Bruschetta is an Italian appetizer or snack, which dates to the 15th century. Bread is roasted or grilled (this is a good way of salvaging slightly stale bread), rubbed with garlic, oil, salt and pepper, and then topped with various ingredients such as roasted peppers, tomatoes, basil, cheese, cured meat, beans or other vegetables. The most popular topping found outside Italy is tomatoes, onions, garlic and basil.
Find a variety of bruschetta recipes here.
Piccadilly Circus is in the West of London, linking Regent Street to Piccadilly. It was built in 1819 specifically for this purpose: as a road junction and public space. ‘Circus’ comes from the Latin meaning circle.
As well as Regent Street and Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus also joins Shaftesbury Avenue, Haymarket, Coventry Street and Glasshouse Street, placing it at the centre of London’s theatre and shopping districts. It features a statue of Eros and the Shaftesbury memorial fountain, as well as neon video displays mounted on the buildings. Underneath Piccadilly Circus is its underground station; the area is a popular place for tourists and locals, and one of the busiest public spaces in London.
Oliver Twist is the second novel written by Charles Dickens, published in 1838. It follows the adventures of the orphaned Oliver, who is born in a workhouse and escapes to London where he falls in with a gang of pickpockets led by the master criminal Fagin.
The novel was heavily critical of society at the time, drawing attention to the often overlooked street children of London, the tough conditions in workhouses and the seedy lives of criminals. Oliver Twist became a tragic hero of the 19th century.
There have been several film versions of Oliver Twist, most famously a 1968 musical simply entitled ‘Oliver!’.
The market hall was designed by Charles Fowler and built in 1830 in an attempt to organise what had previously been an outdoor market. The wholesale fruit, vegetable and flower market remained there until 1974 when it moved to New Covent Garden Market; the original building now houses craft stalls, shops and cafes and is a popular tourist attraction. Other landmarks in Covent Garden include the Royal Opera House, the London Transport Museum and the nearby Theatre Royal in Drury Lane. The area is now fashionable and at the heart of tourist London, known for its restaurants, shops and street performers who are a permanent feature of the central square.
Tarzan was wildly popular and Burroughs produced twenty-five sequels to his original novel. There have also been other authorised books by different authors and many unauthorised versions in book and film. 'Tarzan' is often used in popular culture to describe a slightly wild, very masculine figure.
The film was based on Coward’s play Still Life and looks at the claustrophobia of British suburban life at the end of the 1930s. The film stars Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard, two passengers who meet unexpectedly at a railway station. Despite their outwardly happy marriages, they quickly fall in love with one another but are ultimately forced to part ways. The film’s most famous scene is the final one, in which Howard leaves on a train from the same railway station at which they first met.
The station used for much of the filming was Carnforth station in Lancashire, at which the refreshment room has been restored to the way it looked as the famous film setting.
Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957) was an American actor and one of the greatest film stars of all time. He began his career in theatre, but broke onto the screen in 1936’s The Petrified Forest. Over the next thirty years he would go on to appear in 75 films.
Humphrey Bogart was famous as a leading man with roles in films such as Casablanca (see trailer below), To Have and Have Not and The African Queen, for which he won an Academy Award. He made his last film, The Harder They Fall in 1956 and died from cancer in 1957.