Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Knowledge; What to Eat, Read and See This Week

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Knowledge; What to Eat, Read and See This Week

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Siren call

He spent the 1990s capturing his artist friends, including Gilbert and George and Tracey Emin, but now Johnnie Shand Kydd (stepbrother of Princess Diana) has turned his lens to the street performers, soldiers (above) and nonne who crowd the piazzas of Naples. Siren City is on sale now at Claire de Rouen Books on Charing Cross Road; [pounds sterling]65 (020 7287 1813; clairederouenbooks.com).

Sweet dreams

Chocoholics rejoice! All your chocolatey dreams come true this week, with two delicious Wonka-worthy tickets. First up is Rococo's evening of chocolate and rum tasting at Vinopolis, SE1, on Tuesday, complete with cocktails, blind tastings and exotic recipes. 7.30pm; tickets [pounds sterling]40 (020 7940 8300; vinopolis.co.uk). Then next weekend, head to the South Bank for London's second Chocolate Festival, promising chocolate sculpture, cookery demonstrations, raw chocolate-making workshops, tutored tastings and sweet talks from some of the UK's finest chocolatiers. 11 to 13 December, Southbank Centre Square, SE1; admission free (festivalchocolate.co.uk).

Bookmark

It is the fashion coffee-table book to end all fashion coffee-table books. At 708 pages, the Prada tome (below) is history, catalogue and documentary; charting everything anyone would ever want to know about Miuccia Prada's tasteful empire, from how the clothes are put together, to pictures of 3,885 different looks and images of the art projects that Ms Prada sponsors with her Fondazione. Prada is out now, [pounds sterling]90, available at Prada stores and prada.com.

Happy birthday Asterix

Although the wily Gaul was born in 85BC, he first came to the attention of the public 50 years ago, with the first issue of Pilote, the magazine launched by Albert Underzo (who drew the cartoons) and Rene Goscinny (who wrote the text). Asterix's birthday is being celebrated with an exhibition of drawings in the Gallo-Roman Frigidarium at the Musee National du Moyen-Age in January and a new book, Asterix and Obelix's birthday: The Golden Book, featuring the very first cartoons plus an anthology of birthday-themed vignettes. …

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