their doors, perhaps for good. Others remain open but are relying on … Continue reading

You Get What You Pay For

Recently I have had a huge amount of people asking my opinion about various tailoring companies, offering what appear to be very good deals on made-to-measure, and even “bespoke”. I hope people are not too disappointed with my usual reply, which is I really have no more idea of the … Continue reading

Three Simple Tips for a Better Barbecue

Barbecues are a popular way to host family and friends, and they’re pretty easy to pull off: if you provide great grilled food, it’s generally a success. However, there are a few simple things you can do to make your barbecues stand out from the rest. Great barbecues create fond … Continue reading

5 Easy Ways to Prevent Bankruptcy as a Business Owner

If you are a business owner, you are likely aware of the need to be proactive when it comes to avoiding bankruptcy. If your business goes bankrupt, not only will you lose your business, you and the lives of your employees will be altered tremendously as will your credit score, … Continue reading

Machine Vs Hand Canvas Debate

Following my article, Fused Vs Floating, here’s something about the machine/hand canvas debate. With bespoke Savile Row, all suits are canvassed by hand- a chap sitting there, needle and thread in hand, sewing away. However with the ready-to-wear market, there are different manufacturers out there who fit a floating canvas … Continue reading

How to Press A Suit – Jacket

Thomas Mahon of English Cut demonstrates how to press a suit jacket the way a Savile Row tailor would. Check the article What You Need To Press a Suit for further information. Follow

Punjabi Samosas – To Fry or Not to Fry?

Samosas are available in most places in the world as little triangle pastries filled with a variety of vegetarian and non vegetarian fillings.  They can be eaten as a snack with a cup of tea or served as a starter with any meal.   Gujarati samosas are usually smaller and … Continue reading

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