Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

London Live London Live Helping You Make the Most of Your City Today

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

London Live London Live Helping You Make the Most of Your City Today

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ONE THING YOU REALLY SHOULD KNOW

New scheme to support London's small shops Inspired by this newspaper's Small Shops campaign - defending London's independent shops from supermarkets - Big Issue founder John Bird has launched the Wedge Card. It cost [pounds sterling]20 and you get discounts and special offers from hundreds of local shops and independent businesses. It also supports local charities with up to 50 per cent of the purchase price of the card going to local charities. The number of shops involved in the initiative is growing rapidly and you can find out where to shop, and how to get the card, on www.wedgecard.co.uk. "Our high streets are monstrous clones," says Bird.

"Wedge is going to help those shops that make the community tick."

WEDGED UP

Memo to clubs

Mahiki may be the hotspot of the moment, but if you draw the crowds, you also draw the coats. At 10pm on Friday the cloakroom was already full, leaving everyone to lug their coats around like dead animals.

We're in London and we like to layer. Mahiki isn't alone. Sort it out.

Take me out tonight

AN EVENING WITH KENNETH TYNAN

Readings from the critic's best works Kenneth Tynan's biographer, Dominic Shellard, introduces a selection of the great man's articles, including those on Miller, Osborne, Coward and Eliot, at the National's Lyttelton Theatre tonight.

Tynan, who came to prominence in the 1950s writing for The Evening Standard, was the first literary manager appointed by The National Theatre.

He was a passionate supporter of the project to build the theatre, even staging a mock funeral by its foundation stone in 1955 when the scheme stalled. When it finally opened in 1963, the critic recommended himself to its artistic director, Laurence Olivier, for the role of literary adviser.

Perhaps fearing Tynan's literary savagery, Olivier readily appointed him. …

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