It’s reassuring to know that despite the economic gloom one industry is booming. Cinema tends to be recession resistant as it offers inexpensive escapism and last year the UK recorded increases in box office and admission numbers. We in Newcastle have the luxury of one of the finest independent cinemas in the country on our doorstep. Built in 1937, the
Tyneside cinema was designed to be a true picture palace and that it is, complete with mosaics and oriental decoration. Lovingly restored to its former glory this beautiful
building boasts four screening rooms – The Classic (pictured) is an art-deco gem kitted out with leather sofas and its own exclusive circle bar. Cool cafes and a cocktail bar make the Tyneside a unique experience a million miles away from the soulless multiplexes. Plus each screen is also fully licensed, so you can take your drinks through with you – cinema really is a night out again.
WATCH THIS SPACE
Lightweight, oversized plasteramic watches in vibrant colours and embellished with lust enough bling. A fashionable twist on luxury timepieces. ‘Inspired’ by high-end designer styles they’ve been described as Rolex meets Swatch. The first UK flagship store has
just opened in London’s Regent Street. A-list celebrities and style leaders from Madonna to Michelle Obama have been spotted with a Toy Watch and our very own Cheryl Cole favours the jelly Pave in fact she loves them so much she’s had all her protégés flashing them on the X Factor each week. The Toy Watch phenomenon has been gradually sweeping the globe with everyone wanting a piece of the action on their wrists. They’ve been described as a cross between “a Swatch and a Rolex.” Ultra-light and hi-tech
they’re modern, stylish and eye-catching, available from Jules B in Jesmond and Yarm.
ART FOR ART’S SAKE
Martin Parr is known for his satirical documentation of British contemporary life. His latest touring exhibition ‘Parrworld’ on now at the Baltic features the series ‘Luxury’ – no specially selected images showing the different ways in which people display their wealth.
Designer clothes, cosmetic excess and parties are alt part of this repertoire. As well as the more established wealth hot spots in Europe and America, there are photographs ftom the emerging world as far flung as the Dubai Art Fair (pictured). And then some closer to home – scenes from Newcastle’s premier horse racing event The Northumbrian Plate appear. These colourful, flashy images are often humorous and wry in their depiction of class and wealth unmasking the ugly face of a leisured society obsessed with money and image.